Ellison is coming off a 54-27 thumping of Waco University on Thursday night in which both the offense and defense excelled.
On offense, the Eagles are heading into district rolling like a freight train.
Ellison, which went 4-0 in nondistrict play, has put up nearly 200 points in four games thanks to quarterback Carl Robinson III.
The senior threw for 366 yards against the Trojans and has been dominant all season long.
“In my 24 years of coaching, he’s about as good as a quarterback as any of my teams have faced,” said Waco University head coach Keith Willis following Thursday night’s game.
Robinson threw touchdown passes to X’zavier Green, Jyaire Shorter and Josiah Dykes against University.
Not only was the air-raid attack at full strength, but the ground game proved huge in the end.
Derrell Peterkine and Terry Gillespie both had great games rushing.
Peterkine rushed for the first two Eagle scores on runs of 3 and 52 yards in the first quarter, while Gillespie had pivotal runs in those drives to set up Peterkine.
Defensively, the Eagles put together one of their better games of the year.
After a 20-19 Ellison lead at halftime, the Eagles were able to shut out University in the third quarter, outscoring the Trojans 28-0 in the frame.
The defense was able to limit the yardage of Waco University’s highly touted running back Nick Ward in the second half.
Ward finished with 230 yards rushing, but managed just 80 in the second half.
“We were able to make adjustments in the locker room and changed some things around,” said Ellison defensive coordinator Derek Levisay. “We moved some linebackers around and made him run more inside the tackles.”
Ellison will now turn its attention to Shoemaker as district play opens this week, and the Eagles feel they are ready.
Levisay said playing a team like University with an explosive running back will only help his defense in preparing for teams in District 8-6A that like to put up points.
“Shoemaker is fast and explosive on offense,” Levisay said. “We just have to prepare, and defensively, give our offense a chance to do what they do.”