Nicky Clifton picked up where he left off last week, rushing for another 200 yards and three touchdowns to lead Ensworth to a bounce-back 35-14 victory on the road at Knoxville Webb.
The Tigers suffered a 21-20 upset loss at home to CPA last week, but they showed no signs of a let-down this week, pounding the ball on the ground in the rain, imposing their will against Knoxville.
Jude Maloy got things going for the Tigers, returning a blocked punt 15 yards for a touchdown to give Ensworth a 7-0 lead.
Webb tied it up with just over two minutes left in the first quarter on Roderick Lewis’ 4-yard run.
In the second quarter, Clifton scored the first of his three touchdowns, this one from seven yards up to give Ensworth the lead again, 14-7.
But Webb again tied it up, this time on a 50-yard dash from Lewis, making it 14-14.
With just 1:25 left in the first half, Ensworth took the lead for good on Keyshawn Lawrence’s five-yard touchdown. The run capped an eight-play 80 yard drive.
The scored didn’t change in the third quarter, but in the fourth, Clifton took over.
The 6’ 1” 240 pound Clifton was too much to handle for Webb. Ensworth was able to launch two 60-yard drives in the fourth, both capped off with Clifton touchdown runs.
The first, from 20 yards out extended the Tigers lead to 28-14. The second, a barreling 6-yard plunge put the game away for Ensworth with just 2:02 remaining.
Clifton finished the game with 202 yards rushing on 18 attempts - an 11.2 yard per rush average.
Lawrence finished with 86 yards rushing on 13 attempts.
Jaylon King the Tigers versatile team leader, finished with 75 yards rushing in nine attempts. He also caught a pass for four yards and completed a pass for 12 more yards.
Ensworth’s quarterback, Cole Kennon, only attempted three passes, completing two of them for 49 yards, including a 45-yard bomb to wideout Taye Kinnard.
Lucas Rodriquez was a perfect 5-5 on PAT attempts.
In all, Ensworth outgained Webb 409 yards to 273 yards, including a 348-224 advantage on the ground.
Elijah Brooks led the Tigers’ defense with five solo and two assisted tackles.
Josh Howard, Wesley Walker and David Reynolds also had five solo tackles for Ensworth.
Reynolds and Taylor Antonutti each had a sack for the Tigers.
Ensworth Bounces Back at Knoxville