MANSFIELD — Ennis solidified its position as the king of District 15-4A as the Lions shut down Mansfield Summit 19-3 Thursday at Newsom Stadium.
Despite the loss, Summit (3-5, 3-2 15-4A) is still in the thick of the playoff race, but the Jaguars must face two contenders in Mansfield Legacy and Lancaster in the final two weeks.
Summit shut out Ennis (8-0, 5-0) in the second half, but the Jaguars were only able to muster a 34-yard field goal by Ryan Rodriguez with 3:40 left in the third quarter.
Summit tried to get back in the game on the opening series of the second half, driving from its own 38 to the Ennis 13, but lost the ball on downs. The Jaguars’ next three possessions ended in the field goal and two punts, before Summit fumbled the ball away on its final possession at the Ennis 29, recovered by Lions safety Jahshawn Johnson, his second of the game.
Ennis scored on each of its first three possessions, with two long drives sandwiched around a short one.
The Lions took the opening kick and marched 74 yards in 12 plays, capped by a 31-yard touchdown pass from Devin Smith to Marcus Daggs.
Two plays after a Summit punt, Ennis added to its lead when Smith found Donta Thompson for a 73-yard touchdown pass that gave the Lions a 13-0 lead with 3:51 left in the first quarter.
After a 56-yard kickoff return by Summit’s Jordan Hester to the Lions 35, the Jaguars drove to the Ennis 22, but a pass interception by Lions cornerback Taylor Thompson halted the drive.
Ennis responded by driving 97 yards in 17 plays to take a 19-0 lead with 6:10 left in the half. Terence Williams’ 13-yard run finished off the drive.
Summit had another good kickoff return, by J’Von Varra, and the Jaguars drove to the Ennis 7, but a fumble was recovered by Johnson in the end zone.
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