San Antonio (Texas) Madison quarterback Cody Ennis kicked off his senior season in a big way Friday night, with a big win over area-rival Cibolo Steele.
Steele entered the contest having won 27 straight regular season games, a 2010 state championship, a 2011 runner-up finish, and trip to the semi-finals in 2012. Leading his team over the Knights would be no easy task, in fact the last quarterback to guide his team to regular season win over the Knights was 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.
Both teams entered the game with high expectations, and Ennis and his teammates knew it was going to take everything they had to pull out the win.
When the dust settled that's exactly what Madison and Ennis did. On the night the 6-foot-6, 240-pound signal caller completed 21 of 35 passes for 338 yards, 3 touchdowns, and one interception, and ran for 83 yards and 4 touchdowns on 18 carries, while leading Madison to comeback, last minute 46-45 win.
"That was probably the most fun game I've ever played in," Ennis said. "It was crazy. It was like it was out of a movie. It was pretty fun. We knew going into the game it was going to be close. We figured it was going to be back and forth the entire game. We never quite playing until the very end and it all paid off. It was fun."
The win was especially sweet considering Ennis saw his junior season cut short by a broken collarbone. He was forced to miss the last half of Madison's season and get to work rehabbing his injury.
"It was tough coming back from that especially being my throwing arm, but I feel stronger than I was last year for sure at the beginning of the season," Ennis said. "As soon as the doctor gave me the go ahead I was lifting and going to physical therapy and I was running again. I was doing everything I could to get ready for this season. During the summer I was working out like two or three times a day every day getting back in shape."
In addition to cutting his season in half the injury also took a toll on his recruitment. However, Ennis was able to comeback in time to hit the camp circuit this summer.
"My dad and I visited all the Ivy League schools," Ennis said. I pretty much hit up all those camps like Harvard, Yale, Penn, Princeton, Dartmouth, Columbia…Then I went to some Texas camps too. I went to the UT camp, the Rice camp, UTEP, UTSA, Houston…that was it. They all said the same thing, just to send them some senior film. We've already sent it out.
Ennis currently holds an offer from Central Arkansas, and he is hopeful a few other programs like what they see once they get a look at his senior film.
"They all asked for me to send the first two or three games to them," Ennis said. "I hope they get them. We're sending that out as soon as we can especially after this past game."
The standout quarterback is happy with the start of the season, but he knows there is more work to be done. This week is a match-up with Kerrville Tivy, and Ennis has his sights set on one thing and one thing only.
"I just want our team to make it to state. That's our goal every year. Just take everything week-by-week," Ennis said. "I'm not trying to set anything individually for me. I try to do the best I can every week and get better and better each week. As long as I get better and better each week I'll be happy."