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Turnovers help Waxahachie defeat rival Ennis, 16-0, gain playoff berth
Highway 27 grudge match sign remains in Waxahachie
ENNIS — There were ways Waxahachie could have advanced to the state playoffs even with a loss in its annual Highway 287 grudge match with Ennis.
But Waxahachie erased the need for any other scenario with a 16-0 victory over its biggest rival Friday night at Lion Memorial Stadium.
Waxahachie (6-4, 4-3 in District 15-4A) advances to face Tyler John Tyler in a Class 4A Division I playoff next week.
Ennis (8-2, 5-2), already assured a playoff berth, will face Whitehouse in a Class 4A Division II playoff.
“There were a lot of things on the line and the kids came out firing from the start,” said Waxahachie coach David Ream. “The main thing, we got a big interception and we didn’t turn the ball over.”
Trailing 3-0 in the second quarter, a promising Ennis drive ended on linebacker Austin Davidson’s interception. The turnover led to the game’s only touchdown, a 29-yard run by Treyvon Hughes. Hughes finished with 103 yards on 26 carries.
“We just stepped it up tonight,” Davidson said. “We just couldn’t lose, so we left it all on the field.”
In between the interception and the touchdown, Quinn Sargent contributed a diving one-handed catch for 42 yards.
Terence Williams rushed for 149 yards to lead Ennis, No. 12 in SportsDayHS Class 4A area ranking, but it couldn’t offset four turnovers by the hosts.
Ennis opened the game with a failed, onside kick that led to the first of three field goals by Waxahachie’s Dylan McLain.
“I put us in a hole from the start,” said Ennis coach Jack Alvarez, “but I really felt we needed a big play at the start to get us going.”
On four occasions Ennis drove inside the Waxahachie 35. Twice, Ennis turned it over on downs, once on the interception and the first half clock expired on the other chance.
“We get to keep the Highway 287 sign another year and that’s a big thing in Waxahachie,” Davidson said.