The Enterprise Wildcats (1-1, 0-0) will have their hands full on the road against Class 7A’s No. 6-ranked Auburn Tigers (1-1, 0-0) this week, but will hope to continue the momentum gained from last week’s win.
Last week, Enterprise broke a nine-game losing streak and this week the Wildcats will look to snap a four-game road losing streak to Auburn. Enterprise has not defeated the Tigers in Auburn since the 2006 season.
After last week’s win over Charles Henderson, Enterprise coach Rick Darlington wants to see his team come into Duck Samford Stadium with a renewed confidence.
“I want us to continue to improve and play with confidence and believe,” Darlington emphasized. “I don’t want us to come up there to their place where we haven’t won since 2006 and (play timid).
“We need to go in there with the mindset and belief that we are going to win the game.”
That belief is something the Wildcats have been working towards ever since Darlington arrived in Enterprise.
“Our whole motto for the year is ‘believing is seeing,’” he said. “We have a sign on the wall that says, ‘Those that expect to win have already begun to conquer.’ If we don’t believe it then we don’t need to even get on the bus to go up there. We need to believe.”
Leading into last week’s win over Charles Henderson, the Wildcats installed a ‘spread’ package that Enterprise calls its ‘gun’ package. Enterprise shifted back-and-forth between the ‘gun’ and ‘single wing’ throughout the game and Darlington said that’s exactly what he wants to do with the offense, along with adding new wrinkles throughout the year.
“That’s the goal,” Darlington said of being able to switch from package to package. “Hopefully we can add some different formations and wrinkles every week.
“It also gives teams something else they have to think about and doesn’t let them just prepare for one thing every week. Now, they have to prepare for something else besides the ‘single wing.’”
Enterprise rolled up more than 500 yards against Charles Henderson but things will get together this week against the physical Auburn defense.
Auburn fell to Opelika 21-13 last week but still provides a daunting task for the Wildcats.
“They’re a physical team and very well-coached,” Darlington said. ”They want to run the ball. Their rep is that they’re a very-well coached team and very physical. They’ll also want to steal a possession on special teams, too. It’s going to be a really big challenge for us.”
The Enterprise rush defense has been excellent through two games – allowing less than 100 yards in both contests – but the Auburn running game will be a true test.
“Against the run we’ve been phenomenal,” Darlington said. “We have to get better against the pass, though. Both covering and getting pressure on the quarterback. I still believe if you stop the run and don’t give up the big pass plays you’re going to win most games.”
Enterprise will travel to Auburn on Sept. 6 for a 7 p.m. kickoff.