MESQUITE — Horned notched its second win since last October with a 33-22 win over Ennis at Hanby Stadium as the Lions defense allowed more than 20 points for the third straight week.
Right from the start, with 6:17 left in the first quarter, the Lion offense lost a fumble, putting the defense in a bind. That turnover led to Bruce Hattons’ 23-yard sprint to the 1-yard line. The Jaguars scored on the next play when Demarcus Smith dove in from a yard out.
Ennis, with play from Deonte McDade, ricocheted back. McDade pulled Ennis even with a heroic 16-yard run for a touchdown.
The senior quarterback and running back finished with 84 yards on seven carries.
Horn scored again early in the second quarter when Smith hooked up with Kelan Cheadle for a 75-yard touchdown.
Just a few minutes later, Smith threw a 43-yard pass to Obie Nwabuko that gave Horn a 19-7 lead.
Ennis responded with a touchdown of their own late in the first half.
Chris Lewis connected on a 16-yard pass to Kyle Guinyard that brought the Lions within five points at 19-14.
Ennis took its first lead of the game in the third quarter when McDade scored on a 7-yard run. Lee King ran in the 2-point conversion to give the Lions a 22-19 lead.
The lead did not stand long though as Horn scored with 8:24 left in the third.
Smith started the drive with a 64-yard run that set up a 4-yard pass to Jamodrick McGruder.
Smith scored on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter to seal the 33-22 win.
“We played bad all across the board,” head coach Sam Harrell said. “We will not play that bad again. We’ll be ready for Lancaster.”
The Lions host undefeated Lancaster at Lion Memorial Stadium next Friday for both teams district opener.