What you need to know: Ennis

 

Ennis senior defensive end/linebacker James Lockhart (9) during the first half of a high school football game against Mansfield Timberview at Vernon Newsom Stadium in Mansfield, Friday, August 29, 2014. Mansfield Timberview won 34-21. (Brandon Wade/The Dallas Morning News contributor)

There was a time a few years ago when it looked as if Guyer and Ennis would be on a crash course to play in the Class 4A state semifinal, but instead, the Wildcats had to deal with Longview for two straight seasons before finally getting the best of the Lobos in 2010 in Class 5A.

Now, we’re finally going to see that matchup. Since those days, Guyer has established itself as one of the top programs in the state, while Ennis took a few really bad years before bouncing back to a state championship contender this year at the newly named Class 5A (formerly Class 4A).

So follow the jump, and learn everything you to know about Friday’s game between two of the best 0-1 teams in the state, the loser of which will most likely be the best 0-2 team in the state.

Class 6A No. 9 Guyer (0-1) at Class 5A No. 8 Ennis (0-1), Lion Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

Series record: First meeting

What happened last week: Guyer shot itself in the foot against a team you just can’t do that kind of thing against. The Wildcats had two first-quarter fumbles lost in the Allen red zone and dug themselves a 27-0 hole before fighting back and losing 55-41. Sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson made his much anticipated debut, and made it in a big way while rushing for two TDs and nearly 200 yards, catching a touchdown pass and passing for more than 200 yards. The fumbles were huge for Robinson, but Guyer head coach John Walsh chalked the mistakes up to growing pains and doesn’t expect to see them again.

Ennis entered the year as the second-ranked Class 5A team in the state and was flat-out beaten by a Mansfield Timberview team that had success in the old Class 5A before moving down this year. The Lions’ deceptive Wing-T offensive scheme couldn’t get much going against a physical Timberview defense that might have given Guyer a blueprint for this weekend.

What to expect: Neither team wants to start the season 0-2, something even the past two state championship Guyer teams have done, and the Wildcats be looking to bounce back, especially on defense. It’d be a good while since the Wildcats had been pushed around like they were by Allen and its offensive line made up of top college prospects. Expect to see a much more sound defensive performance from Guyer, especially by its linebackers, who were a major point of concern last week, according to Walsh. As for Guyer’s offense, expect big things once again. But in order to be successful, the Wildcats will have to contain Texas A&M-bound James Lockhart, who is one of the state’s top defensive players as a 6-3, 250-pound defensive end who has moonlighted as a middle linebacker at times this year.

Guyer player to watch: DB Jordan Wallace

Ennis player to watch: WR Donta Thompson

 

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