ENNIS — Terrance Hamilton left it all on the field his final high school football game. The senior running back for Waco High finished with 150 yards as the Lions fell to Ennis, 48-7, in Friday’s bi-district playoff contest at Lion Memorial Stadium.
“He’s a very physical player,” Waco High coach Marty Herbst said. “He runs hard. He has a passion for the game. He’ll make somebody excited at the next level.”
Waco High got on the board four minutes into the game behind the play of Terrance Hamilton. The senior running back carried the ball seven times the opening drive for 56 yards. He didn’t get in the end zone, though, as David Moreno passed to Quinn Williams for the 17-yard touchdown.
“I thought our first drive was outstanding,” Herbst said. “We got a little momentum going into the wind like we did.”
it seemed that Waco High had taken the home crowd out of the game after Hamilton continued to burst through the middle of the line of scrimmage time and time again, Ennis had an answer. A quick answer.
It took the Lions one play to tie things up. Jarius Jones, a sophomore tight end for Ennis, got behind the Waco High secondary and quarterback Kade Graff hit him with the 65-yard touchdown pass. A crowd that had been silenced less than 20 seconds prior was now on its feet.
“When you play a team that runs the ball as much as they do, it’s easy to get lulled to sleep on the run,” Herbst said. “They threw a play action pass and snuck the tight end behind us. Next thing you know it’s tied. That took the wind right back out of us.”
And that volume grew after Waco High was forced to punt on 3 and out its next drive. The Lions had to punt three times in the first half. The first two punts didn’t go very far and the last one didn’t go off as the snap was bad.
That gave Ennis good field position to start its drives — at Waco High’s 39-yard line, its own 45-yard line and Waco’s 8-yard line.
Ennis scored three more times to take a 27-7 lead at half time. Tycen Thompson had a 4-yard score, while James Harris ran it in from seven and 11 yards.
There was one drive, though, for Ennis that stalled at the Waco High 7-yard line. On 4th and 4, Ennis had the ball at Waco’s 9-yard line. James Harris was stuffed for a gain of two yards which turned the ball over on downs.
Overall, Ennis finished with nearly 400 yards of total offense on the night as the home team started rolling in the third quarter.
Thompson had a 12-yard touchdown before Harris went turbo for an 86-yard score with 2:28 left in the third quarter.
“I was proud of the way we fought in the second half even though the scoreboard didn’t reflect that,” Herbst said. “We played with some heart and some class.”
Harris led Ennis with 161 rush yards and three touchdowns, followed by Thompson with 73 yards and a pair of scores.
After Hamilton ran up the middle with success to start the game, Ennis made some adjustments to slow down the Waco High offense. The Lions went 84 yards their opening drive finished with 200 yards of total offense at the end of the game.
“The first thing Ennis did was they started tackling a little bit better,” Herbst said. “Their safeties played really well and made a lot of one-on-one tackles. Any time you can get a safety to do that, you have to take your hat off to them.”
Hamilton led the way for Waco High with 75 percent of the team’s total offense. With Jaylen Harris suspended for the game, David Moreno stepped in under center and finished with a handful of rushing yards and the 17-yard touchdown pass to Williams.