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Wildcats break into win column, 58-18

By Ronny Samford
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The Mount Enterprise Wildcats have struggled early this season but found their offensive rythm last Friday when they improved their 2015 varsity football record to 1-2 by defeating the Union Grove Lions by a 58-18 score.
Senior Blake Parham made his presence known early when he recovered a Union Grove fumble at the Lion’s 19 yard line with 7:13 remaining in the opening quarter. A pass on the next play from Jase Jones to Christian Hammett advanced the ball to the Lion’s 3-yard line. Runningback Kavonski Thompson took a carry into the endzone on the next play to give Mount Enterprise a 6-0 advantage with 6:50 remaining in the opening frame. The extra point attempt failed.
The next Union Grove offensive drive met with a similar fate when they fumbled again at the MEHS 21-yard line with 6 minutes remaining. This proved costly as the Wildcats took off on a 79 yard scoring drive which began with an 11-yard gain by Hammett and ended with  a 16-yard touchdown pass to Parham on a deflected pass from Jones with 2:24 remaining in the first quarter. Another failed extra point attempt eventually saw Mount Enterprise carry a 12-0 advantage into the second quarter of play.
Parham got the home crowd on their feet as he returned a Lion’s kick 85 yards for his seond kick return for a score this season. After another failed extra point attempt, his gave Mt. Enterprise a 18-0 advantage to start the second period.
Union Grove’s next drive was short and resulted in a punt to Mount Enterprise’s own 21-yard line where they took over possession with 9:38 left in the first half.
Jones hit Hammett for a 38-yard strike which put MEHS in good field position at the Lion’s 38-yard line. Parham bounced outside for a run down to the Lion’s 17-yard line and Hammett carried it the remainder of the distance needed for a Wildcats score on the very next play. This put Mt. Enterprise up 26-0, with 7:50 left in the half, after Jones hit William Sanders for a catch resulting in the game’s first 2-point conversion of the night.
An interception by Jones with 4 minutes remaining put the Lions defense back on the field.
Jones hit Parham for a 65-yard strike which helped set Thompson up for a 5-yard touchdown run with 3:37 left in the first half. This gave the Wildcats a 32-0 lead which apparently woke up the Union Grove offense.
The Lion’s Austin Owens broke loose for two touchdowns, from 43-and 35-yards out during the next three minutes to bring Union Grove to within 32-12 at halftime.
The  Wildcats would ultimately hold on to their lead by outscoring the Lions 26-6 in the second half to take away the 58-18 win. Kavonski Thompson had 18 carries  totaling 166 yards and 3 touchdowns for the Wildcats.
Christian Hammett  had 5 carries for 44 yards  and a rushing score. He also had 3 catches  for 74 yards and a touchdown. 
Jase Jones ran 9 times for 67 yardsand a touchdown. He went 6-8 passing with 166 yards and 2 scores.
Blake Parham had 8 carries totaling 90 yards and a score. He had 2 catches for 89 yards and a touchdown, and he added a a 85-yard punt return for a score.
The Wildcats will next travel to Grapeland to face the Sandies on Friday, September 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Grapeland is 1-2 and last lost to the Lovelady Lions last Saturday by a 52-7 score.

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