Two weeks ago, I was praising the Kanab Cowboy defense in their big win over Beaver, when they totally shut down the Beaver attack. I can’t say the same thing this week, after Enterprise completely dominated the outsized, undermanned Cowboy squad. This was as bad an effort as I’ve seen a Kanab football team play in a long time.

It didn’t help matters when senior quarterback Craig Brinkerhoff went down with a knee injury in their first offensive series. Kanab was down 7-0 at that point. The Cowboys were already without the services of running back and defensive back Justin Orton, who suffered a knee injury three weeks prior at North Sevier.

When a team is thin at numbers, with little depth, it really hurts to lose two of your best players.

Junior quarterback Slade Moyle led Enterprise’s spread offense, shredding the Cowboy defense for 196 yards passing, completing 13 of 17 passes and two touchdowns. He also ran for two scores. The Wolves had 82 yards on the ground.

Kanab managed only 125 yards of total offense, getting 55 through the air and 70 yards rushing. Fullback Dustin Reidhead led the Cowboys with  56 yards on 14 carries.

It took Enterprise only three plays to get on the scoreboard. Moyle hit Ryan Jones in stride on a 60 yard pass play one minute and 14 seconds into the contest.

Kanab picked up a first down, only to have it nullified on a penalty, forcing them to punt. It was in this series that Brinkerhoff was injured. 

A short punt had Enterprise set up on Kanab’s 45 yard line. This time it took them three and half minutes to score on a nine play drive. Ryan West ran it in from five yards out with 42 seconds left in the first period and the Wolves led 14-0.    

Junior Kade Quarnberg took over the quarterback reins after Brinkerhoff was injured. He was pressured by the blitzing Enterprise defense, getting sacked several times. Quarnberg threw a pass up for grabs and Enterprise’s Josh Pasini picked it off and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown. With 6:01 left in the second quarter, it was 21-0.

Coach Bucky Orton then gave freshman Brandon Jenson a chance at quarterback. On the first play, the exchange between Jenson and Reidhead was botched, and Enterprise recovered the fumble on their own 34. Kanab got the ball right back when Daniel Chamberlain recovered an Enterprise fumble on the very next play.

Jenson completed four passes in a row, two to tight end Rhees Jackson and two to Jordan Jones, the last one an 11 yard touchdown pass with 2:12 left until halftime. The first pass to Jones, good for 22 yards, converted a fourth and two from the Wolves 33 yard line.

The following kickoff was dubbed and Enterprise took over on their own 48. Three pass completions and a roughing the passer penalty on Kanab had the Wolves with a first and goal on the four yard line. It took Moyle two tries to score from there and Enterprise led 28-6 at the break. The game was over.

Enterprise added two more scores, within three minutes in the third quarter, to make the final 41-6.

Hopefully the team that played Beaver shows up at South Sevier this Friday night and not the one that played against Enterprise, or it’s going to be a long night.