Game of the Week Preview: Carroll and Enterprise renew old rivalry

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ENTERPRISE, Ala (WDHN) — This week’s Extra Point Game of the Week features two teams who haven’t seen each other on the gridiron since 2007. However, this series dates back all the way to 1915.

Now in 2020, Carroll resides in 5A and Enterprise is one of the biggest schools in the Wiregrass at 7A.

This game came about just last week as Enterprise had their original game scheduled for Friday cancelled after Early Co. in Georgia had to cancel due to a positive COVID-19 test from their prior opponent, Pelham.

That is where Carroll and coach Patrick Plott come in, the Eagles were already sitting idle this week after Pike County Schools limited all schools to region only contests. Which affected Carroll as they were supposed to play Pike Co. this Friday. Then, after a few phone calls, the rivalry was reborn, now in a non-region game.

But, for 22 years these two did square off as regional foes and during the 80s, Carroll was led by Paul Terry, who before a short stint at Florala was the coach at Enterprise for just over a decade. The man, who then took over Wildcat football was none other than Wiregrass coaching legend, Bill Bacon. That is where the rivalry intensified.

Fast Forward, Patrick Plott is the coach at Carroll and Rick Darlington is leading Enterprise. Both were quick to jump on the idea of bringing this game back.

“Hopefully we can keep the rivalry going like it used to be and for years to come. Both schools are close together, we will get a big crowd and it should be a competitive game,” said Enterprise coach Rick Darlington.

It will be important for each team to not get caught up in the hype of the game. That should not be hard considering that the athletes playing were about two to five years old the last time Carroll and Enterprise faced off.

Nonetheless, Friday’s game is big for each side as a win this week can catapult momentum as they head down the back half of the season, which includes many key region games.

“This could be a big win for our program and to get our program headed in the right direction, especially with the home stretch of region games down toward the end of the season,” Carroll coach Patrick Plott said.

Plott’s Eagle team has won back to back games since dropping their first two games in year one under Plott.

“Right now, I think we are getting better. Hopefully each week we can continue to improve and we will see what happens down the stretch,” Plott said.

Then on the other sideline, Enterprise started the year out hot, winning their first three games and doing it with ease. Last week, the Wildcats suffered their first lost on the year in a tough road game against Central Phenix City but a win would be huge to bounce back with this week.

“It was a tough loss last week, we didn’t play well. But this is a great one for momentum, anytime you get on the field you want to win and that will be our intention Friday night,” Darlington said.

In the loss at Central Phenix City, the Wildcats still had guys putting up number. Senior do it all running back, Josh McCray, accumulated 395 all-purpose yards. He had 79 rush yards, 139 receiving yards and he even completed a pass for 31 yards. Then, he added 146 yards on the seven kick returns he fielded.

Expect that Wildcat offense to lean on him and quarterback Quentin Hayes Friday night.

Then for the Eagles, Brandon Robinson is the lead back and he has led the way for Carroll on offense. Coach Plott brings to the table a more upbeat and pass oriented scheme that has seen success and worked against Rehobeth, even in poor conditions.

Friday night’s rebirth of this game should present an interesting matchup between two teams looking to catch some steam as the year hits the back end.

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