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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.


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.


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 serves as the digital sports director for KBEC Sports. He is the former managing editor of the Waxahachie Daily Light, Midlothian Mirror and Glen Rose Reporter.

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