The Enterprise Wildcats (5-2, 1-2) are on the road again this week for another crucial Class 7A, Region 2 test against the Smiths Station Panthers (1-5, 0-3) on Oct. 8.
Enterprise is coming off a frustrating 17-16 loss to Prattville last week, which makes every region game from this point forward a crucial one, especially if the Wildcats want a chance to possibly sneak back into the No. 3 seed at the end of the year.
Meanwhile, the Panthers remain winless in region play with no path to the playoffs remaining. The Panthers would love to play spoiler for Enterprise’s season.
The Enterprise defense had one of its best defensive performances last week holding a passing attack that had thrown for more than 300 yards the previous week to under 100 yards through the air. The Enterprise defense also forced a turnover and safety in the loss.
Smiths Station’s offense has struggled this season averaging 20 points per game with that average being boosted by a 50-point performance against winless Columbus (Ga.) and a 30-point performance against one-win Benjamin Russell from Class 6A. Smiths Station dropped a 22-13 region loss to Jeff Davis last week.
The Wildcat defense is currently led by sophomore Marzavious Reed with 63 tackles, 10.5 tackles-for-loss, three sacks, nine quarterback hurries and two fumble recoveries. Fellow linebacker JT Hooten has also totaled 47 tackles, 6.5 tackles-for-loss, three sacks and four quarterback hurries.
The Wildcats will look to rebound after an offensive performance that saw the Wildcats squander a number of opportunities in the red-zone against Prattville. Enterprise’s rushing attack has been almost unstoppable at times this season as sophomore Amare Griffin, junior Mykel Johnson and senior quarterback Quentin Hayes have combined for a devastating three-headed monster.
Griffin has 688 yards and 10 touchdowns, while Johnson has amassed 704 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground. Johnson also has 173 yards and four touchdowns receiving. Hayes has also rushed for 449 yards and six touchdowns along with 347 yards and three touchdowns passing.
The Wildcats will also likely be undermanned on both sides of the ball this week with injuries continuing to mound for Enterprise.
Enterprise and Smiths Station play at 7 p.m. on Oct. 8.