It's Showtime - Lions & Tigers For
the District Title
Friday night's game is easily
the most anticipated, biggest game of the season so far. Ennis brings
an identical 8-1 season mark as well as an identical 4-0 district mark into
the game. Tiger fans have been looking forward to Nov. 5 since last
year and the game got a little bit more interesting this past offseason with
Coach Berry stepping down and moving to Ennis and Coach Henigan taking the
reins of the Tigers.
The Tigers and Lions have
both rampaged through District 14-4A blowing out everyone except Lancaster
and both beat Lancaster by more than 16 points. The Lion offense is
led by QB Jake Brown who's thrown for over 1800 yards and 20 touchdowns on
the year. Brown is also a capable runner having rushed for over 300
yards. Multi-purpose RB Marc Malone who torched the Tigers last year
is bigger, stronger and better as a junior. Malone has just under 1000
yards of total offense on the year. Brown's favorite target when he
throws the ball is Andrew Novak although he spreads the ball around almost
equally also to Scotty Thornton and Malone out of the backfield.
The Tiger defense has played
great and improved each week. The secondary is the strength of
the team and will need to contain the vaunted Harrell aerial attack while at
the same time keeping Malone under check. A key will be how much
pressure the Tiger D line gets on Brown. Lionel Gillespie, Richard
McJunkin and company have done a good job of that on the year and will need
to keep it up.
On defense, the Lions are
led by an extremely talented defensive line led by the monster tackle Greg
Jones. Dennis Beasley is also another exceptional player the Lions
will line up at end. In the secondary Patrick Roberts is the
quarterback of another solid group. The Lion defense has only allowed
20 points once and that was in their lone loss of the year to 5A Garland.
The Tigers have put up a lot of points on the board so it's an interesting
meeting between contrasting trends.
It's a great rivalry, it's
at home, come out and support the Tigers!!!