Enterprise applies sting to Bogue Chitto

Published 6:00 am Monday, November 8, 2004

BOGUE CHITTO — Playing perhaps their finest all-around game ofthe season, the visiting Enterprise Yellow Jackets played the roleof spoiler with a 22-13 victory over the Bogue Chitto BobcatsFriday night at chilly Troy Smith Field.

The victory boosted the Jackets’ final 2004 record to 4-7 (3-6in Region 4-1A) while the Bobcats fell out of playoff contentionand ended the season at 4-7 (4-5 in Region 4-1A).

“We’ve been lacking the ability to rise to the top when weneeded to,” said Jackets head coach Mac Bezet. “We finally did it.Our defense had several times where they could have given up butthey didn’t. It was a well-played game by both teams.”

Things looked bleak for both teams early as they lost fumbles ontheir opening possessions, the Jackets’ coming on their initialplay of the game.

The Bobcats put it all together on their second drive to scorethe only points of the first quarter with 33.5 to play. LangePorter reached paydirt on a five-yard run to cap a six-play,50-yard drive. Erik Allen added the PAT for a 7-0 Bogue Chittolead.

Enterprise scored its only points of the second quarter on aone-yard dash by Vincent Smith with 3:59 to play to end a 14-play,65-yard drive. The two-point conversion attempt failed leaving thescore 7-6 at the intermission.

The Jackets took the lead with 3:58 to play in the third periodwhen Terrell May reached the end zone on a one-yard scramble to endan 11-play, 63-yard march. Alex Powell ran for the two-pointconversion for a 14-7 Enterprise advantage.

The Bobcats quickly answered with their final points of thenight. Cory Washington scored on a seven-yard run with 1:46 to playin the quarter to end a short, five-play, 65-yard drive. Thetwo-point conversion attempt was unsuccessful, leaving the score at14-13 after three periods of play.

Enterprise put the game out of reach with 8:41 to play in thegame. Powell scored on a two-yard run to complete an 11-play,65-yard drive. Rodney Barker ran for the two-point conversion.

Bogue Chitto drove inside the Jackets’ 10-yard line twice in thegame’s final minutes. The Jackets’ defense rose to the occasion andrefused to allow additional points.

“Offensively, we moved the ball when we needed to,” said BogueChitto head coach Gareth Sartin. “We just couldn’t finish ourdrives. They (Enterprise) could. It was a good, hard-fought game byboth teams.”

Bogue Chitto was minus the services of standout sophomorequarterback Dante Ratcliff for a second straight game. Ratcliffsuffered a broken jaw in the loss to Mt. Olive three weeks ago.

May once again led the Enterprise offense. The junior runningback finished with 165 yards and a touchdown on 31 carries. Powellhad 35 yards and a score on seven carries. John Prather contributed20 yards and Smith 18 yards and a touchdown.

Quarterback Cory Everett completed two of four passes for 20yards. Barker passed twice. Powell had one reception for 16 yards,with May having one for 4 yards. Barker punted twice for a30.5-yard average.

Powell and Chris Moak topped the Enterprise defense with threeand a half tackles apiece. Wayne Nations, Antonio Sanders and ColbySullivan all had three stops. Powell also had a fumblerecovery.

Lyvanda Carmichael led the Bobcats’ offense with 84 yards onnine carries. Porter picked up 63 yards and a touchdown on 16carries. Washington had 48 yards and a touchdown on eightcarries.

Porter completed three of eight passes, all to Steven Snow, for62 yards. Allen punted once for 38 yards.

Washington and Robert Bullock both had 12 tackles for theBobcats’ defense. Tate chipped in 11 stops and Porter 10. Porteralso recovered a fumble and Bullock had a quarterback sack.