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Reports: Kitna to coach Waxahachie

Photo courtesy of The News  Tribune's Dean J. Kopfler / Former NFL quarterback Jon Kitna is heading to Waxahachie as the new football coach, according to multiple reports.

National and area media outlets have been buzzing over the past 24 hours with reports that Waxahachie Independent School District will hire former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Jon Kitna as head coach of the Indians football team.

Former Cowboys QB taking head coaching job in Waxahachie

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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.

Costly second quarter sinks Lions

www.photosbylezley.com / Scott Muirhead triggers on of five triples he made against Timberview.

A turnover-filled second quarter in which Ennis was outscored 23-5 proved too much to overcome in a 76-48 loss Mansfield Timberview on Tuesday night.

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.

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.

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