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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.

Ennis outlasts Cougars, 49-35

Photo by www.brucelattimer.com / Senior quarterback Devin Smith zooms along the sideline for a 60-yard scoring run to clinch Friday's playoff game against The Colony.

Scoring the final 21 points of the game, all in the last 10 minutes, a resilient Ennis football team rallied to defeat The Colony, 49-35, before a sold out Lumpkins Stadium in Waxahachie.

Inside the Lions big win

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In a game surely to be chronicled in Ennis Lions lore, the Area Round 17-13 triumph over Timberview, who were picked to win by 5-of-7 sportswriters in one Dallas newspaper, were strategies and sizable plays that spelled the difference.

Playoff tickets on sale

Photo by Bruce Lattimer / Drake Kuehn (44) celebrates after sacking Timberview's Devin Williams on a last-ditch 4th down.

Thanks to a last minute chopping down of No. 4 ranked Timberview, No. 7 ranked Ennis (10-2) has advanced to play The Colony (9-3) in Friday’s regional semifinal at Lumpkins Stadium in Waxahachie. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Rematch filled with questions

brucelattimer.com / Head coach Jack Alvarez brandishes the hardware that was awarded to the victors of last Friday's bi-district win over Sulphur Springs.

When No. 7 ranked Ennis faces No. 3 Timberview on Friday in Mansfield, a rematch of their season opener, the storylines will be clear.

Smith leads Lions into the playoffs

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Soft-spoken and unassuming is not the typical, modern day football player. Devin Smith, the starting quarterback for No. 7 ranked Ennis couldn’t care less.

Lions ready to roar in Lindale

EDN photo by Mark Warde / While the offense is in the spotlight, the difference in the Ennis-Lindale football game could be the play of the Lions defense. Defensive ends James Lockhart (left) and Drake Kuehn (standing) lead the front four while the high-energy play of linebacker Jake Turner fuels the linebackers. The trio are seniors.

Ennis travels to East Texas for the fourth time in less than two months when they take on Lindale at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the 6,200 seat Eagle Stadium.

Lions coach speaks at Lions Club

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Jack Alvarez, athletic director and head football coach at Ennis High School, told a crowd on Wednesday his 2014 edition of the Lions already have a bullseye stamped on their backs. Wreaking of confidence, he said the advance printing of playoff tickets might not be a bad idea.

Ranch gets Lions football

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Corsicana-based radio station 106.9 The Ranch will once again broadcast Ennis sports starting next fall, according to the station’s sales manager Nick Jordan.

Lions wrap season in semifinals

Photo by www.brucelattimer.com / Lion linebacker Ke'idre Flowers (2) and safety Shawn Johnson (7) tag team taking down leading Aledo running back Jess Anders (23).

The Ennis Lions (14-1, 7-0, 15-4A) gave the Aledo Bearcats (15-0, 7-0, 7-4A) the toughest fight of their season, but the Lions were unable to break through the Bearcat defense.

Lions are hungry for some Bearcat

Photo by Dave A. Vance / The undefeated Ennis Lions have been preparing for a big-time showdown with the undefeated Aledo Bearcats on Saturday in Midlothian.

The Ennis Lions (14-0, 7-0, 15-4A) and Aledo Bearcats (14-0, 7-0, 7-4A) are set to go head-to-head Saturday afternoon in the Class 4A Division II semi-final round of the playoffs. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at Midlothian Stadium.

Williams picked for ‘Semper Fidelis’ bowl

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Standout Ennis Lion running back Terence Williams has been chosen to represent Ennis at the Semper Fidelis All American Bowl on Jan. 6 in Carson, Calif.

Comeback Lions clinch region

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Neither freezing precipitation nor the Mesquite Poteet Pirates (12-2, 6-1, 10-4A) could hold the Ennis Lions (14-0, 7-0, 15-4A) at bay Thursday night.

Lions taking on Pirates

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The potential for inclement weather won’t stop the Ennis Lions (13-0, 7-0, 15-4A) from facing the Mesquite Poteet Pirates (12-1, 6-1, 10-4A) in the Class 4A District II Region II finals. The game has been moved from Allen on Friday to Kincaide Stadium in Dallas tonight.

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