Good football teams become great when they never settle, no matter how much success they have.
That is what Ellison is trying to accomplish during the 2016 season.
The Eagles have started 2-0 with a 56-21 win in their season opener over Leander and a 45-34 triumph over Round Rock Stony Point. Both games were played at Leo Buckley Stadium.
Despite two ballgames in which Ellison’s offense scored 101 points, quarterback Carl Robinson III was visibly disappointed when answering questions after the Eagles’ win over Stony Point on Thursday. The senior signal-caller was not happy with the offense’s performance in the second half.
Ellison exploded to score 42 points in the first half of both contests, but was outscored 21-14 against Leander and 14-3 versus Stony Point in the second half.
Most quarterbacks would be all smiles and celebrating a victory, especially one in which he compiled 282 yards of total offense and five total touchdowns. But that was not Robinson.
“It doesn’t matter if we can’t score in the second half,” he said.
Running back Darrell Peterkine had a solid ballgame against the Tigers with 72 yards rushing and a touchdown, and two receptions for 72 yards and a score.
While he was happy with the team’s performance Thursday, Peterkine agreed with Robinson.
“It feels awesome because we feel like we can’t be stopped,” Peterkine said about the offense’s first-half achievements. “But we also humble ourselves, and like Carl said, it doesn’t matter if we can’t score in the second half.”
Head coach Trent Gregory said the offense has been exceptional, but there is plenty to work on and clean up.
“We’re making some mistakes, but we’re doing some really good things, too,” Gregory said. “I’m really proud of those guys, but it’s kind of part of the nondistrict stuff. It’s time to work on some things and work out the kinks before district hits, but the expectation for our ball club is to win.”
The Eagles’ defense limited Stony Point, whose offense features a run-heavy attack, from making big plays. Led by defensive linemen Tiryek West, Marquis Tezino and Cameron Leatherwood — as well as linebackers Dominic Gomez, Aubrey Kelly and Josiah Dykes — Ellison made the Tigers earn all of their points.
“The kids fly around, they play hard and they swarm to the ball,” Gregory said of the defense. “They get there in numbers and through their responsibilities. It’s kind of a bend a little bit but don’t break-type mentality.”
On special teams, the Eagles had no issues with place kicking. Morgan Button was 6 for 6 on extra-point attempts and nailed a 27-yard field goal Thursday, but the punting game struggled with just an 18-yard average.
“Kicking game-wise, we’re doing some good things, but we made some mistakes in that area, too,” Gregory said. “But the cool thing about that is you get to learn from them. So, we’ll take this thing and move forward to next week.”
Ellison will remain home Friday and host Montgomery in its third consecutive game at Leo Buckley Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
“The kids have worked really hard,” Gregory said. “They made a commitment last year to each other in the offseason. That carried all the way through the offseason to the summer months, 7-on-7, the summer strength program and two-a-days.
“They’ve paid the price; they’ve invested into this. They have a strong burning fire from within, and you can tell it’s important to each one of them. The kids are hungry, and they want to be strong from the very beginning until the last second ticks off.”