Josh Leadon had an 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and added a 51-yard pass to set up another score as Mount Enterprise beat cross-county rival Overton 44-18 at John Webb Stadium at the A.W. Phillips Athletic Complex Friday.
Leadon finished with 96 yards rushing. He also connected with Zach Pollett on a 51-yard pass-and-catch that set up another touchdown. Aaron Tucker added a fumble recovery while Blake Chapman chipped in a touchdown for the Wildcats, who have scored 130 points during their 3-0 start.
“We played really well tonight and I’m proud of the kids,” said Mount Enterprise first-year head coach Scott Holzhauer. “They did a great job on both sides of the ball and I think it’s the result of a good week of practice.”
Mount Enterprise played the game without starting quarterback Zach Moore, who injured his knee in last week’s win over Cayuga.
Wildcats running back Hunter Ammons rushed for a game-high 131 yards on 13 carries. He also scored three touchdowns and has run for 523 yards through Mount Enterprise’s first three games.
Sophomore fullback Jamal Kelly had 127 yards on 16 carries for the Mustangs, who were outscored 28-6 over the middle two quarters.
“We just beat ourselves,” said OHS head coach/athletic director Arthur “Bo” Talkington. “That’s not to take anything away from Mount Enterprise, they played an excellent game, but we didn’t do what we had to do to put ourselves in a position to win […] too many times we gave them opportunities to score and they took advantage of them.”
Ammons’ first touchdown run, a 4-yarder, got Mount Enterprise on the board with 5:03 to go in the opening quarter. Ammons also ran in the 2-point conversionto make it 8-0.
A.J. McCasland gave the Mustangs their only lead of the night with a 4-yard touchdown run with 8:31 to go in the second quarter. The conversion pass failed and Overton led 12-8.
“We had opportunities of our own,” said Talkington. “We just didn’t follow through.”
But Ammons put Mount Enterprise back ahead with a 3-yard touchdown run with 4:51 to go before the half and the Wildcats led 14-12 after the conversion run failed.
Wildcats defensive lineman Aaron Tucker added to the lead when he picked up a fumble and returned it 40 yards for a touchdown and a 20-12 lead after the conversion failed. That score came with 3:04 to go in the half and Mount Enterprise maintained its eight-point lead into the break.
It took Mount Enterprise 14 seconds to add to their lead in the third as Leadon returned the kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown and Ammons tacked on the conversion for a 28-12 lead.
Blake Chapman’s 26-yard touchdown run with 4:17 to go in the third made it 36-12 after Leadon ran in the conversion and Ammons put up the Wildcats final points with a 74-yard touchdown run with 11:43 to go in the game. Anthony Frazier added the conversion to make it 44-12. McCasland connected with Tim Hawkins for a 10-yard touchdown pass for Overton’s final score with 3:21 to go in the game.
Hawkins ran for 80 yards in addition to his touchdown grab. Harris finished with 55 yards rushing on just two carries.
“Overton did a good job, but I think we just wore them down,” Holzhauer said. “We didn’t change anything (at the half), we just came out and played like we usually do.”
Mount Enterprise hosts Timpson Friday while Overton (1-2) welcomes Cushing the same night for their homecoming game.