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Ennis teams ready to face off in Saturday’s Super Bowl

A-Division football crown up for grabs in Waxahachie
When it comes to local youth peewee football in the A-division, one thing’s for sure – the 2008 champion is going to be from Ennis.
On Saturday at 2 p.m. at Waxahachie’s Lumpkins Stadium, the Ennis Lions (11-0) will match up with the Ennis Jaguars (9-2) to see who has the best group of 10 to 12-year-olds on the gridiron.
The Lions are led by Wayne Edwards, but the headman is quick to point out the help he’s received from assistants Quincy Robinson, Keith Webster and Rodney Edwards. As far as the guys getting it done on the field, the Lion roster includes Davante Edwards, Trey Edwards, Darrius Edwards, Jacob Turner, Tristan Flatt, Tristan Dodson, Devin Pruski, Dylan Dodson, Alston Lawrence, Brandon Hines, Isaac Maldonado, Mark Villarreal, Josh Longfellow, Sergio Torres, James Lockhart, Jordan Webster, Caleb Clark, Zach Jones, Artavious Robinson and Zach Perkins.
The team’s defense really rose to the occasion in last week’s playoff victory. Quarterback Robinson had to leave the game due to injury, but the defense didn’t allow a single first down in the 18-0 win over the Red Oak Cowboys.
“A lot of our first-year players have come a long way,” said the coach.
“About game three, we started gelling as a team.”
The stingy Lion defense has only allowed 52 points this season, while the team’s offense has piled up 354 points.
The Lions beat the Jaguars 28-16 in the season opener and they haven’t played a game that close since.
“We’ve had six shutouts and that’s the most anyone has scored on us,” Edwards said.
“I’m pretty sure the team will respond well in a close game. These guys are ready for seventh-grade ball right now, and I feel the same way about the Jaguars.”
On offense, some of the top Lions include Artavious Robinson as the signal caller, receiver Davante Edwards, running back Jacob Turner and receiver Zach Perkins. Defensively, it’s hard for the coach to narrow it down with so many playmakers, but he mentioned the performances of James Lockhart, Jordan Webster, Tristan Flatt, Caleb Clark, Trey Edwards and Darrius Edwards.
“I’m really proud of this group,” the coach said.
“They came together and these guys do everything as a team.”
The Jaguars are led by coach Melvin Smith. He’s appreciative of an assistant coach group that includes William Hughes, Thomas Dansby and Chris Horner. The team’s roster includes Kenneth Jones, Dy’Taveion Hill, Devin Smith, Ladareen Hill, Logan Patridge, David Perry, Alex Dlabaj, Michael Horner, Camerion Perry, D’vonte Hughes, Thomas Dansby, Donta Thompson, Joshua Yrlas, Aaron Saxton, Dre Powell, Savon Thompson, Greg Loftin and Devin Step.
The Jags won all their games outside of the opener against the Lions and a 34-33 loss to the Waxahachie Apaches.
“We’re an explosive team that can score with anybody,” Smith said.
“We’re averaging about 35 points a game and you’ll have to outscore us to beat us.”
The Jags are led by quarterback Devin Smith, who usually scores three or four touchdowns per game.
“Devin is a good passer and runner; he’s a gamebreaker,” the coach said.
“Donta Thompson is a tall receiver and running back who scores a couple of touchdowns per game. Ladareen Hill has come on strong this year.
“He’s played good defense and also scored some touchdowns for us. Camerion Perry is a good offensive threat when he touches the ball and I call those guys the ‘Big Four.’”
Defensively, the coach looks for Camerion Perry, Donta Thompson, Devin Smith, Savon Thompson and Josh Yrlas to lead the charge.
After rolling over the Corsicana Blue 38-12 in their first playoff game, the Jaguars found themselves trailing most of the way in a rematch with the Apaches at St. John’s field last week.
“[The Apaches] have a big, tough running back and they were leading by 12 late in the game,” Smith said.
“At the end, we scored and then went for an onside kick with under a minute left. Waxahachie recovered with good field position and when we called a timeout, they had first-and-goal at our 10 yard line.
“Instead of kneeling to win the game, they ran a play and the running back fumbled at the [Lion 1]. Donta returned it 99 yards to win the game and everybody went crazy.”
Like Edwards, Smith has seen his team come a long way this season and will be proud of the Jags no matter what happens on Saturday.
“The Lions have a good defense; they’re a good passing team and they do what it takes to win,” Smith said.
“We got off to a bad start against the Lions in that first game, but I think we’ll play better this time and it should be a great game.”

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