Terence Williams + Ennis Cruise to 62-17 First-Round Playoff Win Over Lindale
MESQUITE — Led by senior running back Terence Williams, the Ennis Lions ended Lindaleʼs season at E.H. Hanby Stadium Friday night with a convincing 62-17 bi-district win for their 11th straight victory of the season without a loss.
Lindale concluded its year with a 3-8 record.
Williams, who is bound for Baylor next year, rushed 16 times for 132 yards and scored four touchdowns as the Lions built a 27-0 lead after the first quarter and added three more touchdowns in the second stanza to settle the issue by the half.
The Eagles, who had a good night on the ground from Aaron Jackson (122 yards on 14 carries), put up 10 points in the second quarter on a 3-yard touchdown run from Delenis Garrett and a Jordan Lawless field goal.
In the fourth quarter, Garrett scored from 10 yards out for his second TD of the night.
But the Lions had too much firepower for the Eagles and opened the scoring on a 78-yard punt return from Jashawn Johnson in the first period, and followed that up with a 25-yard scoring run from Nick Gabriel.
The Lions then began to pull away on Lindaleʼs next possession as Taylor Thompson intercepted a pass from David Slice and returned it 34 yards for Ennisʼ third TD of the opening quarter.
Sliceʼs pass bounced off the hands of Tate Coomer and Thompson was in the right spot at the right time.
Ennis didnʼt slow its attack in the second half, even after building a 48-10 margin at intermission.
Williams capped another long Lions drive with a 5-yard score with 7:01 left in the third period and with 2:54 left in the third, Gabriel bulled his way in from 3 yards out, upping Ennisʼ lead to 62-10.
Gabriel also had a big night on the ground for the Lions, rushing for 121 yards on just seven carries.