WHITEHOUSE - Ennis running back James Harris scored three of the visitors’ five rushing touchdowns to deny Whitehouse a win in its district opener. The Lions won 34-10 in front of 4,500 Friday at Wildcat Stadium.
Harris finished with 22 carries for 143 yards and Tycen Thompson tallied 160 yards on 23 carries, highlighted by a 49-yard touchdown.
Whitehouse quarterback Jake Clemons passed for 120 yards and a touchdown with an interception and Clayton Cook carried 16 times for 77 yards.
The loss drops Whitehouse to 3-3 overall and 0-1 in District 17-5A while Ennis moves to 3-3 and 1-0.
Whitehouse was in danger of falling behind by two touchdowns as Ennis drove 62 yards in seven plays, capped by an 8-yard Harris TD.
A three-and-out by the Wildcats gave Ennis the ball back, and with the Lions driving, an opportunistic play by Whitehouse kept the deficit 7-0. As Harris was going around the end to try and score, a Wildcats defender stripped him and the ball went out of the end zone for a touchback.
Whitehouse, with the newfound momentum, drove the other way on big runs by Cook before things ended at the 8-yard line and Cooper Clemons put the Wildcats on the board with a 25-yard field goal.
The home side’s momentum was short-lived because of a 49-yard scoring run by Thompson.
Whitehouse’s attempt to reply was stopped and Ennis tacked on another Harris touchdown run for a 20-3 lead.
The Wildcats needed a spark and Kyevon Rider provided it by blocking the extra point. This helped spur Whitehouse to drive for a touchdown before halftime. Clemons scrambled for a 15-yard run and followed it up with a 32-yard scoring pass to K.J. Johnson.
Whitehouse trailed 20-10 at halftime, but couldn’t prevent Ennis from increasing its lead with a touchdown drive that drained half of the third quarter.
The Wildcats final chance to come back was stopped by an interception in the end zone by Ennis’ Bubba Grimes. That led to another Ennis TD with the visitors scoring once more in the fourth quarter.
Ennis 34, Whitehouse 10
At Wildcat Stadium
Ennis 7 13 7 7 - 34
Whitehouse 3 7 0 0 - 10
ENN-James Harris 8 run (Trevor Oakley kick), 8:00
WH-FG Cooper Clemons 25, :59
ENN-Tycen Thompson 49 run (Oakley kick), 11:11
ENN-Thompson 1 run (kick blocked), 1:35
WH-K.J. Johnson 32 pass from Jacob Clemons (Cooper Clemons kick), :18
ENN-Harris 5 run (Oakley kick), 5:14
ENN-Harris 6 run (Oakley kick), 11:54