Ellis football dominates county rivals
Published 9:07 pm Thursday, September 15, 2022
By Brian Pitts
The Ellis football team has run roughshod over its county rivals. After blitzing North Davie in the second half of a 40-6 decision, the Jaguars were firing on all cylinders throughout a home game against South Davie on Sept. 7, rolling 40-0.
South blasted Ellis 40-0 and 42-8 a few years back, but the Jaguars have won the past four meetings by an aggregate 90-6. The Tigers fell to 0-2 on the season.
Ellis’ attack got prolific production from running back Braxton Bowling (10 carries for 120 yards), quarterback Brandon Forrest (11-80 rushing) and running back Elijah Chaffin (6-60 rushing).
Forrest scored two of the six touchdowns on runs of 18 and 40 yards. Running behind linemen Jonathan Hanes, Sammy Angell, Braylon Arnold, Evan Helms and J’seire Arnold, Dashel Desnoyers (5-yard run), Cannon Smith (8-yard run), Chaffin (8-yard run) and Bowling (46-yard run) scored once each.
Another Ellis highlight was Forrest’s third-and-long completion to Landon Hughes, who gained 45 yards on the play.
Ellis’ defensive stalwarts were Chaffin (12 tackles, fumble recovery), Bowling and J. Arnold.
“Braxton played awesome on defense,” assistant coach Kendall Chaffin said. “(J. Arnold) played defense with a lot of passion. He had several tackles for loss.”
Even though the Jaguars look far superior to their county rivals, Chaffin believes the Davie High future is bright when the three schools come together to form one team in the coming years.
“I thought South Davie had a great offensive line with size,” he said. “These teams are going to look very well together at Davie. These three middle schools should be producing a lot of wins for Davie in the future.”
This matched the largest victory in the Jaguars’ 16-year history. They blanked Brown 40-0 in 2014.