QB Recruit Enjoys Championship Season

Quarterback Steven Ensminger finished the season in Shreveport on Saturday night and scored a TD in helping his team to a Louisiana state championship.

West Monroe, La.--Auburn verbal commitment Steven Ensminger says it is hard to beat the feeling of winning a high school state football championship.

On Saturday night at the Independence Bowl Stadium in Shreveport, the quarterback and his West Monroe High School teammates took a 28-7 victory over Acadiana (12-2) to win the big-school title for the state of Louisiana.

"It feels great being the champion," he says. "I don't know if I can still believe it yet."

Ensminger's team opened the season with a loss before winning 13 straight to take the title thanks to a good start and finish on Saturday night

"We came out offensively and scored on our first two drives," he says. "It was a great feeling. I guess after we got a two-touchdown lead we let down a little bit and started making mistakes and not focusing and helped them get back into the game.

"Our defense has been keeping us in games all season and they came through for us again," he says. "We came back and scored 14 more points in the fourth quarter and put it away."

Ensminger transferred to West Monroe prior to the start of the season after playing his previous two seasons at Opelika, Ala., High. The son of Auburn's tight ends coach, Steve Ensminger, he says he wishes his old team could have won a championship, too.

"Everything went well with my decision to come to West Monroe," he says. "My dad made it to the game and it was great to see him. I miss my friends in Opelika and everything. I am glad for Opelika and the run they made to the semi-finals."

Ensminger didn't have big offensive numbers in the championship game, but did enough to lead the Rebels to victory. He completed 7-19 passes for 67 yards and was intercepted twice.

With a crowd of 10,650 watching, Ensminger set up the first score of the game with a 25-yard pass that was followed by a six-yard run by tailback and game MVP Frank Goodwin to finish a nine-play drive with 7:23 left in the opening quarter.

The Rebels only had to drive 18 yards for their second score after a 38-yard punt return. Ensminger scored on a three-yard run to make it 14-0 with 5:32 to go in the first quarter.

That led to a sixth state title for West Monroe and the first since 2000. Last year, the Rebels lost in the championship game to Evangel Christian. However, this year the Rebels never trailed and used two late TD runs from Goodwin to stretch the margin to 21 points.

Ensminger says he plans to work on his football skills before beginning classes at Auburn in the summer. "I am going to keep lifting weights and keep throwing every day and just get myself prepared," he says.

Ensminger, who has exceptional leaping ability, had planned to play basketball, but isn't certain he will do that now. "I have got to talk to my dad about that one," he says. "He doesn't want me to lose weight so it is up to him."

He does plan to finish his high school athletic career with at least one more sport. He is going to throw the javelin this spring for the West Monroe High track and field team.

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