The Enterprise Wildcats took a break from summer workouts last week to travel to Troy for the Wiregrass 7-on-7 Tournament alongside a number of area teams.
Joining Enterprise at the tournament was host school Charles Henderson, Jeff Davis, Park Crossing, R.E. Lee, Samson, Wetumpka, Dothan and Andalusia.
Ultimately Charles Henderson walked away from the tournament with the championship. A 7-on-7 tournament doesn’t lend itself well to a team running the “single wing” like Enterprise will be this season as teams are forced to play out of the spread in a tournament like that. It does give the Wildcats a chance to see players at new positions that they will likely be playing in the fall.
Quarterback/fullback Jackson Darlington and Elite 11 tailback Josh McCray will both be playing in the defensive backfield in the fall, and both were able to get reps on defense during the tournament.
“We just have to get our best athletes on the field, so it means we may have to play some guys both ways,” Enterprise head coach Rick Darlington said. “We’ve also looked at some defensive guys that might be able to help us on offense, too.
“We just have to see how it works. It’s not something you want to do but you don’t want someone with a lot of talent sitting on the sidelines if you’re struggling to fill positions on one side of the ball.”
Darlington said that the Wildcats have been hard at work during summer workouts and are dealing with the blistering Alabama heat well thus far.
“I think they’re doing good,” Darlington said. “The guys are working hard and doing well there.”
Darlington said the primary thing he wants to focus on during summer workouts heading into the fall is improving the team’s fundamentals, especially on defense.
“The No. 1 thing is fundamentals for us,” he emphasized. “Being that this is the third defensive staff in the last three years that they’ve had, there has been a lot of things that have been taught but maybe not so much just the fundamentals.
“We want to work on basic fundamentals of the game; tackling, running to the football, playing blocks and that sort of thing. “
One defender that will surely see more playing time this year is incoming junior cornerback Jaylon Webster, who recently received an invitation to compete at the VTO Sports All American Camp in North Carolina. Webster earned Top 5 honors at the camp for his performance, as well.