Bassfield overpowers Enterprise

Published 10:45 pm Saturday, October 10, 2015

Daily Leader / Marty Albright / Enterprise's Dewayne Pendleton (25)  fights for some extra yards against Bassfield's strong defense Friday night at Harry Cole Field.

Daily Leader / Marty Albright / Enterprise’s Dewayne Pendleton (25) fights for some extra yards against Bassfield’s strong defense Friday night at Harry Cole Field.

The three-time defending 2A state champions Bassfield Yellowjackets flexed their muscles and thumped the Enterprise Yellow Jackets 53-6 Friday night in Region 7-2A football action at Harry Cole Field.

“Bassfield has very impressive football team,” said Enterprise coach Brooks Burns. “Our guys knew coming in that Bassfield has a very good, but we continued to play hard and finished strong. Overall, I was pleased with my guys’ effort. They did not quit. Now, we have to regroup and start preparing for our Lincoln County rivals, the Loyd Star Hornets next Friday.”

The Bassfield Jackets came out and dominated the first three quarters of action as they built a 47-0 lead.

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In the first quarter, Bassfield scored 28 unanswered points led by Rashaud Green scoring on a 41-yard run and on a 29-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown.

Racheem Booth helped Bassfield’s special teams get into the scoring action as he returned a 45-yard punt for a touchdown. Ron Thompson punched in a 27-yard run to give Bassfield a 28-0 lead. Cade Perrin finished with 3-for-8 on the extra point kick for the night.

In the second period, Bassfield scored only once as Kevin McNair scrambled in a five-yard rushing touchdown as it took a commanding 34-0 lead into halftime.

In the third quarter, the clock continued to run as Bassfield scored two more times on runs of 38 and 30 yards by Sanxhez Berry and James Washington as the defending champs pushed their lead to 47-0.

In the final period of action, Enterprise managed to spoil Bassfield’s bid for a shutout late in the game as quarterback Zach Hodges cashed in a two-yard touchdown run with 1:40 left. The Jackets of Lincoln County attempted a two-point conversion but was unsuccessful.

In the final seconds of the game, Bassfield would score their final points of the night on a 45-yard run by Justin Berry to give the Yellowjackets a 53-6 win.

“Our guys came out and played hard,” said Bassfield coach Lance Mancuso. “Enterprise has a great group of players. They fought hard until the very end and did not give up. Overall, I was pleased with my team’s efforts, but we need to stay focus as the season continues.”

Offensively, Enterprise finished with 53 yards of total offense. Tanner Waldrop led the Lincoln County-based Jackets with 31 yards rushing on nine carries. Wesley Blazier contributed 21 rushing yards on six carries. Both Waldrop and Blazier averaged 10 yards on kickoff returns.

Defensively, Jakob Thames and Austin Boyte led Enterprise with three tackles each. Thames also recovered a fumble. Devin Kirtfield provided two tackles. Wesley Blazier, Braxton Thompson, Zach Hodges, Mitchell Poole and Dylan Nelton each had one tackle apiece.

Enterprise (3-4, 0-2) travels Friday to battle the Loyd Star Hornets in the annual Sting Bowl rivalry. Bassfield returns home to host Amite County. Both games begin at 7 p.m.