The Enterprise Wildcats (5-2, 2-2) will continue the Class 7A, Region 2 portion of the 2020 schedule this Saturday, Oct. 17, against the Jeff Davis Volunteers (0-7, 0-4) at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl.
Enterprise seemingly secured the fourth seed in Region 2 with a win over Smiths Station last week but the Wildcats are still treating the matchup with Jeff Davis as a must-win and aren’t even thinking about the playoffs.
“We’re not worried about that. I don’t think that’s really an issue for us,” Enterprise coach Rick Darlington said. “We play Jeff Davis this week. We’re not game planning for Auburn, we’re planning for Jeff Davis.
“I don’t know what the playoff picture looks like if we lose to Jeff Davis because we’re not thinking about losing to Jeff Davis, but we’re also not thinking about beating Auburn right now either. We’re focused on this week.”
Darlington said the primary focus for his Wildcats right now is perfecting the fundamentals.
“We just want to continue to master the details. That’s what great teams do,” Darlington emphasized. “They don’t do the extraordinary things, they do the ordinary things better than anyone else.
“We have to block better, take better care of the football, tackle better, make better decisions in the passing game. Just do the basic things correctly; there is no fancy game plan this week. As the season goes on you just want your team to keep getting better at the fundamentals to win games.”
In 2019, the Wildcats had to defeat Jeff Davis to earn a spot in the playoffs and Darlington said these Vols are just as talented.
“They’re talented and they’re athletic,” Darlington said of Jeff Davis. “We thought that last year and it was a tough game for us.”
Coming in to week eight, Enterprise’s offense is led by senior athlete Josh McCray who has amassed 1,178 all-purpose yards with 13 total touchdowns, while sophomore running back Mykel Johnson leads the Wildcat running game with 623 yards and five touchdowns on 80 carries.
Junior quarterback Quentin Hayes has completed 38-of-56 pass attempts for 786 yards, 12 touchdowns and three interceptions along with 401 yards and four touchdowns rushing and one reception for 33 yards. Senior receiver Jared Smith is second on the team in receiving – behind McCray – with eight catches for 194 yards and three touchdowns along with 44 yards rushing on five carries.
Senior linebacker LZ Leonard leads the Enterprise defense with 51 total tackles, eight tackles-for-loss, 5.5 sacks and 10 quarterback hurries. Fellow linebacker Jackson Blount has totaled 48 tackles, seven tackles-for-loss, one sack, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Junior defensive tackle Xavier Moore has earned 20 tackles, six quarterback hurries, 6.5 tackles-for-loss and four sacks this season, as well.
Enterprise will face off against Jeff Davis on Oct. 17 at 11 a.m. at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery.