Enterprise defeats Millard; Wolves off to best start in program history

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Enterprise defeats Millard; Wolves off to best start in program history

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Enterprise High School football defeats Millard High 40-7 Friday, Sept. 9, 2016.

Enterprise High School football defeats Millard High 40-7 Friday, Sept. 9, 2016.

The Enterprise football team made history Friday night in front of its home crowd at Ferrell Phelps Stadium.

Enterprise High School football defeats Millard High 40-7 Friday, Sept. 9, 2016.

Enterprise High School football defeats Millard High 40-7 Friday, Sept. 9, 2016.

Led by Caleb Koopmans’ three touchdowns, the Wolves crushed the visiting Millard Eagles 40-7 to remain perfect on the season.

With their 4-0 start, the Wolves set a program record for consecutive victories to start the season. That wasn’t the only notable accomplishment as Enterprise got the monkey off its back by defeating the Eagles, a team it has never beaten.

“What a way to start the season,” Enterprise head coach Andy Messersmith told his players after the game. “Nobody thought we would be here, but they are going to have to start believing in us now.”

Enterprise High School football defeats Millard High 40-7 Friday, Sept. 9, 2016.

Enterprise High School football defeats Millard High 40-7 Friday, Sept. 9, 2016.

The Wolves scored on its first possession of the game after converting on 4th-and-4 on the 40-yard line. Quarterback Jayson Holt then found John Oswald over the middle for a big gain. Oswald hung on despite getting hit immediately. A personal foul — helmet to helmet hit — gave the Wolves first and goal on the five-yard line. Running back Caleb Koopmans then finished off the drive off with a one-yard touchdown run to put Enterprise up 7-0.

Koopmans then followed it up with a 47-yard touchdown run on the Wolves’ next possession as he ran untouched down the left sideline for his second touchdown of the game.

The touchdowns didn’t stop there for Koopmans who followed it up with yet another one to complete the hat trick before the end of the first quarter. Case Jones set up the short touchdown run after recovering a fumble on a great punt by Jesus Morales.

Enterprise High School football defeats Millard High 40-7 Friday, Sept. 9, 2016.

Enterprise High School football defeats Millard High 40-7 Friday, Sept. 9, 2016.

Enterprise’s defense was tough all night as Millard didn’t get a first down until midway through the second quarter. After they did pick up one up, the Eagles subsequently fumbled the snap as Jaylon Gardner picked it up for Enterprise. One play later, running back Jon Oswald turned the turnover into points with a 5-yard TD run.

The Eagles fumbled the kickoff to set the Wolves up on the 25-yard line. A couple of plays later, Oswald picked up his second touchdown of the night as Holt found Oswald for a 25-yard touchdown.

Jesus Morales then added a 4-yard touchdown right before the half to give Enterprise a commanding 40-0 lead at the half.

“We really wanted this game,” said Koopmans. “We lost to them last year (13-12) and it feels good to get some revenge.”

Enterprise’s defense stopped Millard twice on fourth downs in the third quarter. Defensive tackle Trisdon Norton — who lived in the backfield all night — came up with a big sack for the Wolves to thwart any drive made by the Eagles.

Millard finally got on the scoreboard as quarterback Hayes Monroe found Tyson Aburto for an 8-yard TD catch with just under two minutes remaining in the game.

Enterprise hosts North Sevier for its homecoming game next Friday as the Wolves looking to keep the newly minted streak going.

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