ENNIS — Mansfield Legacy ran into an explosive Ennis team that seemed to score at will in a 56-18 rout at Lion Memorial Stadium in a game between previously unbeaten teams Friday night.
Legacy (6-1, 3-1 District 15-4A) had no problems moving the ball, but turnovers and an inability to slow down Ennis were its undoing.
Legacy’s powerful runner, Kijani Amous, rushed for 247 yards on 29 carries while the Broncos racked up 17 first downs in the second half alone, but they could not overcome a fast start by Ennis (7-0, 4-0), which now sits alone atop the district standings.
Scoring on their first drive, the Lions jumped out to an 8-0 lead, but Legacy came back to tie the game when Kenton Mayberry ran in from 8 yards out before Amous ran for the 2-point conversion.
But Ennis scored quickly on its next possession and never looked back. The Lions used the dual rushing attack of Terrence Williams and Nick Gabriel, complemented by the careful and efficient passing of Devin Smith to dominate offensively.
With Williams and Gabriel rushing for two touchdowns each in the first half, Ennis built a comfortable 30-11 lead by halftime and warded off Legacy’s advances in the second half.
The Broncos moved the ball easily in the third quarter, but they amassed only yardage and not points, turning the ball over on downs on two occasions.
Ennis also shut down a strong Legacy drive just before halftime with an interception at its own 5-yard line with just seconds remaining in the second quarter.
The Lions’ defense, led by defensive backs Jahshawn Johnson and Terrel Hearne, tackled Legacy quarterback Terrance Ivery for negative yardage on eight times.
Ennis’s Nick Gabriel, left, stretches past Mansfield Legacy’s Jimmy Jones for a touchdown on Friday.
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