Bears exterminate Yellow Jackets
Perry Miller Field hosted their Lincoln County and division rival Enterprise Yellow Jackets Friday night. West Lincoln (4-6, 1-3) and Enterprise (0-9, 0-4) fans packed the stands to watch the gridiron matchup as the Bears overpowered the Jackets to claim a 36-8 Region 7-2A victory.
After the win Coach Brumfield expressed “I would like to thank everyone for their support for helping us wrap this one in green and white. What a great day to be a Bear.”
The game started with the Bears receiving the ball on a 37-yard line after the kick by Austin Coleman for Enterprise. West Lincoln quarterback Ty Forman led the Bears down the field and with 9:37 remaining in the first quarter West Lincoln scored the first points of the night on a 2-yard run by Jayden Rushing going up 6-0 after a failed extr point. The Bears kicked off the ball to the Yellow Jackets, but miscommunication by Enterprise led to a turnover to the Bears.
Enterprise battled back on their first possession with big runs by Chance Lacking, Braxton Thompson and Zach Hodges. With 6:07 on the clock Enterprise scored on a 4-yard run by Hodges followed by a two point conversion by Lacking. The Enterprise Yellow Jackets took the lead 8-6.
West Lincoln regained the lead with 3:21 left in the first quarter on a 7-yard touchdown run by Jade Use. Forman kept the ball and added the two-point conversion putting the Bears up 8-14.
West Lincoln continued to make big offensive plays and scored another touchdown with 8:20 left in the second quarter on a 12-yard run by Julian Anderson. The PAT was short making the score 20-8 Bears.
Forman rushed for another touchdown and two-point conversion with 2:25 minutes left in the first half taking the Bears into halftime with a 28-8 lead.
After halftime both teams’ defense shut down the opposing offense as neither team was unable to score in the third quarter. The Bears made the final score of the night with 8:50 left in the fourth quarter on a 19-yard touchdown run and two-point conversion by Forman to finalize the game.
Forman completed five of seven passes for 101 yards. Gabe Nations caught two passes for 51 yards, Chase Owen and Bryce Temple each caught a 20-yard pass. The Bears rushed for 413 yards led by Forman’s 15 carries for 141 yards, Rushing’s 11 carries for 127 yards, and Temple’s 12 carries for 107 yards.
West Lincoln’s defense collected 89 tackles including three tackles for a loss and four fumbles. Aaron Byrd collected seven solo and six assists tackles, Rushing collected seven solo and five assists, Anderson had six solo and four assist, and Lofton Sills had four solo and five assist. Liam Rutland pulled in an interception.
Enterprise collected 168 total yards. Thompson led the Yellow Jackets’ offense with 19 carries for 77 yards, Lacking had nine carries for 56 yards. Devon Kirtfield powered the defense for Enterprise with five solo tackles and Treston Cantrell collected three tackles.
“I’m extremely proud of our kids tonight. What a wonderful night for high school football and a tremendous atmosphere,” stated Brumfield. “Our kids came out ready to play tonight. Finally, we looked like the football team I know we can be. It was a total team effort.
“Offensively, we didn’t turn the ball over and executed pretty well. Defensively we were the cliché bend but don’t break. We still had a few penalties that stalled a couple drives, and we need to eliminate those mistakes,” remarked Brumfield.
West Lincoln travels up Jackson-Liberty Road next Friday night for the last regular season and division game against the Loyd Star Hornets. Enterprise returns home to host the Amite County Trojans for a Region 7-2A contest. Kickoff is scheduled for 7p.m. start for both games.