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Layne takes over at La Vernia

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Former Ennis offensive coordinator Brandon Layne is the new head coach at La Vernia High School. The deal, which also named Layne as the school’s athletic director, was made official by the LV ISD school board on April 6. It took just four months for the Class 5A state champion Ennis football Lions staff to […]

Ennis ranked No. 1 in Region II

Cedar Park vs Ennis UIL 5A Division II Final. Played on Dec 19'th 2014 @ AT&T Stadium Arlington, Texas.

Despite graduating all but six starters, the defending state champion Ennis Lions were ranked the No. 1 team in Region II of Class 5A according to the Texas High School Coaches Association coaches poll released on Monday. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read […]

Rating District 16-5A helmets, logos, uniforms

By Mark Warde Ranking the 10 helmets and uniforms who will line up across the line of scrimmage against Ennis, purely on design, color usage and creativity reveals some interesting results. As a Dallas native it is hard to argue with the most popular NFL helmet, the Cowboys, who continually rate at the top or […]

Hutyra heads to Top Gun Camp

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Ennis sophomore Justin Hutyra will be competing at one of the nation’s top high school football camps, Football University’s Top Gun, held in a northwestern suburb of Columbus, Ohio, July 16-18. It will be his second invite to the event that boasts its participants are considered the best at their respective positions. According their press release Hutyra’s outstanding performance as an offensive […]

Lions scrimmage reveals progress

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Transitioning from being touted as the 2014 Class 5A kings of the jungle to the new edition of the Ennis Lions, the team conducted a scrimmage to mark the end of spring camp. Jack Alvarez and the coaching staff led two units of first and second stringers through an hour-long series of plays at Lions […]

Lions football camps adjusts schedule

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Who said there’s only one sport in Ennis? While football is still king in E-Town, a few other sports hold their own, including tennis and softball. The Lady Lions have advanced to the fourth round of the state playoffs, prompting Jack Alvarez, football head coach and athletic director, to alter plans for the conclusion of […]

Waking the echoes, Lions look to roar again

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Winning 14 games in a row in back-to-back seasons will get you plenty of attention. It will also get you a target on your back. The four years of the Jack Alvarez era has revived the spirit of champions past, a sort of Wake Up the Echoes, Ennis style. After a 14-1 season two years […]

Nine Lions named Class 5A All-State

Photo by Oladipo B. Awowale / All-Stater James Lockhart lines up opposite a South  Oak Cliff offensive lineman.

To the victor goes the spoils, along with plenty of hardware, too. The Texas Sports Writers Association released their Class 5A All-State Team and it reflects both the Division I champions, Aledo, and Ennis, the kingpins in Division II.

The deal is sealed: Lockhart, Thomspon, Kuehn, Lane sign LOI

EDN photo by Mark Warde / National Signing Day at Ennis began with James Lockhart, flanked by his parents - Jennifer Nunnery and James Lockhart, Sr., signing with Texas A&M University. He was recruited to play defensive end.

Three standout football players and a four-time All-District soccer star from Ennis High School signed a binding national letter of intent on Wednesday morning with four Texas colleges.

Former Cowboys QB taking head coaching job in Waxahachie


Jon Kitna, former NFL quarterback for the Lions and Cowboys, will be named as the next Waxahachie High School head football coach, sources say.

State champs rally: Lions past and present honored

Photo by photosbylezley.com / Fireworks lit up the sky at the end of the Parade of Champions on Saturday, with one fan flashing the 'L' for Lions to onlookers. In much the same way, the team capped its state championship season with an explosive finish to edge Cedar Park, 38-35, at AT&T Stadium on Dec. 17.

Confetti filled the air and lined the streets Saturday during the city’s state champions parade and rally in downtown Ennis.

Lockhart plays in All-American Bowl

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (left) clowns around with James Lockhart during media day in San Antonio. RG3 won the Heisman trophy at Baylor three years ago.

Ennis High School defensive end James Lockhart and his teammates on West All-Stars defeated the East,

Lions to Lions: State champs pay visit to local club

Photo by Justin Tubbs / Lions head coach Jack Alvarez holds up the plaque he received from the Ennis Host Lions Club at the group's weekly meeting Wednesday.

Weeks after the Ennis Lions football state championship win, the community is still celebrating.

State champion parade set for Jan. 17

Photo by Oladipo B. Awowale / Hats off to the 2014 state champion Lions football team. They will be honored at 5:30 p.m. during a ticker tape parade and rally which will also recognize members from the 1975, 2000, 2001 and 2004 championship teams.

The City of Ennis has announced an old-fashioned ticker tape parade for Saturday evening, Jan. 17 in downtown to honor the Ennis Lions football team for winning the state championship.

Taking offense to highest level

Photo by Oladipo B. Awowale / Devin Smith (10) and his offensive cohorts huddle up before a play in the championship game.

It’s a wonder opposing defensive coordinators slept at all before playing Ennis this season.

Halftime adjustments alter outcome

Photo by Oladipo B. Awowale / At the controls is Devin Smith (10), who is lined up under center Grant Cervantes (78). The right guard is Spenser Six (52). In the backfield is junior tailback Tre Elliott (1). The Lions rushed for 288 yards and a game total of 531 yards.

Reviewing the first high school state football championship in his coaching career was sweet for Ennis’ Jack Alvarez.

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.

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