Bobcats outscore Enterprise
BOGUE CHITTO — In an offensive showcase on a freezing Fridaynight at Troy Smith Field, the Bogue Chitto Bobcats held off atough Enterprise Fighting Yellow Jacket team for a 48-37 win in thefinal Region 4-1A game of the regular season.
Bogue Chitto (6-5) travels to Puckett to meet the 10-0 WolvesFriday in the opening round of the Class 1A state footballplayoffs. Puckett shut out South Leake 39-0. The game begins at 7p.m.
The Bobcats finished with 425 total offensive yards. The Jackets(2-9, 2-7) followed with 320 yards.
“It was not much defense on either side in the game,” said BogueChitto head coach Gareth Sartin. “(Coach Roe) Burns had his teamready to play. We came out flat and Enterprise took advantage ofit. Offensively, we played well. We controlled the line ofscrimmage and ran the ball well. If we want to make a good playoffrun, we must play better defense.”
Controversy occurred late in the fourth quarter. Enterprisescored an apparent touchdown which cut the deficit to five points,42-37. But the officials ruled it was not a fumble when RodneyBarker lost it and one of the Enterprise linemen picked it up andran it in. The referees ruled it was an illegal forward lateralwhich resulted in a loss of down penalty and gave Bogue Chitto theball as a turnover on downs.
Burns argued that there was no flag thrown and two officialssignaled a touchdown.
“The opportunity for us to win the game was taken away from uson a bad call,” said Burns. “Bogue Chitto has a good offensive teamand I wish them the best of luck in the playoffs.
“But our team played extremely well and we never gave up. I wasvery proud of my seniors and the great effort they gave.”
A 30-yard pass from Rodney Barker to Zach Jackson put Enterpriseup 7-0 following Elliott McKee’s PAT kick with 8:35 showing in thefirst quarter. McKee kicked 2 more extra points.
With 4:22 on the clock in the first quarter, Bogue Chitto struckon a 13-yard run by Cole Laird and followed with a 2-pointconversion run by Seth Avants for an 8-6 lead.
The Jackets came back with 3:20 left in the first quarter andstruck on a 63-yard pass-play from Barker to Jackson for 14-8lead.
In the second quarter, Bogue Chitto outscored Enterprise 22-8 tocarry a 30-22 lead in at the half. Avants scored on a 9, 2 and1-yard TD runs and a 2 point-conversion run. Laird ran for theother 2-point conversion,
McKee returned a kickoff 81-yards for the Jackets and Barker hitMT Martin on the 2-point conversion play in the second quarter.
Each team scored in the third quarter as Bogue Chitto stillmaintained a 6-point, 36-30, lead over Bogue Chitto. Avants scoredhis 4th TD on an 18-yard run but the 2-point pass-play failed atthe 4:54 mark. Enterprise punched in its TD with 2:40 remaining ona 13-yard run by Chris Moak. Barker ran the 2-point conversion.
The Bobcats scored touchdowns at the 11:34 and 1:20 mark for a48-30 lead. Byron Kersee scored both Bobcat TDs on a runs of 2 and8 yards. The PAT kick and 2-point run failed.
With 1:03 in the game, Moak broke loose for a 68-yard touchdownrun to cut the deficit to 48-37.
For Bogue Chitto, Avants rushed the ball 18 times for 150 yardsand completed 7 of 11 passes for 81 yards. Kersee rushed 11 timesfor 94 yards.
Mario Addison led the Bobcat receivers with 4 catches for 34yards. Making 2 catches for 33 yards was Keyouna Perkins.
The Enterprise running game was led by Moak with 8 carries for96 yards. Michael Prather rushed for 36 yards on 6 carries. Martinfollowed with 3 carries for 27 yards. Deon Pendleton rushed for 22yards on 4 carries.
Leading the Jacket receivers was Zach Jackson with 2 catches for93 yards.
Defensively, Scott Brown led the Bobcats with13 tackles and a pass interception. Making 8 stops was FredTillman. Matthew Magee and Addison finished with 7 stops apiece.Magee recovered a fumble.
The Jackets got 14 tackles from Moak. Making 10 tackles wasMartin. Trey Boyd finished with 8 tackles. Following with 6 stopsapiece were Taylor Allen and Jake Walker. Michael Prather andTravis Leggett recovered a fumble apiece.