Ellison’s pride beat Temple’s hope on Friday night at Wildcat Stadium. There will be no 11th game for Ellison. There could have been for Temple had the Wildcats won their final two games and received help.
Not on Ellison’s terms.
David Cobb ran for 190 yards and three touchdowns and Devante Cloud caught three passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns and Ellison (3-6, 2-4 District 12-5A) easily eliminated the Wildcats from the playoff discussion, 48-8.
“As a team, we needed this one.” Cobb said. “It was just a big team effort tonight. The O line did a great job opening up holes all night. The defense shut them down to one touchdown.”
“Our guys just really wanted to come out, leave a good mark as seniors and finish the year off right.”
Ellison held Temple (1-8, 1-5) to just six first downs and 162 total yards and a 19 yard Mar’Quette Wilson touchdown run in the first quarter.
“We were playing for pride and our teammates,” said Ellison linebacker Jordan Holloway. “It gets no better than that, than leaving it all on the field.”
Cloud caught an 81 yard pass from quarterback Jacob Brank on Ellison’s second drive in the first quarter and a 22 yard touchdown catch with 2:31 left in the first half.
“That just opened up the offense both ways,”Cobb said of Brank’s long touchdown reception. “They couldn’t just play our run, they had to respect our passing game and really that just helped balance out our run and pass.”
Brank completed five of his nine pass attempts for 162 yards and the Eagles’ wing T offense pounded out 360 yards. Zerik Brown finished with 83 yards on 13 carries, including an 11 yard touchdown run in Ellison’s 20 point second quarter.
Brown’s run was sandwiched by Cobb’s 1 yard dive with 9:54 left in the second and Cloud’s 22 yard touch grab with 2:31 left in the first half. Temple’s Jeremy Garcia returned a mishandled snap on the extra point attempt 98 yards for a t20 point Temple score cutting Ellison’s halftime lead to 27-8.
After that it was Ellison’s show and Cobb carried the ball four times for 41 yards on Ellison’s first drive of the second half including two fourth down carries one of which was a 6 yard touchdown run.
He also had a 33 yard gain on a fourth and 2 at the Temple 42 yard line that set the Eagles with a first and goal inside the 10.
It was confidence, Cob said.
“Of course you start feeling the rhythm, holes get bigger everything gets clearer and you just feel like you’re unstoppable,” Cobb said. “If the O line’s doing such a great job, you just feel good about your self and it just builds confidence.”
Cobb scored on a 1 yard dive with just under t20 minutes left in the third and his night was through after Ellison’s first drive of the fourth.
Isiah Cowan stepped in to the spotlight while Cobb celebrated. Cowan had six carries for 80 yards in the final quarter, including Ellison’s final touchdown, a 27 yarder with 5:27 left.
“We wanted to prove that we won’t quit we don’t back down off anybody and the kids came out an played the way that they’re supposed to and represent our school and our community as we should,” said Ellison coach Buddy McBryde.
By Eevin Posival, Killeen Daily Herald