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Watch out East Texas, here comes Ennis

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POSTED: Friday, August 22, 2014 - 12:27pm

UPDATED: Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 1:24pm

Here in East Texas, redistricting reunited many old area football rivals, but there is one notable outsider added to the mix, the Ennis lions.

They are a football powerhouse East Texas fans will soon see up close and personal, and it's a legacy every Ennis player and coach understands.

"Ennis is a football town and everybody in this town loves football, and it's great. It's a great tradition just to be able to play for the Lions," said senior offensive lineman Kris Young.

"You want to be like the next generation of the Lions, and living up to all the legends that came trough Ennis is special," said Keidre Flowers, senior linebacker and running back.

"This town, they have a lot of pride and a lot of class about how they do things. It's a blessing and an honor to be the head coach here," said Coach Jack Alvarez.

Four state titles, and a constant figure in the playoffs, these 2014 Lions are expected to once again, make a run at the championship.

"If we're gonna be the number two team in the state, we got to act like the number two team in the state we got to practice like the number two team in the state and we got to play like it," said Flowers.

But when district play rolls around, they'll be seeing new, East Texas teams across the line of scrimmage, namely John Tyler, Nacogdoches, Lufkin and the like.

"We know they're fast, and it's just something different out there so, we'll be ready for it," said Young.

Ready for another great season of high school football in East Texas, with the addition of another tradition of excellence, and a group of maroon clad Lions, who aren't afraid of the Piney Woods.

"We want all East Texas teams to know we coming to play so they better bring their best game," said Flowers.

"Watch the Lions this year, we'll be something special," said Young.

The Lions will scrimmage the Longview Lobos in Ennis Friday night.

Their first district game will be at the Tomato Bowl against Jacksonville.

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