Enterprise is replacing a number of starters on both sides of the football, but in 2019 will also be playing some “iron man” football with several key players filling spots on both offense and defense.
Romaine McFarland, Sr., Cornerback/Safety: In 2018, McFarland was forced to move around in the defensive secondary due to injuries but still led the Wildcats with 67 tackles, 2.5 tackles-for-loss and three pass breakups.
As a senior, the 6-foot, 175-pound McFarland will fill a role at both cornerback and safety for the Wildcats, but is also returning from a broken hand during the summer. After finally getting healthy he’ll look to improve on his solid junior campaign.
LZ Leonard, Jr., Outside Linebacker: Leonard has played running back, cornerback and now linebacker since moving up to the varsity roster in his freshman season in 2017.
The five-foot-nine-inch, 170-pound Leonard’s speed will provide the Wildcats a boost at outside linebacker – especially in pass coverage – and the junior has been hard at work at improving the rest of his game in the offseason.
In 2018, Leonard recorded 30 tackles and three pass breakups nine starts.
Mykal Johnson, Fr., Running Back: At 5-foot-10-inches and 170 pounds freshman running back Mykal Johnson looks like anything but a freshman, especially on the football field. This time last year Johnson was playing against seventh and eighth grade players at Dauphin Junior High, and this season he’ll be playing against some of the top future college football players in the state on the varsity team.
Johnson showed off his speed in the spring game with a 75-yard touchdown run to open the game and head coach Rick Darlington plans to play Johnson at both the tailback position and wingback position. That versatility will give the Wildcats a chance to spell both Josh McCray (tailback) and Jalen Cunningham (wingback) who are also playing on defense.
Jalen Cunningham, Jr., Wingback/Cornerback: Cunningham started nine games as a sophomore at receiver and caught 19 passes for 223 yards and three touchdowns along with spending time as both a kickoff and punt returner in 2018.
While Cunningham is one of the smaller backs on the Enterprise roster – at 5-foot-8-inches and 160 pounds – his speed, toughness and athleticism more than make up for it. Cunningham also boasts two years of varsity experience despite just being a junior after he was moved up to the varsity roster as a freshman in 2017.
The speedster will move from receiver over to wingback on offense and will also be spending time on defense at cornerback.
KD McCray, Sr., Inside Linebacker: McCray missed the majority of his junior season but still managed to tally 45 tackles, nine tackles-for-loss and three sacks in just five games.
Against Prattville in 2018, the 6-foot, 205-pound McCray tore his ACL and then reinjured the knee in the winter forcing a second surgery.
If McCray is able to come back at 100 percent for the 2019 season, he could very well become one of the area’s top linebackers once again and make up a formidable inside linebacker duo with fellow senior Robert Ellis.
Anthony Calloway, Sr., Nose Tackle: At 6-0, 256 pounds, Calloway was one of Enterprise’s bigger linebackers in 2018 but he will move to the defensive line in 2019 to anchor the nose tackle position.
In 2018, Calloway totaled 54 tackles, three tackles-for-loss and a sack in 10 starts.
This season he will be a key cog in an Enterprise defensive line that has the makings of one the better groups at EHS in a long while.
DJ Turner, Sr., Defensive Tackle: While Turner isn’t a returning Enterprise starter, he’s certainly a veteran player that brings starting experience to the Wildcats.
Turner transferred to Enterprise from Eufaula – where he was a starting defensive lineman – following last season and will be eligible to suit for the Wildcats in 2019.
Turner brings the size at 6-foot-2-inches and 270 pounds along with the power to wreak havoc in opposing backfields.
Larry Magwood, Sr., Defensive Tackle/Hammerback: Magwood started eight games in 2018 and recorded 23 tackles and four tackles-for-loss in that time,
The 5-foot-11-inch, 260-pound senior will be called on this season, however, to not only make plays on the defensive line but also on the offensive side.
Magwood will be spending time as the hammerback in Enterprise’s “single wing” offense with his size and power and will likely be clearing a lot of holes for Enterprise runners.
Quentin Hayes, So., Quarterback/Receiver: The 6-foot, 165-pound dual sport star Hayes will have an opportunity to make plays at multiple positions in 2019.
Along with receiver, Hayes will also get reps at quarterback when starting quarterback Jackson Darlington needs a breather.
Enterprise coach Rick Darlington described Hayes as a future star and said that Hayes could become a special player, especially given his natural speed and athleticism.
Jaylon Webster, Jr., Cornerback: This 6-foot-1-inch, 170-pound junior cornerback earned a lot of playing time as a sophomore – recording 31 tackles with three pass breakups and two tackles-for-loss – but dedicated himself in the offseason to becoming a shutdown cornerback for the Wildcats.
After a solid spring, Webster was invited to a number of national prospect camps in the summer and ended up being named one of the top defensive backs at the VTO All-American Football Camp.
Webster looks to continue to build on his sophomore campaign and a solid offseason as the fall begins.