By Tony Tsoukalas / firstname.lastname@example.org
The Meridian Star
Union survived a late scare and snapped a three-game losing streak Friday night as the Yellowjackets held on to beat Enterprise 22-20.
Trailing 22-12 with less than five minutes to play, the Bulldogs marched down the field on eight plays capped off by a one-yard touchdown run from Johntay Horton. The junior fullback also ran in the two-point conversion as Enterprise trimmed the lead to just two points with 2:37 to play.
The Yellowjackets, however, recovered an onside kick and freshman quarterback Tradarius Harris found Jake Rawson for a first down on third-and-10 as Union ran out the clock for the win.
“I was proud we got out of here with a win,” Union head coach Brad Breland said. “This is always a tough place to play, and Enterprise fought hard tonight. I'm just glad to get out of here with a win and stay in the district race.”
After an interception by Jacob Cunningham on the game's first play from scrimmage, Enterprise got on the board first as freshman Landon Keely topped off a 49-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown run to put the Bulldogs up 6-0.
Union punted on its next possession, but an Enterprise fumble two plays later gave the Yellowjackets the ball on the Bulldog 15-yard line. Harris tied the game for Union three plays later as he ran in an eight-yard touchdown on third-and-three.
The back-and-forth battle continued as Enterprise answered right back on its next drive. After starting from their own 49-yard line, the Bulldogs continued to run wild. A 42-yard run by Horton set up a 10-yard touchdown run from junior Cade Gibson to put Enterprise back up 12-6.
The Yellowjackets began to click late in the second half. Harris led a six-play 89-yard drive for Union which he finished by sneaking in his second touchdown of the game. After a successful two-point conversion Union took a 14-12 lead into halftime.
“It was in the second quarter, our guys started playing harder,” Breland said. “I think finally in the second quarter they saw maybe what they can do if they play hard, and they carried that into the third quarter.”
Harris added his third touchdown in the third quarter as he finished the day with 25 carries for 121 yards on the ground.
“My line played well,” Harris said. “I ran well, but I couldn't have done it without my line.”
Senior James Huddleston also had a big night for the Yellowjackets, racking up 100 yards on just four carries. Enterprise was led by Horton and Gibson who both rushed for 100 yards apiece.
Union (4-3, 1-0) will host Clarkdale next week, while Enterprise (1-6, 0-1) hosts Newton.
“I'm tickled to get the win,” Breland said. “These last four games are for the district championship, and we are going to continue to try and get better every week.”