Friday, October 9, 2015
Prattville High School
Enterprise High School
Former Prattville Lions quarterback coach David Faulkner told his Enterprise Wildcats to earn a playoff spot âtake care of business, and win your final three region games and you guys are in.â The Wildcats took Faulknerâs words to heart and took care of the first part of the deal knocking off fourth ranked Prattville Friday night at Wildcat Stadium, 28-20.
Enterprise was an afterthought of most followers of class 7A football without a region win at the time; and an embarrassing, 51-14 defeat to Georgiaâs number one Colquitt County Packers. Throw in a 34-7 defeat at the hands of Jeff Davis, a 21-7 spanking from Robert E. Lee and a 34-14 defeat by Auburn, it didnât look good for Faulkner and his youthful Cats,
Trailing 13-7 as the second half began the Wildcats took the second half kickoff and used up six minutes and 30 seconds of the third quarter en route to a 15-play 84-yard drive to take the lead and never looked back. The Wildcats built up a 28-13 margin before giving up a late touchdown to Prattville with only five minutes left in the game.
Enterprise rolled up 141-yards on the ground, but it was the magical right arm of junior quarterback John Michael Griffin who did most of the damage for the Wildcats. Griffin hit 13 out of 26 attempts for 170-yards including two touchdown aerials.
Griffinâs first TD toss came with 8:33 left in the first half a 28-yard strike to sophomore Warren Chance, and the second six pointer a 7-yard toss to junior Cincere Flowers early in the third quarter.
With a minute left in the third quarter Flowers added a second touchdown with a 2-yard dash at the center of the Lions line following a short Prattville punt that gave the Wildcats possession at the Lion 40.
Sandwiched in with the two scores cornerback junior Marcus Jones picked off a Josh Thomas aerial at his 20-yard line and rambled 80-yards to a score with seven minutes left in the game to gift wrap the big win.
Prattville had golden opportunities to put the game on ice in the first half. However a stagnant offense that bogged down twice in the first half to produce only two field goals proved costly.
The Lions took the opening kickoff and kept the ball for five minutes driving to a first down at the Enterprise 28. Moore kept for six on first down, then Kingston Davis was dumped for a three yard loss. Moore overthrew Grappa in the end zone forcing a 43-yard field goal from AJ Reed.
After the Wildcats took a 7-3 lead with Griffinâs first touchdown pass, Prattville took over at its 22. De Keith Whaley picked up four yards on first down, Davis was dropped for a seven yard loss, and then Moore hit a wide open Courtney Taylor-Cain for a sure touchdown, but Country dropped the ball forcing a Preston Knight punt.
The Wildcats went three and out. On fourth down Hunter Nicholsonâs punt was blocked by Trajan Morrissett and returned 30 yards for a touchdown giving Prattville a 10-7 lead.
Following the blocked punt Prattvilleâs William Watson intercepted Griffinâs pass at Prattvilleâs 30 and returned it to the Wildcat 31. The Lions couldnât muster a first down as Davis was stuffed on third and two forcing a 45-yard field goal from AJ Reed and a 13-7 lead at halftime.
Prattville trimmed Enterpriseâs 28-13 lead to 28-20 midway of the final quarter. After Jonesâ interception gave the Cats its fourth score Prattville put together a seven play drive with Josh Moore scoring on a three yard dash around left end with 5:58 left.
Enterprise took the ensuing kickoff and ran off two first downs and three minutes of clock. Nicolsonâs punt rolled dead at Prattvilleâs 3-yard line with 3:24 remaining.
Prattville put up a gallant effort motoring to Enterpriseâs 25-yard line with 1:12 left. However an illegal receiver downfield penalty, an overthrown pass, a 2-yard run by Davis, and a back breaking dropped wide open pass by Davis that would have been a sure touchdown ended with the Cats a big upset winner.