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Union slips past Enterprise
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Monday, October 29, 2018
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After closing out division play last week at Bay Springs, the Enterprise High School football team traveled north to Union last Friday to close out the regular season.

Union slips past Enterprise

ESD Media Relations

After closing out division play last week at Bay Springs, the Enterprise High School football team traveled north to Union last Friday to close out the regular season.   The back-and-forth affair saw a total of eight lead changes before the homestanding Yellowjackets held on for a 49-40 victory against the Bulldogs.

After forcing a Union punt, the Bulldogs wasted little time making their first possession count. On second down, senior running back Zack Kyle broke free from several Yellowjacket defenders and rambled 59 yards for a touchdown. Sophomore Ridge Kidd ran in the two-point conversion and Enterprise led 8-0 with 8:36 to go in the first quarter.

After the two teams would trade possessions, Union would knot the score at 8 on a 26-yard touchdown run and successful two-point conversion attempt with 5:13 remaining in the opening quarter.

Enterprise would drive to the Union 23-yard line on the ensuing possession; however, on 4th down, they would be stopped short of the line to gain and Union would take over on downs. The Yellowjackets would march down the field and score on a 4-yard touchdown run to take the lead. The extra-point was booted through and Union led 15-8 early in the second quarter.

As they would most of the night, the Bulldog offense would answer. Beginning at their own 48-yard line following the Union kick-off, Enterprise would put together an 8-play, 52-yard drive and find the endzone on Ethan Hale’s 5-yard run. The two-point conversion would be stuffed by the Yellowjackets making it a 15-14 game with 9:11 to go in the second quarter.

Following another Union touchdown, this time on a 7-yard run, Enterprise would even the score. Facing a 3rd and 12 from their own 36-yard line, freshman quarterback Derryon Gray would connect with Seth Williams for a 63-yard gain down to the Yellowjacket 1-yard line. Sophomore running back Kristian Milsap would plunge it in to the endzone from there. Kidd would run in the two-point conversion and the Bulldogs and Yellowjackets were knotted at 22 with 5:24 to go before half.

The offensive slugfest would continue before half. Union would tack on a 1-yard scoring run (PAT missed) with 2:37 remaining. Not to be outdone, Gray would connect with Kidd for a 55-yard scoring strike just before half to tie the score again.

At the half, the game was tied at 28.

The Bulldogs took the opening possession of the second half and would regain the lead. A 5-play, 59-yard drive would be capped off by a 22-yard scoring run from Kidd. The two-point attempt failed; however, Enterprise led 34-28.

The Bulldog defense would be unable to hold the Yellowjackets down. On 4th and 6 from the Bulldog 30-yard line, Union quarterback Colby Ferguson connected with Jamarian Harmon for a touchdown pass. The PAT was good and Union eased out in front 35-34 with 7:45 remaining in the 3rd quarter.  

Enterprise’s attempt to answer would be denied, as Gray’s pass toward the endzone was intercepted by the Yellowjackets. Needing a defense stop themselves, the Bulldogs would respond, forcing the Yellowjackets to punt for the first time since the opening quarter.

Following a Bulldog punt, the Yellowjackets would put together a long drive, culminating in an 8-yard scoring run for touchdown. The PAT was good and Union led 42-34 with 7:41 remaining in the game.

Ethan Hale would give the Bulldogs life again, however. His 3-yard touchdown run pulled the Bulldogs within two points of the Yellowjackets. The Union defense would come up with their biggest stop of the night on the two-point conversion attempt, stopping Kyle just short of the endzone. With 6:11 left, Union led 42-40.

Union quarterback Colby Ferguson would deliver the final knockout blow to the Bulldogs with a 25-yard scoring run with 3:37 to go. The successful PAT made the score 49-40.

Enterprise’s attempt at a comeback fell just short, as the Union defense would come through with two interceptions in the waning minutes of the game.

The Bulldogs had their most successful night of the seaon offensively, as they racked up 452 yards of offense against the ‘Jackets. Kyle led all rushers with 190 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown. Milsap added 89 yards and one touchdown, while Kidd had 43 yards rushing and a touchdown to go along with his 55-yard scoring reception. Hale finished the night with 36 yards and two scores.

Defensively, freshman Jonathan Tinsley led the Bulldogs with 12 tackles and 2 sacks. Sophomore Jonathan Thomas added 8 tackles, while Williams and Kidd were both credited with 7 stops.

The Bulldogs open the MHSAA state playoffs this Friday as they travel to Collins High School. We hope that you will make the trip to Collins to support our players, coaches, cheerleaders, and band members. Go Dawgs!