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Get your popcorn ready…

By Mark Warde

It wasn’t that long ago that Terrell Owens instructed Cowboy fans to “Get your popcorn ready.” A lightning rod for both praise and parody, Owens failed to be quiet on or off the field.

While his statement, “I love me some me,” screamed of his self-centered nature, respect for his production and physical workout regimen were never in question. He came to play and entertain, not necessarily in that order.

No wonder Jerry Jones brought his act to Dallas for three years. He caught 235 balls for 38 touchdowns in those seasons. He was exciting.

Ennis, ever the football town, knows a thing or two about football. Little kids to old-timers in this work-ethic town you can buy just about anything colored maroon. Fans here like baseball and girls softball. Some go for volleyball or basketball, while others may have a taste for tennis, cross country or track.

However, one thing that is unquestionable is the city’s insatiable appetite for pigskin. It is safe to say that Ennisites can be quoted: “We love us some football.”

The Lions varsity are officially “in season.” Imposing their will on Lake Dallas during Friday’s scrimmage was like a movie trailer. You know the type. You watch it, hear it and you can’t wait to see it on the silver-screen.

This Friday, Aug. 26, Ennis travels to 15,000 seat John Kincaide Stadium (9191 S. Polk St., south of I-20) to face South Oak Cliff. Both are ranked and both qualified for the playoffs a year ago. The teams met in the post-season two years ago when the Lions thumped the Golden Bears on the way to a fifth state ring.

Folks, “Get your popcorn ready.”

This edition of Ennis football figures to be a very good one, despite the fact the squad is loaded with youth. That means the next few seasons are likely to produce a run on popcorn.

If I were you, I’d secure season tickets this week and clear Fridays for the next three or more months. This team may have some growing pains as they get accustomed to playing together, besides the fact the head coach has scheduled a gauntlet of early season opponents. So don’t panic if they stumble before they rumble.

The home debut the ensuing week, Sept. 2, could be a classic. Class 6A John Tyler, a perennial state power, comes to town. These juggernauts have split the last two seasons. Sharing the same Lions nickname, these teams simply don’t hold back.

Not into football? Well, I’m sorry for your shortcoming. But I do suggest you come just to take in the back and forth dynamic of the marching bands.

Gary Goodwin’s Marching E ranks with the best anywhere and JT’s simply don’t stop playing throughout the game. Every time their team does something good they play a short piece to the tune of “Big Bad John.” The bands alone are worth the ticket.

Allow me to throw in a good word about the Ennis Lionbackers. This group is filled with EHS supporters. The glossy, full-color Ennis program they sell during the season, will soon be on the market.

It is chocked full of photos of the team, the band, the Lionettes, and the cheer team. The Ennis Daily News produces it free of charge for the Lionbackers, who sell the magazine to raise funds. Be sure to purchase one or two.

Back to the Lions of 2016. In a rare 10-game season, this year Ennis has six home games. Take advantage this fall, for they might play six road games in 2017.

After the John Tyler heavyweight clash, Ennis welcomes Waxahachie for a Sept. 9 showdown. The Indians are ranked higher according to many, so the Lions will have their hands full.

The first three games are just the beginning of what should prove to be a robust season. It begs the question: are your hands full too? Are you ready for some football?

Well, don’t just sit there. Get your popcorn ready!

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