Bulldogs fall to Tartars

By ESD MEDIA RELATIONS,

The Enterprise High football team put their perfect season on the line this past Friday by traveling to perennial power Taylorsville.  The defending state runner-up Tartars proved to be too much for the young, feisty Bulldog bunch from Enterprise as they came away with a 55-18 win.  

The Bulldogs would kick to the Tartars to open the contest and after picking up a few first downs, Bulldog safety Ridge Kidd would knock the ball loose from a Taylorsville receiver and the Bulldogs would recover.  The momentum would be short-lived as Enterprise would be unable to pick up the first down and would have to kick to the Tartars. 

A 36-yard touchdown pass from Ty Keyes would put the Tartars on the board on the next Taylorsville possession.  The extra point was good and Taylorsville led 7-0 midway through the first quarter. 

The Tartars would add to their lead on touchdown runs of 51 and 5 yards respectively.  The second of which was set up by a mishandled snap on a punt attempt deep in Bulldog territory.  With just under two minutes to play in the first quarter, Taylorsville led 20-0. 

Enterprise would not lay down, however.  Trailing 20-0, the Bulldogs put together their best drive of the night down to the Tartar 5-yard line.  The drive was highlighted by a 38 yard run by Kidd.  On 4th-and-goal from the 5, quarterback Derryon Gray found Kidd at the goal line for a 5-yard touchdown pass.  The extra-point was wide left but the Bulldogs were on the board. 

The Tartars would answer the Bulldog score on their next possession as Keyes connected on a 28-yard touchdown pass to add to the Tartar lead. 

The gritty Bulldog offense would answer right back with a 7-play 65-yard drive capped off by a 21-yard touchdown scamper by Gray on a quarterback keeper.  The big play of the drive was a 36-yard pass completion from Gray to sophomore tight end Blake Wilkins.

The Bulldogs would force a Taylorsville punt on their next possession but would be unable to come away with any more points before halftime.  At the break, Taylorsville led 27-12.

The Tartars would waste little time adding to their halftime lead.  Touchdown runs of 35 and 29-yards would douse any hopes for a Bulldog upset as the Tartars led 41-12 midway through the third quarter. 

On the next Bulldog possession, Gray and Wilkins would hook up yet again.  On the first play of the series, the duo connected for a 40-yard pass and catch setting the Bulldogs up in Tartar territory.  Six plays later, Gray would scramble around and find Wilkins again in the back of the endzone for an 18-yard scoring strike.  The two-point conversion was denied and the Bulldogs trailed 41-18 late in the third quarter. 

Taylorsville would add two scores late in the contest, one coming on a 61-yard touchdown run on the games final play, to secure the 55-18 victory over the visiting Bulldogs.

Enterprise accumulated 218 yards of total offense against the Tartars, with 119 coming on the ground and 99 through the air.  Kidd was the leading Bulldog rusher as he carried seven times for 58 yards.  Kristian Milsap earned 55 tough yards on 17 carries for Enterprise.  Through the air, Gray completed 4 of 6 passes for 99 yards and 2 touchdowns, with Wilkins hauling in 3 of the passes for a team-high 94 yards.

Defensively, the Bulldogs were led for a second week in a row by hard-hitting safety Ridge Kidd.  Kidd finished with 6 tackles, including a tackle for loss and a forced fumble.  Junior Brandon Reynolds added 5 tackles, with John Campbell and freshman Luke Hartman adding 3 tackles respectively. 

The loss, the first of the season for the Bulldogs, puts them in a second-place tie with Bay Springs and sets up a huge division match-up this week at LJ Davis Field as the two teams battle to secure second place in the division and the right to host a home playoff matchup.  

We hope that you will come out and support the Bulldog players, coaches, band, and cheerleaders this Friday at LJ Davis Field.  A spirit rally will be held in the courtyard at 6:00 and senior night festivities will take place around 6:30.  We hope to see you there!  Go DAWGS.