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Enterprise running back Mykel Johnson (22) turns the corner during a scrimmage.

The Enterprise Wildcats football team are well underway with spring practices this season as they get set to play Early County on the road for this season’s spring game on May 14 in Blakely, Ga. 

After losing a number of key and veteran players from last year’s team, Enterprise is also practicing in the spring without starting quarterback Quentin Hayes and backup quarterback Aiden White. Hayes suffered an ankle injury on the second day of practice and White is recovering from offseason surgery. 

“Quentin Hayes sprained his ankle the second day of practice, so he’ll be out for the rest of spring,” Enterprise coach Rick Darlington said. “Our backup had hip surgery so he’s going to be out until August and we don’t really have another quarterback right now. So, we’re just running our single wing stuff.” 

Making up the Enterprise backfield currently is junior Mykel Johnson, junior fullback Zy’Air Boyd, sophomore Amare Griffin and sophomore Wyatt Darlington as the Wildcats push their base “single wing” offense. 

“We don’t really have any receivers to speak of right now,” Rick Darlington said. “Receiver is definitely not an area of strength for us.

“We just have to concentrate on the fundamentals. The defense is not seeing much passing right now because we can’t (pass). So, we just have to make sure we’re really working on tackling, being tough against the run and offensively it’s kind of the same thing.” 

While Hayes will miss the time on the field, the senior leader is staying engaged even when he can’t be on the field.

“He does a great job of staying engaged and being out there in the huddle,” Darlington said of his quarterback. “Our incoming freshmen practice on different days and he is out there helping with them. He’s a great teammate and leader but him not being involved doesn’t help him or the team.” 

With just 10 spring practices, Darlington said keeping everything basic might actually help out in the long run.

“It’s probably best to be basic anyway with just 10 days and try to find the right combination on the line,” he said. “When we get Aiden back and Q healthy we’ll figure out what we need to do from there.”

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