Bulldog's remarkable season endsBy ESD MEDIA RELATIONS,
In order to keep their run in the MHSAA 2A State playoffs alive, Enterprise would have to get through defending state champion Scott Central last Friday night in third round action. The defending state champion Rebels proved to be too much as they capitalized on four Bulldog turnovers and cruised to a 48-0 victory at LJ Davis Field.
Following a Bulldog punt to open the game, Scott Central would execute an 8-play, 65-yard drive that ended in a 17-yard touchdown run to put the visitors up 7-0 midway through the opening quarter.
The Bulldogs, unable to sustain anything offensively, would see the Rebels tack on three scores in the second quarter on a 25-yard touchdown pass, a 33-yard run, and another 21-yard touchdown run for a commanding 28-0 lead at halftime.
The Bulldogs best opportunity to get points on the board came in the closing minutes of the first half when they brought the ball down to the 13-yard line of the Rebels. With time winding down, sophomore quarterback Derryon Gray would be sacked on third down as the first half clock expired.
The Bulldog would attempt an onside kick to start the second half but were unable to recover the loose football, or any needed momentum. Scott Central would tack on another touchdown on their first possession following intermission on a 29-yard touchdown run to go up 34-0 with 9:26 remaining in the third quarter.
Enterprise would cough up the football on their ensuing possession, giving Scott Central the ball back deep in Bulldog territory. A 13-yard touchdown run by the Rebels would extend the lead to 41-0.
Scott Central would add a 1-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter for the final margin.
Enterprise was held to 116 total yards on the night, with Gray leading the way with 29 yards on 7 carries. Junior Desmond Forthner finished with 19 yards and sophomore Jonathan Tinsely added 15 for the Bulldogs.
Gray was only 1-for-2 through the air on the night with the lone completion going to junior Ridge Kidd on the game’s opening play from scrimmage.
Junior John Campbell once again led the Bulldog defense with 9 tackles. Jonathan Thomas and Artez Lamar both had 6 tackles for Enterprise.
The Bulldogs concluded the season 11-2 and advanced to the third round of the MHSAA state playoffs. The two losses for the Bulldogs were to the teams (Taylorsville and Scott Central) that will compete this Friday for a South State Championship.
Bulldog seniors Caleb Pritchett and Brandon Buckley, the only two Bulldog seniors, played in their final contest for Enterprise on Friday. They were a part of one of the greatest turnarounds in the history of EHS football and will be greatly missed. With the returning players and the addition of an eager 8th grade class, the 2020 football season will be one of the most anticipated seasons in recent memory at EHS.
Thank you to everyone that supported our football players, coaches, cheerleaders, and band members throughout this remarkable journey. GO DAWGS!