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A first-timer for Ennis football

Growing up in these parts, you couldn’t talk about high school football without mentioning Ennis.
I attended Midlothian High School, which is probably the complete antithesis of Ennis as far as football is concerned. My sophomore year, the Panthers went 0-10.

I did not attend a football school, to say the least, but thanks to my band membership, I was required to show up and act like the team was the best in the state. We got beat nearly every game, but the score was always especially lopsided against Ennis.

Which, I’m sure, is the exact reason Ennis is facing Midlothian for their homecoming game. It should be an easy win, but there are no guarantees. That’s why they play the game.

At the Ennis Daily News, I don’t cover sports, but I do cover the schools. For this reason, I will be at tonight’s game, shooting photos of the band, homecoming court and fans.

It will be my very first time to attend an Ennis game, and I am really looking forward to it. From what I’ve heard, the whole town shows up to cheer on the Lions. I’m sure tonight’s game will be exceptionally crowded.

It will be hard to pick a side though. Of course I want my alma mater to succeed. But I’ve identified with Ennis students for over a year, and I have their backs. I won’t be wearing blue, but I won’t wear maroon either (unless I find a semi-fashionable way to wear both at the same time.)

Friday night’s game will kick off a weekend of football for me. Saturday is TCU’s homecoming, so I will make the drive to Fort Worth to see my beloved Horned Frogs play against the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. I may not have attended a football high school, but I sure did go to a football college.

Attending a school with a great football team was quite a change for me. My freshman year, the Horned Frogs went 10-0. School spirit manifested itself inside me. I was a part of the marching band there.

I got so wrapped up in having a good football team that I tried out for Superfrog, TCU’s mascot. My junior and senior years, I had an alter ego, and I loved getting silly inside a frog costume.

With TCU ranked sixth in the BCS polls right now, I am more pumped than ever to be a frog fan.

I am really not that big of a football fan, but it is such a great feeling to join with others in getting behind a sports team.

Whether its high school, college or pro, people get excited about football. It really is like a whole other culture — the rituals associated with football can seem a little odd to those who don’t follow the sport.

In Texas, homecoming is a huge part of the high school football tradition. I can’t wait to see how it plays out tonight in Ennis.
Even though Ennis football has suffered some blows this season with injured players, the town is still behind them 100 percent.

Having never been to an Ennis football game, I am really expecting a lot out of the students and other fans.

Everyone in the community has hyped up the Lions, and anytime I tell one of my relatives where I work, they immediately want to talk football.

After tonight’s game, I might actually be able to hold a detailed and in-depth conversation about Ennis football. I can’t wait.

Liz Crawford is a staff writer at Ennis Daily News, and covers education and Ellis County government. She can be reached at liz@ennisdailynews.com.

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