Tycen Thompson can run with the football. The senior tailback has now run right into the Ennis Lions record books.
Last Friday night, Thompson became the career rushing leader for the Ennis Lions, having now carried the football 409 carries for 3,340 yards and 39 touchdowns in his three-year varsity career.
When asked how he felt about his name going into the history books as the all-time rusher said, “Honesty, I can't put it into any words. My freshman year I did promise myself and my dad that I was gonna go into the record books. And for it to happen now, is amazing.”
Thompson added, “But I'm not totally surprised because I know how hard I have worked for this honor.”
Thompson made history by breaking the former rushing record held by Terence Williams (3,241 yards) who played running back for Ennis from 2011-13. Williams is now a college junior and is currently a star running back at Baylor University in Waco.
Thompson has played football since the age of seven, often listening to his main mentor — his dad — since playing youth league football on the Oak Cliff Redskins.
He confessed that his dad urged his first coaches to play him at the running back position, so he has basically been playing it his whole life.
However, he explained, “During my earlier days I also played some quarterback, wide receiver, and defensive back, in addition to my favorite spot as an RB. I like to think of myself as an all-around athlete.”
Though basketball and track also interested this young man early-on, he said, “Ultimately, football took my heart.”
Thompson indeed shows his athleticism and his versatility every time he walks onto a high school football field. He’s an elusive and quick-footed running back, he’s always a break-away threat, and he catches passes as well as he runs the football.
Being a senior leader for the Lions is nothing new for Thompson, either. He said, “I've been voted into the school’s Leadership Council three years straight, and I’ve served as a football captain for two years. I enjoy leading because I actually like the pressure.”
With National Signing Day set for Nov. 8, Thompson is anxious to learn this college fate, or perhaps, at least, nail-down some of his options.
So far, he has one Division II offer from Northeastern Oklahoma, although multiple Division I schools are showing interest in him as well.
Thompson enjoys the support of his entire family. He explains, “My Pops has always been a good mentor. He has taught me how to work for what I want, and that nothing is ever just given.”
Thompson also has three siblings. His oldest brother Malik (age 23) played three years of varsity football at EHS, and then went on to play for Texas Tech. Another brother, Taylor (age 20), was the starting RB for the state title team in 2014. He also has a little sister Ryann who is age 9.
Thompson also lists the late Kelly Boston as another mentor that was an important part of his life.
He remarks, “Mr. Boston was a great guy. He taught me a lot about right and wrong, and about some of the dos and don'ts in life. This great high school teacher was all about making sure the young men of today, turn into great men in the future.”
As the Lions prepare for battle against the Corsicana Tigers this week, Thompson says, “My team and I are going into this game the same we've gone into any other game this season — focused and on a mission.”
In closing, this humble young man wanted to say, “I'd love for everyone to know that I have dedicated the breaking of the Ennis rushing record to my best friend who passed away this summer, A.J. Mendez."