A new era of Ellison football began.
And it’s off to a rough start.
New head coach Todd Wright’s Eagles fell to A&M Consolidated 48-7 on Thursday night at Leo Buckley Stadium despite senior running back Tye Hill scoring on a 92-yard kickoff return in the first quarter.
After Ellison snapped a 10-year playoff drought last year, Wright took charge of the Eagles with every intention of getting them back to the postseason.
While the road just began, Ellison has one more nondistrict matchup to make adjustments before heading into District 12-6A play Sept. 14 against Waco.
The Eagles’ defense aimed to slow down the Tigers as senior lineman Isiah Brown sacked Consolidated starting quarterback Caden Fedora for a loss of 9 yards in the second quarter.
Ellison sophomore defensive back Damashja Harris sacked Fedora on the next play for a loss of 10 more yards.
It wasn’t enough to slow down the Tigers, who led 35-7 at halftime.
The Eagles’ defense simply couldn’t find a way to stop Consolidated, which added 13 unanswered points to its total in the second half.
The Eagles will play 10 straight games before a bye at the start of November.
Ellison will head to Austin on Friday to face Vandegrift at Monroe Stadium. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.