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Bobcats smash Enterprise in tune up for state playoffs

The Bogue Chitto Bobcats played very much like the playoff-boundteam they are Friday night with a convincing 41-6 victory over thehost Enterprise Yellow Jackets at Harry L. Cole, Sr., Field. TheBobcats finished the regular season 8-3 and secured second place inRegion 4-1A with a 7-2 mark. Enterprise finished the season at 2-9(2-7 in Region 4-1A).

Bogue Chitto will host South Leake Friday night on Troy SmithField in the opening round of the 1A state playoffs. Kickoff is 7p.m.

“We got beat by a pretty good team,” said Enterprise head coachScott Leggett. “I hate our season went the way it did. We’ve got toget in the weight room (during the offseason) and focus straightahead.”

The first quarter belonged to Rico Lewis and the Bobcats. Onthree consecutive plays from scrimmage, Lewis scored touchdowns onruns of 15 and 71 yards plus a 45-yard pass reception fromquarterback Michael Blackwell. Todd Davis kicked two extra pointsand Corey Washington ran for a two-point conversion and a 22-0 leadafter the period.

An inoperable scoreboard clock made it impossible to tell thetime of each score.

Bogue Chitto managed to put together a scoring drive in thesecond quarter. Taking over on their own 20-yard line, following anEnterprise fumble in the end zone, the Bobcats marched 80-yards in12 plays. Washington did the honors on a five-play run. Davis’ PATwas no good, leaving the score at 28-0.

The only highlight of the night for the Jackets came on theensuing possession. A 30-yard touchdown pass from Rodney Barker toMike Waldrop completed a six-play, 62-yard drive. Scott Sasseradded the PAT for a 28-7 score.

The last play of the half proved typical of the Jackets’misfortune this season. A Terrell May gallop gave Enterprise theball at the Bobcat’s 10-yard line. Two plays later, Barker’s passwas intercepted by Dontae Thompson and returned 100 yards for atouchdown to make the score 34-0 at the intermission. Davis’ PATwas again unsuccessful.

Bogue Chitto scored the only points of the second halfapproximately midway through the third quarter. A. C. Barnesreached paydirt on a six-yard run to end an 80-yard, 10-play drive.Davis’ PAT closed out the scoring.

“This was a really big win for us,” said Bobcats’ head coachGareth Sartin. “It’s always good to go into the playoffs on awinning note. Our offensive line and running backs did anoutstanding job and the defense did an exceptional job and has beenstrong all year.”

Jamaal Vaughn led the Enterprise ball carriers with 77 yards on12 rushes. May had 41 yards on 15 carries. Also gaining yards wereDerrick Clark, Blake McKee and Will Sicard. Barker completed one oftwo passes for a 30-yard touchdown to Waldrop. He had one passpicked off.

Josh Tanner punted three times for a 35-yard average. TheJackets had eight first downs on the night, lost one fumble andwere penalized four times for 36.5 yards.

Defensively, Enterprise was led by Lane Nationswith 11 tackles. Clark had nine stops and a sack. Corey Smithrecorded seven tackles. May had an interception.

Washington had 116 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries to topthe Bogue Chitto ground game. Lewis had 99 yards and two scores onseven carries. Barnes tallied 50 yards and a touchdown on sevencarries. Also recording yards were Dantae Ratliff, C. J. Tate andSteven Snow.

Blackwell completed two of four passes for 49 yards and atouchdown. He was intercepted once. Lewis had a 45-yard touchdownreception while Lane Porter caught a four-yard pass.

The Bobcats recorded 13 first downs and were penalized fourtimes for 30 yards. David Adams punted once for five yards.