No. 7 Ennis Locks Up District 16-5A Title with 54-13 Rout of Lindale
LINDALE -- The No. 7-ranked Ennis Lions rolled to their sixth straight District 16-5A win Friday night in Eagle Stadium, a 54-13 demolition of the outmanned Lindale Eagles.
The Lions are now 6-0 in district and 7-2 on the season, while the Eagles are 2-7 and 1-5 in district.
It took a few minutes for the Lions to get cranked up, but by the middle of the first quarter they had built a 13-0 lead, largely on the strength of their overpowering defense and a long punt return by senior Treyvionne Edwards.
After forcing the Lions to punt on their first possession, Lindale couldn’t get past the Ennis 49.
Jordan Lawless' punt carried to the Ennis eight yard line, where Edwards hauled it in, veered to the right and followed a wall of blockers virtually untouched for the score.
The rest of the half was Ennis playing the part of the immovable object to the Eagles attempted force.
The sheer size of the Lions was hindrance enough but their speed proved to be the biggest factor in the Eagles having little or no success moving the ball.
Ennis’ running game, featuring Taylor Thompson (a 4-yard touchdown) and Tre Elliott (a pair of three-yard scores) were too much for the smaller Eagles to handle.
Lions’ quarterback Devin Smith, who also rushed for 76 yards, had touchdown throws of 39 and 14 yards to splendid wide out Donta Thompson.
Ennis built a 27-3 lead at the half and by the middle of the third period the Lions were substituting liberally.
For the fourth week in a row, Lindale junior running back Ryan Taylor was the shining light for the Eagles. He rushed 21 times for 155 yards and scored on a 32 yard run late in the fourth period.