Enterprise too much for the Red DevilsBy ESD MEDIA RELATIONS,
After spending the first two weeks of the season in the friendly confines of LJ Davis Field, the Enterprise High football team took its act on the road for the first time this past Friday. The Bulldogs made the drive into Jasper County to take on the homestanding Stringer Red Devils.
Led by the backfield duo of juniors John Campbell and Kristian Milsap, the Bulldogs were able to jump out to a big lead and then hold on late to claim the non-division matchup by a score of 24-16.
The first quarter went by quickly as neither team was able to maintain anything offensively. That would all change in the second quarter, however, as Milsap would put the Bulldogs on the board with 8:23 to go in the half with a 16-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion was denied and the Bulldogs led 6-0.
After forcing a Stringer punt, the Bulldogs would add to their lead. Taking over at midfield, the Bulldogs would need only five plays to find the endzone. On first down from the Stringer 17-yard line, Campbell would take the handoff around left end and beat the Stringer defenders to the corner of the end zone. The two-point conversion pass was intercepted, but the Bulldogs led 12-0 with 3:48 to go before halftime.
After the halftime break, the Bulldogs would take possession to open the third quarter and would expand on their lead once again. A 12-play drive that chewed up yardage on the ground, but most importantly nearly seven minutes of game time, would culminate in a 1-yard touchdown plunge by Milsap. Along the way, the Bulldogs would convert on two huge fourth down attempts to keep the drive alive. The Red Devils would stop the two-point attempt but the Bulldogs were in command, leading 18-0 with 5:02 to go in the third quarter.
The Bulldog defense would force another Red Devil punt on the ensuing possession. Starting at midfield following the punt, the Bulldogs would look to ice the game away late in the third quarter. That would all change on the next play; however, as the Bulldogs would fumble the ball away and Stringer would recover in Bulldog territory. A few plays later, on 4th-and-9, Stringer would complete a 29-yard touchdown pass from Jackson Parker to Omar Bridges down the left sideline. Instead of putting the game away, the turnover and conversion had given the Red Devils new life.
Looking to diminish any hopes of a comeback, Enterprise would answer the Red Devil score on their next possession. Sophomore quarterback Derryon Gray would sneak in from the 1-yard line early in the fourth quarter and Enterprise expanded their lead back out to 24-7.
The Bulldogs would force a Red Devil turnover on downs on the ensuing possession and look to run out the clock, taking over with just under five minutes to play and a comfortable 17-point lead. That’s when things would get interesting. The Bulldogs would line up to punt from their own 31-yard line after not being able to pick up a first down. The snap to the punter would go over his head and out of the back of the endzone for a Red Devil safety to make the score 24-9.
Stringer would take the free kick following the safety and begin at the Bulldog 42-yard line. On fourth down from the 6-yard line, Parker would connect with Bridges again on a touchdown completion. The extra-point was good and all of a sudden the Red Devils were within one score, 24-16, with 1:08 remaining.
Stringer would attempt an onside kick but Bulldog junior Ridge Kidd would recover and Enterprise would run out the clock and claim victory in the non-division contest.
For the game, the Bulldogs ground attack churned out 298 yards, with Campbell and Milsap accounting for 142 and 134 yards respectively. Defensively, Enterprise was led by junior Jonathan Thomas with nine tackles, senior defensive lineman Brandon Buckley with seven tackles, including two tackles for loss, and junior safety Ethan Baxley added six tackles. The Bulldogs held Stringer to only 176 yards of total offense on the night.
With the victory, the Bulldogs move to 3-0 on the young season while Stringer drops to 1-2. The Bulldogs will make the long journey to Lincoln County this Friday as they take on Enterprise-Lincoln in another non-division tilt. We hope you will make the drive to Lincoln County to support our Bulldogs, cheerleaders, and band members.