A late change-of-venue didn’t hamper the Enterprise Wildcats (3-0) as they took care of business on the road picking up a 52-13 win over the Davidson Warriors (1-2) at the home of Baker High School in Mobile on Sept. 11.
It was all Enterprise in the first half as the Wildcats lead 38-0 at halftime after gaining 365 yards of offense and holding Davidson to just 92 yards of offense.
“It was a tale of two halves,” Enterprise coach Rick Darlington said. “The first half was lights out and the second half was pitch dark and kind of stayed like that.
“We tried to play everybody and we didn’t score a lot of points in the second half, but it was more important that everyone got to play in a game like this, though. We’ll look at the film and find mistakes and things we can do better.”
After forcing a quick Davidson three-and-out to start the game, Enterprise wasted no time getting into scoring position. Senior athlete Josh McCray took a handoff up the gut 37 yards inside the Warrior red-zone, and then sophomore Sam Whitaker scored on an 18-yard touchdown run with 9:48 left in the opening period. McCray converted a two-point try to give Enterprise the early 8-0 lead.
Davidson went three-and-out again and the Wildcats drove inside the Davidson 35 before stalling out and turning the ball over on a fourth down fumble. Davidson went three-and-out yet again and Enterprise quarterback Quentin Hayes tossed a 33-yard touchdown pass to Jared Smith with 3:25 left in the opening period. McCray converted another two-point try to extend Enterprise’s lead to 16-0.
Davidson’s fourth three-and-out of the first quarter was capitalized on by the Wildcats as McCray scored on a 43-yard touchdown run just as the second quarter began. Hayes scored on a two-point try to extend Enterprise’s lead to 24-0 with 11:40 left in the first half.
Davidson finally converted its first first down on a 39-yard pass but the Wildcat defense stiffened and forced a turnover on downs. Hayes then found Cole Hooper on a 54-yard touchdown pass with 9:16 left in the half. The PAT extended Enterprise’s lead to 31-0.
Davidson managed to drive to midfield on its next possession but a fumble gave the Wildcats the ball right back. Enterprise drove inside the Davidson 5-yard line but a Wildcat fumble gave the Warriors the ball right back. Davidson drove into Enterprise territory before being pushed back and forced to punt again.
Hayes responded following the punt with a career-long 77-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Aiden White to extend Enterprise’s lead to 38-0 with 41 seconds remaining in the half.
The Wildcat starting offense only got one more drive as the second half began and it was a frustrating one for the Cats. Hayes was dinged up on a third down sack and Darlington decided to keep him – and much of the starters – on the sideline and allowed some of the other Enterprise players to get in on the action.
Davidson finally got on the scoreboard, however, as Johnathan Whitfield scored on a 10-yard touchdown run with 7:36 left in the third quarter. The PAT was no good, so Enterprise led 38-6.
McCray responded right back with a 91-yard kickoff return – the first kick return touchdown of his career – to extend Enterprise’s lead to 45-6.
Davidson wasn’t quite done, however, as Warrior running back Nash Jaylen scored on a 74-yard touchdown run with 6:92 left in the period. The PAT cut Enterprise’s lead to 45-13.
The Wildcat offense stuck with the “single wing” for the remainder of the game and chewed up clock, while the Cat defense held Davidson out of the end zone for the remainder. Enterprise’s Mykel Johnson capped off the win with a 27-yard touchdown run with 2:49 left in the fourth quarter to bring the final score to 52-13 in favor of the Cats.
While the Wildcats weren’t thrilled with the second half, Darlington said they will always appreciate a win. Now, Enterprise will set their sights on a much tougher task next week, however, as the Wildcats hit the road again to face off against Central-Phenix City.
“Wins are hard to come by and you never scoff at a win,” Darlington said. “You always enjoy them on Saturday and on Sunday you start to work on the next week. We have another big region game against a great, great team next week and it’s going to take everything we have every day to make that happen.”
Enterprise rolled up 426 yards of offense in the win and held Davidson to 243 yards. McCray led the Cats with 122 yards and a touchdown on just six carries. He also had 97 kickoff return yards and another touchdown along with one reception for 14 yards. McCray piled up 232 all-purpose yards and two total touchdowns on just nine total touches, averaging 25.8 yards per touch.
Hayes completed 5-of-7 passing attempts for 183 yards and three touchdowns, while freshman Keion Dunlap rushed for 44 yards on 10 carries. Johnson added 41 yards and a touchdown on eight carries.
Linebacker LZ Leonard led the Wildcat defense with 11 tackles and two quarterback hurries, while Tanner Rogers had 10 tackles and a tackle-for-loss. Defensive back Kenyatta McNeese had six tackles, three tackles-for-loss and a sack. Linebacker Jackson Blount recorded seven tackles before leaving with an injury at halftime.
Davidson was led by Jaylen with 81 yards on seven carries and a touchdown. Quarterback Micah Brown completed 7-of-18 pass attempts for 54 yards.