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Tree adds “E” for Lions crown

Photo by Justin Tubbs / The 30-foot tall mega-tree is on the corner of N. Dallas and W. Knox streets on the small parcel of land known as Minnie McDowell Park. Since winning the state title on Friday, a floating "E" in maroon and white rises between timed sequences on the tree.

In honor of the football state championship won by Ennis High School on Friday, the illuminated, 30-foot mega-tree on the corner of N. Dallas and W. Knox streets has added a floating maroon and white “E” to its array of moving designs.

Final five minutes reveal jungle kings

Photo by Oladipo B. Awowale / Donta Thompson lines up against Javelin Guidry. The senior caught seven passes for 99 yards and two TDs. During the playoffs he totaled 29 receptions, six of them for touchdowns.

Revealing the true heart of their team as well as their grit and smart, the Ennis Lions football team also showed they had plenty left in their tank at the end of a grueling 16-game season. It resulted in an epic victory to reap a fifth state championship.

Lions celebrate championship

Photo by Justin Tubbs / James Lockhart runs between rows of cheerleaders and Lionettes to the voice of Keith Howard, Sr. Lockhart played his final game as a Lion and will continue his football career at Texas A&M.

After celebrating at AT&T Stadium Friday night, Ennis players and fans hadn’t had enough.

Lions fans make their picks

Photo by Oladipo Awowale / Senior running back Taylor Thompson (3) speeds behind Grant Cervantes (78), who paved the way for Thompson and the other running backs all season. The two look to continue their success in the ground game in Friday's season finale at AT&T Stadium.

Local fans predicting the outcome of Friday’s state championship football game between Ennis (13-2) and Cedar Park (12-3) have one thing in common — a belief the Lions will prevail.

Lions seek state championship

Oladipo B. Awowale / Senior Issac Montemayor (6) prepares to lead the Pride of Ennis, the Lions football team, onto the field of battle. The Lionbackers Tunnel Crew, led by the likes of Rel Lipscomb, transports and sets up the symbol of Ennis at every game.

Friday night’s Class 5A football state championship between Ennis and Cedar Park has captured the attention and hearts of area fans.

State championship tickets on sale now

Photo by brucelattimer.com / Seniors Devin Smith (10) and John Lopez (33) add to the coup de gras, a 71-yard touchdown to finish off Canutillo, 41-13, to advance to Friday's state championship game.

Fans wanting tickets to see Ennis play for its fifth state championship can purchase them at a discounted rate from the high school athletic department office.

Lions crush Canutillo, 41-13.

Photo by brucelattimer.com / Tre Elliott (1) pulls away from an Eagles defender on his way to a 15-yard touchdown in the 3rd quarter Friday. Two would-be tacklers got a piece of Elliott's jersey, but couldn't bring him down before he crossed the plane to make the score 34-13.

Scoring three times through the air and another three on the ground, Ennis (13-2) defeated El Paso Canutillo (13-2), 41-13

Lions rout Eagles, 41-13, earn shot at 5A title

Photo by brucelattimer.com / Ennis soared pas an upstart Canutillo team behind the play of cousins Taylor Thompson (3) and Donta Thompson (11). They combined for three TD catches and 341 total yards.

Ennis won its 13 consecutive game, 41-13

A hemi-powered pass rusher

Senior defensive end James Lockhart

James Lockhart has been the face of the Lions football team all season. At 6-foot, 3-inches, 255 pounds, he is an obvious ‘yes’ to the oft-asked question, “Does that have a hemi?”

Lions meet Canutillo in Lubbock

Photo by brucelattimer.com / Senior signal-caller Devin Smith will be at the helm for Ennis' Team Maroon for tonight's kickoff at 7 p.m.

What started five weeks ago with 64 teams vying for the Class 5A state championship has been pared to four, including Ennis and El Paso Canutillo. they are the only Top Ten teams remaining in the hunt for the Division II title.

Lions game on TV, radio livestream

Photo by brucelattimer.com / Thousands of Maroon Platoon fans, like the mohawked David Kuehn, are expected in Lubbock on Friday. Some shake colored canisters, partially filled with gravel, as part of the crowd experience.

Ennis fans now have their options expanded for catching the state semifinal football game Friday.

Defensive line defused SOC power game

Four victories into their bid for a fifth state championship, the Ennis defense has turned in a pair of defensive gems. Friday’s 31-14 triumph over South Oak Cliff, a team with an overpowering offense, revealed a scheme and a team bent on execution.

State Semifinals tickets now on sale

Photo by brucelattimer.com / The Lions raise the regional championship trophy after topping South Oak Cliff, 31-14. Ennis has won 12 consecutive games and, as big game hunters, can secure a berth in the state finals with a win Friday in Lubbock.

The only two remaining Top 10, Class 5A, Division II teams in the playoff, No. 7 Ennis and No. 10 Canutillo, will meet at 7 p.m. Friday at Lowrey Field at Plains Capital Park in Lubbock.

Ennis to play state semi in Lubbock

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Ennis will play El Paso Canutillo at 7 p.m. Friday at Plains Capital Park in Lubbock. The Lions will play as the home team at Lowery Field, located at 66th Street and Avenue P.

The defense never rests

Photo by brucelattimer.com / Treyvionne Edwards (24), Drake Kuehn (44) and the Lions defense came up golden while shutting down the vaunted South Oak Cliff offense, 31-14. Full coverage on page 6.

Led by an unheralded defensive unit that handcuffed an explosive South Oak Cliff team, Ennis rolled to the state semifinals for a second consecutive year in a convincing, 31-14 rout of the Bears.

Ennis staggers, then KOs SOC

Photo by brucelattimer.com / A cavalry of Lions led by Desten Johnson (8), Tre Elliot (1) and Devin Smith (10), help Taylor Thompson (3)  get a few of his 120 total yards he ran for in the game against South Oak Cliff Friday in Mansfield.

A week after crushing Frisco Heritage with 11 touchdowns, South Oak Cliff was hit early and often by an Ennis team that stunned, then knocked out the Bears, 31-14, in the state quarterfinals.

Ennis-vs-SOC to be televised

Photo by brucelattimer.com / Devin Smith will carry the Ennis banner into Vernon Newsom Stadium on Friday.

Lights, camera, action!

Lions await stern test in SOC Bears

Photo by brucelattimer.com / Fresh from scoring the final 21 points in a 49-35 triumph over The Colony on Friday, the Lions savor a satisfying win on their rival's field in Waxahachie. Ennis (11-2) meets South Oak Cliff (10-3) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Newsom Stadium in Mansfield. The winner will face the victor between El Paso Canutillo (12-1) and Ft. Worth Everman (9-4), who play Saturday in Midland.

Post-season in football is a one-week season. Before Ennis head coach Jack Alvarez could Lumpkins Stadium after a thrilling 49-35 third-round victory over The Colony, a better-than-advertised squad from near Lewisville, he was being asked about the next game. So much for savoring a win for a day.

Relentless Lions wore down The Colony

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While the Ennis team has already moved past the win over The Colony and is perparing for South Oak Cliff, fans won’t easily forget the courageous performance by the Lions on Friday.

Football playoff tickets on sale

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Advancing to their second straight regional final by eliminating The Colony 49-35 on Friday, next up for Ennis will be South Oak Cliff (10-3) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Mansfield’s Vernon Newsom Stadium.

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