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Ennis tired of hearing about powerhouse Aledo: 'They can be beat'
ENNIS — Can any team beat Aledo? The answer is an unequivocal yes among coaches and players in Ennis.
“They can be beat,” Ennis running back Terence Williams said.
Aledo, the state’s top-ranked 4A team, is 14-0 and has won every game by 40 points or more. On Monday it set the new state and national scoring record with 956 points this season.
Aledo football has been the talk of the state and, at times, the country in 2013. It dealt with a claim of bullying after a 91-0 victory against Fort Worth Western Hills in October, and the story became national news.
“I’m tired of hearing about Aledo, really,” Ennis defensive back Jah’shawn Johnson said.
The teams meet in a Class 4A Division II semifinal at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Midlothian.
Ennis, a program with a proud football tradition, is in the state semis for the first time since 2004, when it won its third state title in four years.
Last week, Ennis toppled talented Mesquite Poteet, 43-21, in frigid, icy conditions.
Defense and special teams led the way. Johnson had a 95-yard touchdown on a kickoff return, Taylor Thompson had 54- and 53-yard interception returns for scores, and Terrell Hearne had a 62-yard interception return.
The Ennis secondary held Poteet’s prolific passing offense to 14 yards.
On offense Ennis features talented running backs in Williams, a senior Baylor pledge, and Nick Gabriel. The two have combined for 2,906 rushing yards and 48 touchdowns.
Coach Jack Alvarez described his offense as multiple-slot, multiple-pro. His offense wears out and confuses opponents by lining up in dozens of different sets.
Ennis has the benefit of an extra four days of rest. It faced Poteet on Thursday and squeezed the game in as a winter storm took hold. Aledo will be playing Saturday on just five days of rest.
Ennis won by a single touchdown against Arlington Seguin, Red Oak, Lancaster and Class 5A Lewisville. But Ennis has beaten its four playoff opponents by a combined score of 215-76.
The 2013 Aledo season will certainly be remembered for its prolific offense. Whether it adds a state championship to its list of accomplishments rests, for now, with Ennis.
“They think they’re the greatest team ever, and that’s what everyone is saying,” Johnson said. “But it’s definitely going to be a battle.”
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