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Bears stomp Jackets

DAILY LEADER / TERESA ALLRED / West Lincoln running back Bryce Temple (5) sparks the Bears past the Enterprise Yellow Jackets Friday night at Harry Cole Field.

DAILY LEADER / TERESA ALLRED / West Lincoln running back Bryce Temple (5) sparks the Bears past the Enterprise Yellow Jackets Friday night at Harry Cole Field.

Junior running back Bryce Temple had a game-high performance for West Lincoln as he rushed for 117 yards on 16 carries to direct the Bears to a huge district win over the Enterprise Yellow Jackets 26-14 Friday night in Region 7-2A football action at Harry Cole Field.

“I am extremely proud of the guys,” said West Lincoln coach Willie Brumfield. “They played with excitement and executed in all phases. Our kids showed a lot of character and poise throughout the whole game,”

Local football fans gathered to see two hungry teams battle hard for a much deserved win for the season.

In the first quarter, Enterprise and West Lincoln fought back-and-forth in a defensive contest as neither team could get their offense going.

In the second quarter, the Bears finally broke up the scoreless game, when senior quarterback Jonah punched in a four-yard touchdown run. West Lincoln failed to kick in the extra point. West Lincoln’s defense managed to keep the Jackets scoreless in the first half to take 6-0 lead into halftime.

In the second half, West Lincoln continued their momentum and outscored Enterprise 14-8.

Junior running back Bryce Temple directed the Bears’ charge with a four-yard run and 80-yard kickoff return for touchdowns. Javian MacKabee cashed in the two-point conversion.

Enterprise managed to get on the scoreboard late in the third quarter, when senior running back Jackson Cole broke loose and sprinted 60 yards to paydirt. Quarterback Austin Coleman rushed in the two-point conversion.

In the fourth quarter, both teams traded a touchdown apiece. West Lincoln’s running back scored on a 15-yard run. The Bears failed to punch in the second attempt of the two-point conversion.

The Jackets answered with an eight-yard touchdown run by Jake Case. Enterprise failed to cash in the two-point conversion.

“We were just snake bit,” said Enterprise coach Brooks Burns. “We come out, play and do a lot of good things, but costly mistakes, fumbles and penalties kill us and our drives. Overall, we made too many mistakes … to win the game.”

Offensively, MacKabee was the second leading rusher for the Bears with 12 carries for 88 yards. King paced West Lincoln’s aerial attack completing two-of-three passes for 40 yards. He also rushed for 22 yards on five carries

Jade Use helped the ground attack with two rushes for 31 yards.

Cole was the offensive leader for the Jackets with 278 yards rushing on 20 carries. He also caught two passes for 16 yards.

Case contributed 23 yards on the ground on seven rushing attempts

Defensively, Case paced Enterprise with 10 tackles. Cole had nine stops and Devin Kirtfield provided eight tackles.

Thomas Weeks powered the Bears with 14 tackles and caused two fumbles. Jamin Conrad helped with 11 stops and recovered the two fumbles. Tyler Moak and Use contributed 10 tackles apiece.

The Bears return home host the Loyd Star Hornets for the final playoff spot in the 7-2A race. The Jackets visits Liberty to tangle with the Amite County Trojans. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.