Tycen Thompson + Kyre Holloway Carry Ennis to 41-28 District Win Over Lindale
ENNIS -- In the final analysis, Ennis had just too much Tycen Thompson and Kyre Holloway for the Lindale Eagles to overcome, as the Lions held off a spirited effort from the visitors to earn a 41-28 District 17-5A win Friday night.
The Lions are now 2-0 in district while Lindale is now 0-2.
Lindale, which fell behind 19-0 in the first period, refused to go quietly. The Eagles cut the lead to 19-14 at the half and 27-21 at the conclusion of the third period.
But Thompson ended any doubt by ripping off an 81-yard score with 4:43 left to push the Ennis advantage to 41-21.
Holloway had three TD runs of his own, including a five-yard score in the first period to help Ennis to a 16-0 lead after its first two possessions.
Jordan Robinson, who rushed for 178 yards on the night for Lindale, tallied the Eagles' fourth score with just 1:43 left.
Both teams suffered from yellow flag fever as Lindale was penalized 11 times and Ennis was flagged 13 times.
The Lions jumped out to a two-touchdown lead in the first eight minutes, using their running game exclusively on both drives. Tylenol Thompson completed a six-play, 60 yard drive on the Lions' initial possession with a 30-yard sprint up the middle.
The Eagles then moved smartly downfield but this drive ended in a fumble. After the recovery, Ennis covered 85 yards in just three plays, with Kyre Holloway busting up the middle for a five yard score.
The turnover bug bit Lindale again, as quarterback Montana Meador was intercepted at the Eagles' 35. Trevor Oakley booted a 39-yard field goal to increase the Lions' lead to 19-0 with 11:19 left in the half.
Lindale held the Lions on forth down on Ennis' next drive and quickly picked up a couple of first downs to the Lions 13.
On fourth down, however, Meador's pass fell incomplete.
Lindale's defense came up big once again on Ennis' next try by forcing a fumble. On the first play from the Lions' 39, running back Jordan Robinson dashed in for the score. David Franke booted the extra point and the Eagles had trimmed the lead to 19-7 with just over three minutes left in the half.
With 2:09 left until intermission, Lindale took over on the Ennis 18 after a botched punt by the Lions. On third and 8, Meador found Cameron Sir Louis on a crossing pass which carried to the Ennis 5.
On third and goal from the five, Collin McCartney took off around the left side for the touchdown and it was now a 19-14 game.
Lindale's first drive of the second half started out promising as the Eagles marched to the Ennis 43, but another lost fumble short-circuited that drive.