Ellis football cruises to 4-0

Published 9:05 am Thursday, September 30, 2021

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The Ellis football team rolled up the most points in four seasons, winning 38-20 at Summit on Sept. 23.

It was the highest scoring output for the unbeaten Jaguars in 20 games, dating to a 44-6 win over North Davie in 2017.

The impressive showing featured two touchdowns each for Connor Dixson and Elijah Chaffin. Ellis (4-0) was missing Braxton Bowling, so it was time for Elliott Gould to step up at running back. Gould was up to the task, running for Ellis’ other touchdown as the Jaguars led from start to finish.

“We noticed how quick he is at practice,” assistant coach Mike Dinkins said of Gould. “With Braxton out, we stuck him in there (at RB) on Monday.”

Summit pulled within 24-20 in the second half, but Ellis scored the last 14 points to win going away.

“They threw the ball extremely well against us,” Dinkins said. “All three of their scores were on passes.”

Defensively, Chaffin and Dixson dominated at linebacker and Tate Helton and Max Cornatzer intercepted passes.

“Elijah and Connor played the best linebacker duo so far this year,” defensive coordinator Kendall Chaffin said. “Both had double-digit tackles.”

Notes: Ellis has won three of four all-time meetings against Summit. The one loss, 8-6, was in the previous meeting in 2019. … Quarterback Ethan Driver missed his third game with an injury. “We hope to get him back (this) week,” Dinkins said. … The South Davie at North Davie game was rained out and was rescheduled for Sept. 27, meaning both teams will play two games in three days.