TPI Early DFW 4A Top 20 #8 Ennis Lions

Check out the DFW Early 4A Top 20 poll. This article is for our premium insider readers only. Today at number 8 we feature the Ennis Lions who own 4 state titles and finished 7-4 in 2006.

When a 7-4 season is considered a disappointment your program has to be considered elite and elite is what Ennis is without question. Despite the Lions having their shortest season since 1996 (when they finished 6-5) optimism is extremely high along I-45 in Southern Ellis County as EHS brings back several key players in what could be a special season if things break right. Ennis should have one of their deepest teams in the past couple of seasons, but in a district and region that is always tough the slightest slip-up could mean an early playoff exit or even worse not making the playoffs!

On offense the Lions should be explosive once again, there are two talented candidates who are vying for the QB position but at this point neither candidate has separated himself. Lee King is back at running back, the big bruising back was named first team all 15-4A last year but early word out of Ennis is that King's role on offense could be diminished due to the talented group of backs coming up including Kendrick Wofford. This could free King up for defense and still enable him to be used in short yardages situations etc. WR Courtney Brooks is the top returner at WR, Brooks hauled in 32 passes for 438 yards and 4 touchdowns in 2006. Ennis will feature a big physical offensive line led by Kory Bragg, Sam Schemel, and Cannon Flynt.

Defensively, Ennis is led up front by Jose Sanchez who is a bit undersized for a defensive tackle but utilized his quickness off the line to earn first team all 15-4A honors last year. Andy Laza anchors the Lions linebacking corps as like his counterpart on the defensive line Sanchez, Laza was a first team all-district performer. The secondary is a bit of a question, but the Lions do have some talented candidates to take over at DB and they'll need that talent to go against the big time wide receivers in 15-4A.

It's a little early to project potential playoff matchups but an Ennis-Brownwood bi-district rematch could be in store and this season the advantage lies squarely with Ennis. After having to endure the long road trip down to Brownwood and facing a hostile crowd Ennis bowed out to Brownwood, but this year if the matchup happens it'll be in Ennis and Lion Memorial Stadium is a next to impossible place to win. Just file that nugget away for storage and we'll see if the prophecy comes to fruition in November.

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