Enterprise Football: More than 100 Years of Wildcat Pride

By: Taylor Tannebaum Email
By: Taylor Tannebaum Email

In 1913, Woodrow Wilson became the 28th U.S. President. Henry Ford developed the first moving assembly line. The Enterprise WIldcats fielded its first football team.

It's more than navy blue and white. More than just a game. It's more than 100 years of history and rich tradition.

"The kids grow up wanting to be apart of Enterprise football," says legendary head coach Bill Bacon. "They take pride in it. And their folks, the community, their mamas and dads really support. Well, they support all of our sports but football in particular."

"It's really a family affair. We have so many players here that have brothers, their cousins, their uncles, dads, grandfathers. It really does just roll through so many families," says head coach David Faulkner.

The Wildcats boast four former football coaches in the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame. Russell Taylor, Morris Higginbotham and Paul Terry.

The fourth is Bill Bacon.

Bacon is the winningest coach in Enterprise football history. He led the wildcats to state titles in 1979 and 1982.

"Well, it was a great experience because it was a great community. We had a great school, people, great support. And if you came to any of our games on Friday nights you came to a full stadium."

Bacon will never forget the state championship feeling.

"At the time it happened it was like you were in shock. You were just almost numb. Even the players. When you have something like that happen to you when you work so hard to achieve it takes you a little while to settle n and realize what you've accomplished."

An accomplishment Enterprise hasn't achieved in more than three decades. Bacon believes it's only a matter of time.

"Well I just enjoy watching them. I'm a spectator just like the rest of the fans and I certainly go watch them whenever I can. More than anything I'm a Wildcat through and through and I really enjoy pulling for the Cats."

"Like I said we have so many of our guys that their dads or uncles played for coach Bacon and the impact he's had on those people obviously had an impact on our players today and you still see coach Bacon's effect even today."

Once a Wildcat, always a Wildcat.

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