ENNIS — It was a windy, brisk night at the Lions Memorial Stadium in Ennis, as this 8th game in their season marked a true homecoming for the road-worn Ennis Lions.
Ennis had traveled to East Texas for the past three weeks, and it was a nice evening to crown their queen and king and chalk up a fifth consecutive victory.
Ennis’ overall record now stands at 5-3, and the Lions are now sporting a 3-0 record in District 17-5A. Their newest victim was Jacksonville, whose Indians couldn’t muster much offense at all against the greedy Lions.
Perhaps these two teams weren’t quite ready to handle the ball on the quick-changing climate on Friday evening, as both teams took turns fumbling or intercepting the “cool” pigskin. Jacksonville accepted the kickoff, but couldn’t get a first down. JHS then punted to Ennis, and the Lions took over at their own 38-yd line. After only two plays from scrimmage, quarterback Kademon Graff fumbled the ball, and the Indians suddenly had a 1st and 10 at the Ennis 38, at what looked to be great field position for them.
However, not to be out-done by the successive turn-overs, QB Dontrail Session for Jacksonville tried a pass that landed up in the hands of Ennis’ Senior linebacker K.D. Davis, and he returned it for 23 yards.
Next, Ennis started a little drive from the Indians’ 30-yd line, but running back James Harris made a nifty 15-yd gallop, then fumbled the ball back to Jacksonville. Unable to advance the ball for a 1st down, Jacksonville had to punt, and that ended up on the Lions’ 26-yd line.
On the following 1st and 10 play, quarterback Graff pitched-out to running back Kyre Holloway and he ran down the left sideline for a 74-yd touchdown. The PAT by Trevor Oakley was good, and that made the score 7-0, Ennis.
The turnovers by both teams now seemed to disappear, but Jacksonville couldn’t get on track in the 1st quarter at all. They punted again, and EHS set up this time on their own 18-yd line. After a couple of miscues by the Lions’ offense, they shocked everyone by going for it on a 4th and 1, deep in their own territory. Thompson took the hand-off and was off to the races for a 72-yd run. The Indians stopped him on their 1-yd line. The next play Thompson cashed-in for the Lions’ 2nd touchdown of the evening. PAT was attempted and made by Oakley. Score: 14-0 toward the end of the 1st quarter of play.
Next, Jacksonville went 3 and out again. This time, the Lions took over at their own 26-yd line, and they were easily driving down the field against an already worn-down defense. The “Tycen Thompson Show” (RB) then kicked-in, and he started showing his multi-faceted skills by collecting valuable rushing, pass receiving, and return yardage.
During this particular shot down the field, the Lions’ QB Graff went for a 4th and 3 and lined up to punt. Instead of punting the ball, the up-back, Thompson took the snap and hit a wide-open Stephen Alexander for a 24-yd pass and run.
This long Ennis possession seemed to stall-out in a 4th and two situations, but there again the confident Lions went for another 1st down – this time by a successful run by Thompson. This time he amassed 19 yards on the carry.
With the ball set at the two yd-line of the Indians, Thompson delivered again as cross the goal line for six more points. This touchdown and the PAT by Oakley moved the score to 21-0.
All-in-all, it was a rough night for the Indian quarterback Session, as his center seemed to have trouble snapping the ball several times during the game. However, the one, good, long drive of the evening for Jacksonville occurred with just under three minutes to play in the first half. Ennis had kicked-off to the Indians, but their returner tried a razzle-dazzle play by throwing a lateral pass to his teammate for a substantial rushing gain. This deception play resulted in the Indians starting at midfield for their only successful drive of the game. A few plays later, Scooter Baker ran the ball in from the 3-yd line of Ennis, to give Jacksonville their first and only score of the game. PAT was good.
Time was at only 15 seconds left in the 2nd quarter, so the halftime scoreboard showed 21-7, with Ennis in a comfortable lead.
The Lions took up the 3rd quarter, just as they had ended the 1st half. On their first possession, they took the opening kickoff and quickly drove the field for yet another rushing touchdown, this time by RB James Harris. He romped into the end zone for an Ennis score. This made the new game tally 28-7.
Some good defensive work was accomplished Friday night by Lion leaders like K.D. Davis, Chase Woods, and Kevion Gabriel. On the other side of the ball, however, the Indians had a frustrating time trying to stop the Lions potent offense.
Later in the 3rd quarter, Ennis’ RB J. Harris dashed “untouched” into the end zone for six more points (9-yd touchdown) and a successful PAT was made again by Oakley. Score: 35-7.
The final score of the evening started off of a punt by Jacksonville. Ennis’ leading rusher for the game, T. Thompson, fielded the ball and ran it back 40 yards on the return. The Lions set up shop at the Jacksonville 34-yd line. The very next play S. Alexander romped 34 yards for the touchdown. The Indians blocked PAT by Oakley. Score: 41-7.
The Lions then ran out the clock in the 4th quarter, and the final score stood 41-7, Ennis.
EHS will be traveling this coming week again, as they visit the Nacogdoches Dragons who are in the cellar of the District 17-5A. Their current record stands at 1-7.