Darlington

Enterprise quarterback Jackson Darlington (1) heaves a pass against North Miami Beach last week.

The Enterprise Wildcats (0-1) will look to regain some momentum this week as they travel to Troy to face off against the Charles Henderson Trojans (0-0).

The Wildcats are coming off of a frustrating fourth quarter collapse against North Miami Beach last week, while Charles Henderson beat Pike County 12-6 in a preseason game.

Enterprise has now lost nine consecutive games – 10 including the spring game – dating back to last September. The last game the Wildcats won was a 35-28 win over Charles Henderson last season.

Part of the issue for the Wildcats dating back to the spring has been inconsistent play. Enterprise dominated the first half against North Miami Beach but fell apart in the fourth quarter. The Wildcat offense put up 263 yards and 23 points in the first half, but the only points in the second half came from a defensive touchdown.

I want us to be a second half team,” Enterprise coach Rick Darlington said. “In the spring game the defense played well in the second half but the offense didn’t, and last week no one did.

“We gave up too many points and scored none on offense. We just have to be more consistent through the game.”

Darlington said he also wants to see his team show that they can overcome adversity.

“I want us to deal with adversity better,” Darlington flatly said. “I want them to play hard and play disciplined, and when things go bad, find a way to win.”

Enterprise also struggled on third down – offensively and defensively – against North Miami Beach. The Wildcat offense converted just four-of-11 third down opportunities and North Miami Beach converted 7-of-13 third downs against the Wildcat defense.

“Football is a game of third downs,” Darlington emphasized. “If you don’t win the crucial downs then you don’t win the game.”

The Wildcats will play against Charles Henderson without receivers Quentin Hayes, Jared Smith and KJ Couch again this week, while defensive tackle Larry Magwood will also miss the game. Kouch and Smith are still recovering from offseason ACL injuries, while Hayes broke his thumb the week before the North Miami Beach game. Magwood also sprained his knee last week.

“(Charles Henderson) is very physical on defense and they have a very talented football team,” Darlington said. “They probably want to whip our tails more than the kids from Miami did because they all play youth sports together and they know each other. There is no doubt they’ll come in full of confidence.”

Darlington said that he needs to see more consistency in all phases from his Wildcats this week.

“We have to stop the run (on defense) and make them throw the ball and then do a better job of defending the pass,” Darlington said. “Offensively, we have to control the ball and we have to convert those third downs.”

Enterprise will play Charles Henderson this Friday at 7 p.m. in Troy’s Veterans Memorial Stadium.

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