ENNIS — The Lions came out hungry on Friday night’s homecoming game, and the Jackrabbits were an easy target as EHS rolled to a 52-0 score at Memorial Stadium. Ennis continues to claim the top spot in the U.I.L.’s 8-5A district (small school division).
Head coach Sam Harrell had his boys in beast mode for this encounter, as the Lions looked like a well-oiled machine moving up and down the field on offense. They received the opening kickoff on their 25-yard line, and took up half the first quarter with a balanced pass/run attack on their first drive. And Ennis never looked back. RB Jarius Jones crashed the Forney line with a 1-yard burst into the end zone for the beginning score of the evening.
The Lions were skillfully led by junior QB Collin Drake, who had an excellent game – going 10 out of 13, for 168 yards passing, and also romped 46 yards on the ground, with one touchdown. His favorite receiver was again Layton Spencer who caught 4 passes for 102 yards, and scored 2 TDs.
Other air contributors were: Karon Smith, Michael Markgraf, Clayton Jenkins, Azian Brown, and Dyllan Santos. Touchdowns were scored through the air by: Spencer 2 and Smith 1. Rushing scorers were: Devion Beasley 1, J. Jones 1, Drake 1, and Santos 1 – and one lone field goal (38-yarder) was tallied by kicker Angel Aguilar.
Defensive Coordinator Paul Willingham should have been proud of the Ennis defense against Forney, as his squad was stellar on this night. The Ennis "D" gave up only 137 total yards to the Jackrabbits – and most of that yardage was a 41-yard pass and catch that came toward the end of the game.
Senior Dane Vernor led the consistent, defensive onslaught with teammates Deryous Stokes, Jarveon Williams, Ashton McGraw, and Michael Martinez.
The Lions will sit down this Friday as their “bye week” occurs next. The following Friday evening, Nov. 1, will be a tough showdown when they travel to play the Corsicana Tigers, whose record is currently 6-2 overall and 5-1 in district. They are nipping on the heels of the Lions, in second place in the district. The battle will take place at Tiger Stadium in Corsicana. A win by the Lions would lock up the district title.