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Dragons burn Enterprise

DAILY LEADER / TERESA ALLRED / Enterprise freshman running back Tanner Waldrop breaks free from a Pisgah defender for a positive gain Friday night at Harry Cole Field.

DAILY LEADER / TERESA ALLRED / Enterprise freshman running back Tanner Waldrop breaks free from a Pisgah defender for a positive gain Friday night at Harry Cole Field.

Pisgah spoiled the conclusion of Enterprise’s homecoming on the gridiron as the Dragons relied on their speed to torch the Jackets 49-8 on Harry Cole Field.

“I am truly proud of my guys,” said Enterprise coach Brooks Burns. “The guys played hard and did not quit against a quick Pisgah squad. We did a great job competing all night long.”

The Dragons quickly set the flow of the contest in the first quarter and never looked back. Junior quarterback T.J. McGinnis showed off his blazing speed throughout the night as he punched in three rushing touchdown on runs of 32 yards in the first quarter, 76 yards in the second quarter and 86 yards in the third quarter.

Don Ragsdale also provided a highlight reel for his Dragons as he scored on a 13-yard run in the first quarter and caught a 17-yard touchdown pass from Kendarius Story. Place kicker Haden Miller finished the night perfect on the extra-point attempts on seven tries. At the end of the first half, the Dragons led 28-0 over Enterprise.

In the second half, the Dragon continued to overpower the Jackets with their high-octane speed as they increased the lead to 42-0 after a 15-yard run by Hunter Harrell with 1:41 left.

In the fourth quarter, the Jackets managed to break up Pisgah’s bid for a shut out on a 35-yard run by Tanner Waldrop. Enterprise elected to go for the two-point conversion and was successful as Zach Hodges plowed straight ahead through Pisgah’s defensive line.

The Dragons would add another touchdown to increase the lead late in the fourth quarter when Omar Smith cashed in an 8-yard touchdown run with 3:10 remaining.

“We played really well tonight,” said Pisgah coach Michael Granberry. “Our speed was too much for Enterprise to handle. Enterprise has a good young football team, and those boys did not quit. I was really impressed with their effort. Overall, I was please with my guys’ effort. Hopefully we continue this momentum next week as we prepare for our district race.”

Offensively, Braxton Thompson directed the Jackets ground attack with 23 rushes for 88 yards. Chance Lacking provided nine rushes for 62 yards.

Hodges completed three of 12 passes for 35 yards and ran for 38 yards on 17 carries. Brant White was the top receiver with one catch for 18 yards, and Cade Candgemi caught a pass for 17 yards.

McGinnis powered the Dragons offensive game plan with seven carries for 222 yards and three touchdowns.

Defensively, Devon Kirtfield and Waldrop were the leaders on the field for Enterprise with eight tackles apiece. Bradley McCoy, Austin Coleman and Trevor Freeman provided six stops each.

Enterprise will begin a three-week road tour this Friday as they visit Columbia to take on the East Marion Eagles in Region 7-2A action. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.