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Pair of Ennis RBs total 259 yards, 6 TDs in 56-18 win over previously unbeaten Mansfield Legacy
ENNIS — Sometimes a year doesn’t make much of a difference.
Undefeated or not, Mansfield Legacy again suffered a lopsided defeat against Ennis — a 56-18 blowout Friday night at Lion Memorial Stadium.
“We made a great statement,” Ennis running back Nick Gabriel said. “It was a big game.”
No. 2 Ennis and No. 4 Legacy entered the game with 6-0 records and were 3-0 in the competitive District 15-4A. Legacy was off to the best start in school history after going 4-6 last season, including a 47-0 loss to Ennis.
History repeated itself Friday. Ennis took control from the start, mashing its way up the field behind Gabriel and fellow running back Terence Williams.
Gabriel ran for 117 yards and four touchdowns, and Williams added 142 yards and two scores. Ennis racked up 532 total yards and 26 first downs.
“We normally line up with between 25 and 50 formations in a game,” Ennis coach Jack Alvarez said. “Tonight, we just got the matchups we wanted.”
The Ennis (7-0, 4-0) defense did its job, bending for 425 yards but breaking to only a pair of Legacy touchdowns.
Legacy (6-1, 3-1) went 1-for-7 on third downs in the first half and struggled to gain any momentum through the air. Quarterback Terrance Ivery was 1-for-4 passing for minus-3 yards at the break.
Legacy endured a back-breaking sequence as the half wound down, converting two fourth downs before an interception deep in Ennis territory.
Ennis led 30-11 at halftime.
“They made big plays, and we didn’t,” Legacy coach Chris Melson said. “We stubbed our toe four or five times, and you can’t do that against a team like Ennis.”
Treyvionne Edwards, Taylor Thompson and Terrel Hearne had interceptions for Ennis. Legacy also fumbled the ball seven times, but none resulted in a turnover.
Legacy running back Kijana Amous gained 263 yards on the ground in the loss.
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