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Ennis, Palmer, Ferris to learn district fate on Monday

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  High schools across the state will learn on Monday morning which district they are assigned to by the University Interscholastic League. The alignments will last for the next two seasons. Classification numbers, based on enrollment figures, were released by the UIL in December. As a result a number of schools have moved up or […]

Lions snubbed in All-District picks

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  Mark Warde [email protected] After winning the 2014 district championship with a 7-0 league record, Ennis football was rewarded with the most players chosen All-District first or second team or listed for honorable mention. An apt reason was the old adage, “to the victor go the spoils.” This fall the 2015 Lions finished third in […]

For Lions fans, this wasn’t last year

During three straight seasons, 2012-2014, Ennis lost a mere four regular season games while going 8-2, 10-0 and 8-2. No one beat them twice as only Lancaster and Waxahachie in 2012 and Timberview and Guyer in 2014 managed to upend the Lions. This season, while defending the state championship, something unexpected took place. And it […]

Lions Insider Hugh, Stu and Tater talk Ennis football

All season the Ennis Daily News three self-confessed football junkies, men who attended every Lions game, home and away, and witnessed plenty of practices. Each has played the game, though the latter prefers a Nerf ball or a couch and a remote control. Huge Jeego, Stu Pendous and Tater Salad have appreciated their readers and […]

Late rally ends season, 24-23; Magic missing as Hallsville stuns Lions


Mark Warde [email protected] On a night in which their offense met surprising resistance, defending state champion Ennis saw their season come to a premature end with a last-minute loss to Hallsville, 24-23, in Van, Texas. Yielding 10 points in a span of 1:42, the Lions (6-5) bid to advance further in the UIL Class 5A […]

Lions Insider: Hugh, Stu & Tater Talk Ennis Football

Q1) What was your impression of Thursday’s blue-collar victory over Lindale? Hugh: I think it was a lot tougher than most folks expected. Lindale is a scrappy, well coached team. Stu: Loved the defense of both teams, but Ennis’ vanilla offense made it too easy for Lindale. Tater: Give Coach (Jack) Alvarez credit, he won […]

Ennis stuns Lindale, 14-10, on late TD

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Mark Warde [email protected] Snatching victory from the jaws of defeat, Ennis rallied for an improbable triumph when David Perry caught a 20-yard Tre Elliott touchdown pass with three seconds remaining to edge Lindale, 14-10, on Thursday night at Lion Memorial Stadium. On the wings of the senior swansong, Ennis improved their overall record to 5-4 […]

Lions Insider: Hugh, Stu and Tater talk coin-toss loss

Last Friday’s wacky weather prompted a large number of games to be postponed until the following day, when better than expected weather prevailed. A few had to be played on Monday due to flooding. Ennis and Lufkin, the latter who reportedly turned down several prior attempts to avoid the trip Friday and simply play the […]

Lions lose game that never was

Mark Warde [email protected] Friday’s anticipated district showdown between Lufkin and Ennis, after being delayed over three hours by lightning, was decided by a coin toss. Todd Quick, the visiting head coach, called “tails” correctly and his Panthers won the game, 2-0, without even getting wet. The victorious flick of the wrist, which was done by […]

Fumbles, flags are thorns in Ennis setback

Mark Warde [email protected] No. 14 Ennis lost three fumbles, including one on the first play of the game, and John Tyler redeemed each gift with a touchdown in a 40-29 triumph at the Rose Stadium in East Texas. It was the third loss of the season for Team Maroon, all on the road, and each […]

Every time that flag’s unfurled: The story behind the Ennis football black flag

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Mark Warde [email protected] Inspiration can spring from a myriad of sources. During a speech to the football team by longtime Ennis assistant coach Steve Marrow, an idea was fostered in the heart of one of those players. It led to the creation of the black flag that leads the team onto the gridiron on Fridays. […]

Hugh, Stu and Tater Talk Ennis Football

Ennis scored 20 straight points in the second quarter to lead Nacogdoches 20-6 in the first half. While the Dragons managed to tie the score twice at 20 and 27, the Lions made the decisive plays on offense and defense to earn a tough victory. The EDN asked three professors of pigskin to ponder questions […]

Lions ground game needs aerial support

In football the team that flexes its muscles with a powerful running game can, at the same time, have an anemic passing game. It becomes apparent should an opponent have success in limiting the ground attack, or should they take a measurable lead. Either way, the running team may be outside of its comfort zone […]

Nacogdoches hosts Ennis Friday

Bobby Reyes takes the same view of Ennis as most head coaches. “They are the state champions from last year, but that was last year,” he said this week on KTRE TV, Channel 9. His Nacogdoches team, now 1-3 overall and 0-1 in District 16-5A, will get to judge that for themselves when they entertain […]

Hugh, Stu & Tater talk Lions football

Ennis rebounded with a resounding 57-0 trouncing of Jacksonville on Friday. The offense had 539 yards and the defense allowed only 109. They already had a 292-95 advantage at the half. The difference in the non-district games and the start of the seven games in District 16-5A was as clear as the air at 15,000 […]

Ennis ground assault buries Jacksonville, 57-0

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On a night in which the only thing that could stop No. 14 Ennis from further crushing Jacksonville was a seemingly endless homecoming halftime show. The Lions scored early and often in a 57-0 rout in the district opener for both teams. The victory ended a two-game skid for Ennis, who are now 2-2 on […]

Lions & Lummus Love Affair

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Ennis Lions Varsity football players and coaches surprised the students and faculty at Lummus Intermediate School this morning by forming a victory tunnel for the students to pass through as they entered the school. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of […]

Lions tune-up for district season

After three weeks of play Ennis and the seven other teams who comprise District 16-5A have an open Friday on the calendar. Next week, Sept. 25, begins seven weeks of league play. Each of the teams will utilize the extra days differently; to rest, to heal the injured and to prepare for the games that […]

Hugh, Stu, Tater discuss loss to Tribe

In an effort to get the inside scoop on Ennis football the Managing Editor at the Ennis Daily News tried bugging the locker room and paying informants. Nothing worked out. The beans wouldn’t spill. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of […]

Waxahachie deals Ennis 38-20 setback

Waxahachie surprised No. 5 ranked Ennis with a handful of onside kicks and a ground game that produced 315 yards all five of their touchdowns in a 38-20 upset on Friday at a sold out Lumpkins Stadium. Now 3-0 for the first time since 2009, the Tribe were near flawless in the first half when […]

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