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Ennis wins Battle of Chambers Creek, district title against Corsicana

By Travis M. Smith | KBEC Sports

The Ennis Lions dominated both sides of the football to win the annual Battle of Chambers Creek and a district championship Friday night.

Ennis scored three second-quarter touchdowns at Tiger Stadium to defeat Corsicana, 30-21, and win the District 8-5A Division II title outright.

The district title is the first for head coach Sam Harrell since his 2018 return to the Lion program that he turned into a perennial power in the late 1990s and into the early 2000s.

THE GAME

Ennis quarterback Collin Drake got the second-quarter scoring started with a 9-yard touchdown run to cap a seven-play drive. The scamper put the Lions on top, 9-7, with 8:56 to play in the quarter.

The lead, though, was brief, as Drew Denbow returned the blocked point-after-attempt for a two-point score to knot the game at 9-all.

The Ennis offense found the end zone again two possessions later when Drake connected with Laylon Spencer (4-99) on the first play of the drive. Spencer took the reception 59 yards to pay dirt and put Ennis up, 16-9, with four minutes and change to play in the half.

The final score of the first half came when Jarius Jones capitalized on an Ennis interception with a 3-yard touchdown run. Angel Aguilar split the uprights to put the Lions up 23-9 with 1:42 left before half time.

Drake added a second rushing touchdown — this time from 5 yards out — late in the fourth quarter to build a comfortable 30-9 lead for the Lions.

The Tigers eventually added two fourth-quarter touchdowns.

Ennis outpaced Corsicana 376 total yards to 295 and made the most of two Tiger turnovers.

The Lions rushed for 234 yards — far more than the 74 amassed on the ground by the Tigers.

Drake led the way in that department for Ennis, carrying the ball a game-high 21 times for 127 yards and two touchdowns. He also completed 8-of-13 passes for 142 yards and one score.

UP NEXT

Ennis improved to 8-1 on the season and 7-0 id 8-5A with the win, while Corsicana fell to 7-3 on the year and 6-2 in district play.

The Lions will wrap up the regular season at 7:30 p.m. Friday at home against Greenville.

About Travis M. Smith

Travis M. Smith is the owner and content director of Ellis County Sports and has over a decade of award-winning sports coverage. He most recently served as the digital sports director for KBEC 1390AM/99.1FM. He is the former managing editor of the Waxahachie Daily Light, Midlothian Mirror and Glen Rose Reporter.

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