Bulldogs run past Tigers

By ESD MEDIA RELATIONS,

A week after picking up a season opening victory against Richton, the Enterprise High football team stepped up in class this past Friday by hosting Class 3A Southeast Lauderdale.  The capacity crowd, which welcomed back past Billy Haywood Memorial Award winners, witnessed the home standing Bulldogs pound their way to a 40-26 victory over the visiting Tigers.

Although the Bulldogs first offensive play from scrimmage was a 60-yard pass completion from sophomore quarterback Derryon Gray to junior wingback John Campbell, the Bulldogs would use a bruising ground attack that ran over and around the Tigers to the tune of 395 yards rushing.

Junior fullback Kristian Milsap would give the Bulldogs their first lead on a 1-yard touchdown run with 5:05 to play in the first quarter.  Milsap would run in the two-point conversion and the Bulldogs led 8-0.

Southeast Lauderdale would capitalize on an Enterprise fumble early in the second quarter and use the short field to score on an 11-yard touchdown pass.  The extra point kick was good and the Tigers had closed the gap to 8-7.

Another Milsap rushing touchdown and 2-point conversion would extend the Bulldogs lead; however, Southeast Lauderdale would return the ensuing kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown.  Heading to the halftime break, the Bulldogs led 16-14.

Enterprise, looking to get on the board to start the second half, would once again cough up the football and Southeast would recover deep in Bulldog territory.  Following a penalty and a loss of yardage by the Tigers, Southeast would execute the speed option to perfection on 3rd-and-long from the Bulldog 40-yard line.  The play would result in a 40-yard touchdown run and a 20-16 Tiger lead with 9:33 to play in the third quarter.

After forcing a Bulldog punt on their next possession, the visiting Tigers would look to maintain the momentum and expand the lead.  Enterprise junior defensive end Artez Lamar had other ideas, however.  Lamar would fall on a Southeast fumble at midfield and the Bulldogs would take over. 

John Campbell would put the Bulldogs in front for good with his 10-yard touchdown run around left end.  With the fumble recovery and the touchdown, the Bulldogs had not only taken back the lead, but also the momentum. 

Following a Tiger punt, Derryon Gray would take the snap and dart and weave his way through the Tiger defenders for a 40-yard touchdown run.  The two-point conversion would give the Bulldogs a 32-20 lead early in the 4th quarter.

A 44-yard touchdown pass by the Tigers would provide a glimpse of hope for the visitors; however, Milsap would ramble 45-yards for a touchdown on the next Bulldog possession to diminish any chance of a Tiger comeback. 

The Bulldog defense would hold Southeast out of the end zone on two separate occasions late in the fourth quarter, the final time inside the one-yard line with less than two minutes to play. 

The Bulldog rushing attack was led by Milsap with 130 yards on 19 carries and three touchdowns.   Campbell and freshman wingback Parks Burt would run for 93 and 79 yards respectively.  Gray, in addition to the 60-yard pass completion, would produce 70 yards on the ground for the Bulldogs.

Defensively, the Bulldogs were led by junior Jonathan Thomas with 8 tackles and junior Ethan Baxley with 6 tackles on the night.  Junior Luke Cochran aided the Bulldog defense with 4 tackles, a sack, and a fumble recovery.

The Bulldogs (2-0) take to the road for the first time this Friday as they travel to Stringer.  The Red Devils (1-1), defeated the Bulldogs last year by a score of 33-18.  We hope that all Bulldog fans can make the short trip to Jasper County on Friday to support the team, coaches, cheerleaders, and band.