The Enterprise freshmen hosted Auburn’s freshman squad on Monday, Oct. 7 in their final home games of the season. The freshmen Wildcats lost 6-0 to the Auburn Tigers in a disappointing, frustrating game.
Enterprise freshmen had the football inside Auburn’s 5-yard line on four separate occasions and were unable to put the ball in the end zone on any of those occasions.
The loss came despite more than doubling the total yardage that Auburn managed as Enterprise netted 231 yards of offense compared to Auburn’s paltry 92 yards.
Penalties and turnovers plagued the freshmen Wildcats, as well.
After neither team was able to get much going on offense, Auburn struck with an 18-yard touchdown pass with 41 seconds remaining in the first quarter. The PAT was no good but Auburn held on to a 6-0 lead.
Enterprise responded with a 12-play drive that took almost the entirety of the second quarter. The Wildcats drove down to the Auburn 1-yard line with just 12 seconds remaining.
Enterprise running back Brison Chatman and quarterback Aiden White were both stopped short of the goal line on first and second down. The Wildcats were able to get a timeout with just two seconds remaining and one last opportunity at the end zone.
Chatman was once again stuffed at the line of scrimmage as time expired and Auburn took its 6-0 lead into halftime.
The Wildcats once again marched right down the field on the Tigers to begin the second half. White found receiver Jaxon Whitworth for 38 yards bringing the ball into the red-zone, and then Enterprise once again drove inside the Auburn 10-yard line.
Unfortunately, the drive would come to an end on an Enterprise fumble once again snuffing out a scoring opportunity.
In a wild turn of events, the Enterprise defense forced a three-and-out and then blocked Auburn’s punt attempt, but the football bounced off of an unsuspecting Wildcat and was covered up by Auburn to get the ball right back.
The Enterprise defense did its job again and forced another three-and-out, and again the Wildcats marched right down the field and inside the Auburn 10-yard line as time expired in the third quarter. The drive was jumpstarted by a 32-yard pass from White to Whitworth again.
As the fourth quarter began, Enterprise drove down to the Auburn 2-yard line and running back Kenyatta McNeese was able to score on a 2-yard touchdown run. Unfortunately a penalty wiped the score out and Enterprise had to go back to the drawing board.
Facing a fourth-and-goal from the 2-yard line, the Wildcats went for it, but yet another Enterprise fumble rolled into the end zone for a touchback as the Auburn defense for the third time turned away the Wildcats inside the 10-yard line.
Auburn managed to chew up more than three minutes of time on its next possession and punted the ball back to Enterprise with just over a minute remaining.
White found Chatman for a 62-yard pass that saw an Auburn defender just barely nip the heels of Chatman to trip him up at the Auburn 7-yard line.
A holding penalty pushed Enterprise back to the Auburn 16-yard line and eventually a sack pushed the Wildcats back to the Auburn 21 facing a fourth down.
On fourth down, White scrambled but eventually heaved a pass that fell harmlessly to the turf with under a minute remaining allowing Auburn to run the clock out and secure the win.
Chatman had a big day for the Wildcats with 55 yards on 15 rushing attempts along with one catch for 62 yards. His 117 total yards were a game-high.
White completed 4-of-8 passes for 138 yards and his favorite target was Whitworth, who caught two passes for 70 yards.
Samuel Whitaker had 15 yards on six rushing attempts along with one catch for six yards.
The freshmen Wildcats will close out the 2019 season on Oct. 14 on the road against Prattville.