The Class 7A No. 8-ranked Enterprise Wildcats (4-0) welcomed Mobile’s Davidson Warriors (1-2) to Wildcat Stadium for the first ever on Friday, Sept. 10, and greeted them with a 55-7 thrashing.
Leading up to this game, Enterprise quarterback Quentin Hayes was eased back into the Wildcats’ lineup as he was coming off an offseason ankle injured, but Enterprise unleashed the senior signal-caller against Davidson. Hayes rushed for 129 yards and two touchdowns along with completing 8-of-9 passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns.
Enterprise came out firing on all cylinders scoring 29 points in the first quarter and never looked back. Davidson, however, gained 34 yards on its first play of the game and then proceeded to total just 84 yards for the rest of the game. Following that long run to open the game, Enterprise cornerback Keondre Matthews intercepted Davidson quarterback Bryce Fick to snuff out the Warrior offense’s lone scoring opportunity of the half.
The Wildcat offense then capitalized when Hayes scored on a 2-yard run to put Enterprise up 7-0. That lead lasted less than 30 seconds, though, as Davidson’s Justin Powe returned the ensuing kickoff 93 yards for a Warrior touchdown to tie the score 7-7.
Enterprise then proceeded to score 48 unanswered points. Hayes threw his first touchdown pass of the year on Enterprise’s next drive as running back Mykel Johnson caught a 20-yard pass. Davidson fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Hayes then threw a 36-yard bomb to Johnson and Johnson scored on a 48-yard run late in the period. A failed PAT and two two-point conversions gave Enterprise a 29-7 lead going into the second quarter.
“We got up on them pretty good early, which is kind of our thing we like to do,” Enterprise coach Rick Darlington said. “I thought Q (Hayes) played really well. I think he ran and threw the ball well.
“The defense was good and didn’t give up any points. Their only score was on the kickoff return. Special teams was a problem again, though. We gave up the touchdown and missed extra points. We have to get better there. That could cost us a game.”
The Wildcats extended that lead to 36-7 on a 19-yard run from Hayes and 42-7 on a 2-yard run from Johnson and a failed PAT going into halftime.
Sophomore running back Amare Griffin added an 11-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and senior running back Zy’Air Boyd scored on a 4-yard run in the fourth quarter. The PAT following Boyd’s touchdown was blocked leaving the final score at 55-7.
In total, the Wildcats rolled up 491 yards of offense and held Davidson to just 118 total yards, which is by far the lowest total the Wildcats have given up this season. The Enterprise defense also held Davidson to just 1-of-8 on third downs and 1-of-4 on fourth downs.
Along with Hayes’ totals on offense, Griffin rushed for 89 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries, while he also caught one pass for 17 yards. Johnson rushed for 56 yards and two touchdowns on just four carries and caught four passes for 88 yards. He also returned one kickoff for 25 yards for a total of 169 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns. Receiver Jadell Presley caught two passes for 31 yards.
The Enterprise defense was led by sophomore linebacker Marzavious Reed with eight tackles, four tackles-for-loss, two sacks and two quarterback hurries. Fellow linebacker JT Hooten also recorded seven tackles, one tackle-for-loss, one sack and a quarterback hurry. Senior linebacker Jackson Blount also added six tackles and a tackle-for-loss. Matthews recorded an interception and linebacker Brison Chatman recovered a fumble.
Things got a bit chippy in the second half as Davidson was hit with multiple unsportsmanlike penalties and a player was ejected, while Enterprise also earned an unsportsmanlike penalty.
“I just think tempers flared,” Darlington said. “Rick Cauley is their coach he’s a great guy and a great friend of mine.
“He’s a good coach trying to build a program. It’s inner city Mobile and he’s trying to build it over there. Those kids don’t know how to win yet but they’re getting better. I know he cares about those kids and they love him and they’re trying to build something special. They just got frustrated, which kids do. It happens and I’m sure there are no hard feelings.”
Things will heat up next week as the Central-Phenix City Red Devils come to Wildcat Stadium for a Top 10 showdown.