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Looking back on Lion football: My offensive top 10

Honorable Mention – This year I decided to list several 2007 player performances in the honorable mention section in order to acknowledge all of the efforts I deemed to be impressive.
Deonte McDade can be found throughout the top 10, but I wanted to credit him for a quality showing against Waxahachie with 132 rushing yards and a score on 30 carries along with his best passing game of the season – 11 completions for 136 yards.
McDade also put up some great numbers in the opener against Waco University. Beyond his two interceptions on defense, Deonte rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns on a mere seven carries.
Cortney Brooks opened up with his own strong game against University by hauling in six passes for 89 yards and a score. On the road against Mesquite Horn, Kyle Guinyard made a superb leaping touchdown grab on his way to eight catches and 96 yards.

10. Deonte McDade vs. Mesquite Horn – This was the final ballgame before McDade became an offensive starter and his tremendous productivity likely forced such a decision. The junior rolled up 146 rushing yards and two scores – from 16 and seven yards out – on just 14 carries against Ennis’ only 5A opponent of the season. Deonte was still playing cornerback in this ballgame and he also managed to recover a fumble on special teams late in the opening half. “Deonte had some great runs tonight,” said coach Sam Harrell.

9. Kelvin Pace vs. Midlothian – Kelvin wasn’t the only Lion to log his best statistical game of the season against the Panthers in what was a rushing clinic put on by Ennis. Pace racked up 117 yards on just nine carries in the ballgame. He broke off a 32-yard run on his second attempt and finished with three runs of at least 30 yards. “It felt great to come out and break some tackles with the offensive line blocking well,” Pace said.
“I just hit the holes right tonight.” “We see [Kelvin] do great things in workouts and it was good to see him break loose,” Harrell added.

8. Kyle Guinyard vs. Waco University – Though it’s true a three-legged turtle wearing cement boots could have a fine evening against the University defense, this performance was impressive because sophomore Guinyard excelled in his first varsity appearance with 122 yards on seven catches. Much of Kyle’s success came early in the ballgame to help Ennis establish an offensive rhythm before it pulled away. “I was a little nervous at first, but I got used to [University’s] coverage and did my best,” Guinyard said. Showcasing his big-play ability, Kyle’s first-career varsity grab went for 25 yards and he soon followed with a 43-yard reception.

7. Kyle Guinyard vs. Dallas Lincoln – Kyle’s performance against Lincoln was interesting because he achieved about as much production as one could hope for in four catches – 124 yards and two touchdowns – and due to the fact his stats accounted for virtually all of Ennis’ team passing totals. The Lions took a double-digit lead when Chris Lewis hit Kyle perfectly in stride for a 55-yard score.
“It was my first varsity touchdown, so I was happy,” Kyle said. Guinyard made his best catch of the game with a spectacular 32-yard leaping grab over his defender and later dove for a 19-yard touchdown reception.

6. Deonte McDade vs. Arlington Seguin – All things considered, Deonte might’ve played better in aforementioned games against Horn and Waxahachie, but there’s no getting around his gigantic stat line of 225 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 35 carries. Known for lengthy touchdown runs, this was a game where McDade repeatedly hit paydirt on short scampers of six, eight, one and nine yards. “We were just running the ball down their throats and trying to execute our gameplan,” the junior said on the heels of his third 200-yard 15-4A rushing game in as many tries.

5. Lee King vs. Waco High #2 – This might’ve been Lee’s ultimate showcase of his versatility in what was probably the biggest win of his career. Against a stingy Waco High defense, King bulled his way to 75 yards and two scores – an 18-yard run with time running out in the first half and a two-yard carry in overtime – while also tossing a 44-yard touchdown bomb to Michael Guinyard that got Ennis on the scoreboard and gave the underdogs a shot in the arm.
“I’ve got confidence in Mike, so I knew he was going to catch it,” King said. Oh by the way, Lee tallied 10 tackles in the ballgame at middle linebacker.

4. Lee King vs. Dallas Lincoln – In the final triple-digit rushing performance of his impressive Lion career, King had his way with Lincoln to the tune of 143 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries. The scores were vintage King power bursts of two, three and two yards, yet Lee did break off a 41-yard scamper in the win as well. He was outstanding on the other side of the ball too with 13 tackles and an interception.
“All I did was follow the big linemen and they got me the yards [tonight],” King said.
“Those guys made sure [Lincoln] couldn’t stop me. I can taste the end zone when we get close and I have to get in there.”

3. Deonte McDade vs. Lancaster – Considering he delivered the best statistical rushing season in the history of Lion football by a wide margin, it should come as no surprise McDade has a stranglehold on the top three performances of the season. Deonte officially arrived as an offensive force in his district debut against Lancaster with 242 rushing yards and four touchdowns on just 22 carries. Don’t ever underestimate the importance of endurance as McDade registered 172 yards and three scores on his final seven totes. He didn’t get too familiar with the red zone thanks to touchdown runs of 37, three, 40 and 85 yards.

2. Deonte McDade vs. Waco High #2 – Leading Ennis to its biggest win since he’s been on the varsity squad, McDade was outstanding against the best defense to cross his path. Deonte found ground success versus Waco High that most opponents only dream of with 169 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries. Both of his scores came in overtime on thrilling runs of 21 and 12 yards. Deonte actually had two 12-yard gains in the final overtime series for the knockout blow to upset No. 3 Waco.
“Deonte has carried us at times this year and he did again at the end,” Harrell said. “That’s a big-time player making big-time plays.”

1. Deonte McDade vs. Midlothian – I might’ve never had an easier decision while compiling a top 10 list. McDade mauled Midlothian for 251 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 30 carries and also completed three passes for 48 yards with two more scores. His paydirt ground visits covered distances of 70, four, one and 57 yards.
The entire state took notice as Deonte was named the Built Ford Tough/Dallas Cowboys Texas High School Football Player of the Week for the 4A division. The junior’s final touchdown run of 57 yards wasn’t necessarily supposed to happen, but he was just too hot to handle on this night. “We were trying to make a first down and run the clock, but Deonte had bigger things in mind and that’s okay,” Harrell joked.

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