The Enterprise Wildcats (2-6, 1-3) fell behind 28-0 in the first quarter and never were able to gain any footing against Class 7A’s No. 3-ranked Central Red Devils (6-1, 3-0), who picked up a 42-13 win over Enterprise inside Wildcat Stadium.
The loss was Enterprise’s third consecutive loss and fourth loss at home this season as Central rolled up 317 yards and 42 points in the first half.
Central wasted no time getting on the scoreboard as Joseph McKay scored on a 39-yard touchdown run with 10:44 remaining in the first quarter. That score capped off a 4-play drive. The PAT gave Central a 7-0 lead.
Enterprise was able to move into Central’s side of the field on the ensuing possession but then bogged down and was forced to punt. The Red Devils extended their lead to 14-0 when McKay scored on a 45-yard touchdown run with 5:17 left in the opening period.
On Enterprise’s first play on the ensuing possession, Jackson Darlington’s pass was tipped and ultimately intercepted by Central’s ZyDerick Jenkins. Central quarterback Kaden Melton heaved a 17-yard touchdown pass to Robert Marsh with 3:32 left in the first quarter to give the Red Devils a 21-0 lead.
A Wildcat fumble on their next drive gave Central the ball at the Enterprise 19-yard line. The Red Devils needed just one play to find the end zone as quarterback Trevion Miles found Eddie Williams for a 19-yard touchdown pass. Central led 28-0 with 52 seconds remaining in the opening quarter.
On Central’s first possession of the second quarter, the Red Devils marched down the field on a 7-play drive and capped it off with an 11-yard touchdown pass from Melton to Jackson Meeks with 9:30 remaining in the first half. The PAT gave Central a 35-0 lead.
It looked as if the Wildcats had a spark of life when freshman running back Mykel Johnson exploded for a 60-yard run, but a holding penalty wiped it out. Still, the Wildcats managed to drive into Central territory again before turning the ball over on downs.
The Red Devils drove into Enterprise’s red-zone again but a 35-yard field goal attempt ricocheted off the uprights and the score remained 35-0.
As Enterprise set up to punt on its next possession, Red Devil cornerback Siraj Muhammad blocked Hunter Perry’s punt and returned it 52 yards for a touchdown. The PAT extended Central’s lead to 42-0 with 1:04 remaining in the first half. The Red Devils took that lead into halftime.
Central began playing its reserve players in the second half and eventually a running clock began late in the third quarter.
Enterprise finally got on the scoreboard with 5:38 left in the third quarter as Cole Killingsworth scored on a 6-yard touchdown run. The PAT cut Central’s lead to 42-7.
Enterprise scored again when Darlington tossed a 21-yard touchdown pass to Jared Smith with 2:07 remaining in the fourth quarter. The Wildcats attempted a 2-point conversion but the Red Devils rejected it and the final score sat at 42-13.
Central gained just 50 yards of offense in the second half as the Red Devils played five different quarterbacks, and 10 different Central players also rushed the ball. In the first half, Central swapped between Melton and Miles at quarterback with Melton completing 7-of-10 passes for 72 yards and two touchdowns. Miles completed 1-of-3 passes for 19 yards and a touchdown.
Central’s Zion Morris rushed for 86 yards on eight attempts, while McKay had 84 yards and two touchdowns on just two carries.
A bright spot for the Enterprise offense was sophomore running back/receiver Quentin Hayes, who rushed for 103 yards on 22 carries along with catching three passes for 26 yards. Darlington rushed for (-2) yards and completed 5-of-12 passes for 61 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Johnson – who was still hobbled by an ankle injury suffered against Prattville – rushed for 26 yards on seven attempts. Junior running back Josh McCray missed his third consecutive game with a hip injury.
For the game, Enterprise totaled 236 yards of offense, while Central rolled up 367 yards.