CONVERSE- It’s been since 2009 since the Killeen Ellison Eagles (1-0) won a season opener, but it’s a new day under HC Trent Gregory and Ellison showed they will be a much improved team with an impressive 48-21 win over Eagle Pass (0-1) at Rutledge Stadium.
The key for Ellison in the win was junior QB Carl Robinson who accounted for six touchdowns, including five through the air as Ellison’s speedy group of receivers consistently burned the slower Eagle Pass secondary.
After missing a field goal on the opening drive of the game Ellison struck first as Robinson found Domanic Burnett for a seven yard touchdown pass to put Ellison up 7-0. Eagle Pass would go three and out on their next drive and Ellison would answer with Robinson hooking up with Nygree Poole from four yards out for a 14-0 edge after one quarter.
Eagle Pass’ offense would be stuck in neutral most of the first half, the Eagles didn’t get their first first down until halfway through the second quarter and Ellison’s offense made them pay going up 21-0 on a 31 yard touchdown pass from Robinson to Xzavier Green. Eagle Pass would finally get on the board before halftime as EPHS got the ground game going and Alan Morals scored on a nine yard run to cut the Ellison lead to 21-7, but Ellison on their first play on the ensuing drive broke the hearts of Eagle Pass as Robinson lofted a perfect 63 yard touchdown pass to Jayden Smith for a 28-7 lead for Killeen Ellison at the half.
Midway through the third quarter Robinson tossed his fifth touchdown pass of the game to Jayaire Shorter from 18 yards out to extend the Ellison lead to 35-7 and all but end the game. Eagle Pass would manage to add a couple of late scores, but they were never able to make the game closer than twenty points. Ellison’s Domanic Burnett would end the scoring with an 87 yard interception return for the final margin of 48-21.
”I’m just so proud of these kids, they’ve worked so hard and I think we’ve turned the corner. Our community and administration has supported us and it’s starting to come together and the kids are seeing the fruits of their hard work,” said Ellison HC Trent Gregory.