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Ennis RB Nick Gabriel's 4 TDs highlight 64-13 win over Lovejoy
WAXAHACHIE — Nick Gabriel demonstrated that Ennis has more than one dominant running back.
With Gabriel rushing for 160 yards and four touchdowns — doing most of the damage in the first half — Ennis cruised to a 64-13 victory over Lovejoy in a Class 4A Division II area playoff Friday night at Lumpkins Stadium.
Ennis (12-0), No. 3 in SportsDay’s final Class 4A area ranking, reached the 60-point threshold for the third consecutive game and the fourth time this season.
Gabriel’s big night came at a good time. Ennis’ top runner, Baylor pledge Terence Williams, left the game midway in the second quarter with an apparent leg injury and was not in uniform in the second half.
“I knew I had to step it up,” said Gabriel. “I know I can’t be stopped around the goal line.”
Ennis advances to a regional playoff against the Frisco-Lincoln playoff winner set for 7:30 p.m. Friday at AT&T Stadium.
Lovejoy (8-4), No. 16 in the area, struck first with Abraham Dueck’s 1-yard plunge capping a 59-yard drive for a 6-0 lead.
With Lovejoy threatening again, Ennis safety Jahshawn Johnson changed momentum with an end zone pass interception. It was the first of three Lovejoy turnovers in the opening quarter and five for the night.
Devin Smith’s short pass in the flat to Tre Elliott resulted in an 82-yard touchdown for a 7-6 Lions lead.
Treyvionne Edwards came up with a fumble on the following kickoff at the Lovejoy 2 and Gabriel banged over to make it 14-6.
Gabriel made it 21-6 on a another 2-yard power play, this one coming on fourth-and-goal.
Ennis ran its streak to 28 consecutive points when Terence Williams popped a quick opener for a 27-yard touchdown early in the second quarter. The opportunity grew out of a fumble recovery by Ke’idre Flowers.
Chochy Luce, No. 2 receiver in the 4A area, gave Lovejoy comeback hopes a boost with a 28-yard touchdown reception on a fourth-and-3 play that cut the Ennis lead to 28-13. But the weather conditions negated Lovejoy’s No. 1 ranked 4A area passing attack.
Gabriel padded the halftime lead to 42-13 with scoring runs of 13 and 3 yards in the final five minutes of the second period.