The Enterprise Wildcats (6-2, 3-2) will once again head to the Class 7A playoffs after routing the Jeff Davis Volunteers (0-8, 0-5) by a score of 39-6 on Saturday, Oct. 17, in Montgomery’s legendary Cramton Bowl.
The Wildcats rode an efficient, balanced offense and a fired up defense to the lopsided win. The Enterprise offense rolled up 361 yards of offense and the Wildcat defense held Jeff Davis to 241 yards. Of the Vols’ 241 yards, 93 yards came on two scrambles from Jeff Davis quarterback Donald Harris.
After the Enterprise defense forced a Volunteer punt to open the game, the Wildcats marched down the field and Sam Whitaker capped off the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run with 6:47 left in the opening period. Josh McCray converted the 2-point try and gave Enterprise an early 8-0 lead that the Cats would never relinquish.
A 51-yard scramble from Harris put Jeff Davis inside the Enterprise 30-yard line on the next drive, but the Wildcat defense pushed the Vols all the way back to the EHS 44-yard line and forced another punt.
The Wildcats then proceeded to march on a 9-play, 81-yard drive that took the game into the second quarter. Quarterback Quentin Hayes found athlete Josh McCray for a 14-yard touchdown pass to finish off the drive. McCray converted the 2-point try again and Enterprise led 16-0 with 10:39 left in the first half.
A 32-yard scramble from Harris put Jeff Davis back into Enterprise territory again, but once again the Wildcat defense stiffened and forced a turnover on downs at the EHS 25-yard line.
Enterprise drove down to the Jeff Davis 28-yard line but turned the ball over on downs with 40 seconds remaining in the half. The Wildcats took the 16-0 lead into halftime.
Enterprise opened up the second half firing as Jared Smith took a “Statue of Liberty” play 51 yards for a touchdown, his first career rushing touchdown, and Hayes converted the two-point try to extend the lead to 24-0 with 9:24 left in the third quarter.
The Vols finished off their best drive of the game with a 2-yard touchdown run from Harris with 2:32 left in the third quarter. The two-point attempt was no good and Enterprise still led 24-6.
The Wildcats added a 5-yard touchdown run from Mykel Johnson and a 2-yard touchdown run from Whitaker in the fourth quarter. McCray also converted his third two-point try and Matt Sheahan booted a PAT to secure the 39-6 Wildcat win. Jeff Davis never got back into scoring position.
Enterprise’s only turnover came on an interception in the end-zone in the fourth quarter, but the Wildcat defense answered when defensive tackle Xavier Moore forced a Vol fumble, on the very next play, and safety Brison Chatman covered it up.
Hayes led the Wildcat offense completing 9-of-14 pass attempts for 153 yards, one touchdown and an interception along with 18 yards rushing. McCray rushed for 22 yards on seven carries and also caught four passes for 77 yards and a touchdown along with converting three two-point attempts.
Cole Hooper also caught three passes for 45 yards and Johnson rushed for 91 yards on nine carries with one touchdown. This was Johnson’s first game rushing for under 100 yards since Sept. 11.
The Enterprise defense was led by defensive back Kenyatta McNeese with 12 tackles, 3.5 tackles-for-loss and a pass breakup, while linebacker LZ Leonard totaled nine tackles, 0.5 tackle-for-loss and a forced fumble. Moore recorded a career-high eight tackles along with a forced fumble.
Harris led the Vols with 98 yards on nine carries and completed 1-of-6 pass attempts for four yards. The Vols totaled just seven yards on 2-of-9 pass attempts as a team.