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.
After celebrating at AT&T Stadium Friday night, Ennis players and fans hadn’t had enough.
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.
Friday night’s Class 5A football state championship between Ennis and Cedar Park has captured the attention and hearts of area fans.
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.
Scoring three times through the air and another three on the ground, Ennis (13-2) defeated El Paso Canutillo (13-2), 41-13
Ennis won its 13 consecutive game, 41-13
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?”
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.
Ennis fans now have their options expanded for catching the state semifinal football game Friday.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Lights, camera, action!
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.
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.
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.
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.