PHENIX CITY — Enterprise finished out a three-game road stretch with another tough loss, this one against the Class 7A top-ranked Central Phenix City Red Devils.
The Wildcats were unable to establish a rhythm offensively, gaining only ten first downs and turning the ball over twice in Red Devil territory.
Meanwhile, Central-Phenix City rotated several parts in and out of the offensive backfield to take advantage of an Enterprise defense missing its two leading tacklers: K.D. McCray and Robert Ellis.
The Red Devils got on the board first with a nine-yard scamper from tailback David Dykes. Sean Campbell added the point after to go up 7-0 with 2:19 remaining in the first quarter.
After quarterback Peter Parrish started the game for Central, Tucker Melton subbed in and led a drive that culminated with a 30-yard passing touchdown to Tyquaze Mayo with 10:48 left in the second quarter. The Red Devils tried for two and failed, setting the score at 13-0.
On the ensuing drive for Enterprise, the Wildcats were facing fourth and short from their own 29 when head coach David Faulkner rolled the dice on a fake punt. Quarterback (and punter) Grant Thornton took the snap and made it all the way to Central’s 45.
Three plays later, however, the Wildcats were forced to punt again, a testament to the way the night would go for Enterprise.
A few drives later, after the Red Devils added another touchdown, Maurice Hicks and Tre Robinson put together a solid one-two punch on the ground to drive the ball to the Central 42. The drive stalled when Thornton’s pass was intercepted by Davontae Mathews at the 17.
Central padded its lead with three seconds remaining in the first half. Peter Parrish rolled out and found Deonte Williams on a five-yard strike. The PAT was good for a 27-0 halftime lead.
The second half was more of the same for Enterprise. Three plays in to the half, Central got on the board again when Melton found Kameron Mason for a 37-yard touchdown, putting the Red Devils up 34-0.
Enterprise responded by driving to the Central 39, but fumbled on a bad snap that gave Central the ball back at midfield.
The Red Devils cruised from there, getting backups in on the action and claiming a 48-0 win to remain unblemished on the season.
Central finished the game with over 550 yards of total offense — 250 on the ground and 314 through the air.
Enterprise posted 210 yards, and its usually strong passing game was held below 100 yards for the first time this season.
Thornton finished 5-of-17 for 61 yards and an interception.
Robinson carried 12 times for 63 yards.
The Wildcats have a bye next week before returning to play at Bates Memorial Stadium against Lee High School, which will host Central next week.
Central Phenix City 7-0 3-0
Auburn 6-0 3-0
Prattville 4-2 2-1
Smiths Station 5-2 2-2
Lee Montgomery 4-3 2-2
Jeff Davis 1-5 0-3
Enterprise 2-5 0-4