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Countdown to kickoff: Previewing Enterprise football

Enterprise went 1-5 in the Covid-shortened spring season. Players say they know they're underdogs, but they're excited to prove people wrong.

Posted: Aug 11, 2021 6:44 PM
Updated: Aug 12, 2021 3:41 PM

REDDING, Calif. - Enterprise Football went 1-5 in the COVID-shortened spring season.

"I feel like we're the underdogs," Wide Receiver Jahari Johnson said. "Everybody's doubting us. But this year I feel like we're gonna come up."

Ask anyone on Enterprise football. They're feeling good about this season.

"I like the pieces that we have in place across all the positions that we have," Head Coach Chris Combs. "They have the opportunity to be good. It's up to them to see how hard they want to work and how tight they can make that bond with each other."

Some of those pieces aren't set in stone, like the quarterback position. Senior David Sheffer is one of the QBs fighting for the spot.

"I'm just taking it play by play," he said. "Just making sure I do my job and that coaches see that. If I can do that, I'll be just fine."

Sheffer is going up against DeMarreya Lewis-Cooper, who was a wide receiver last season.

"There two different types of quarterbacks," Coach Combs said. "One's more of a pocket passer. The other is more of a dual-threat, pass-run guy. We'll have different packages in for both of them. There may be some games where we're running a two quarterback system." 

"I definitely want to throw a lot of touchdowns," Sheffer said. "I don't have a specific number yet but as many touchdowns as I can."

The running back position is also up in the air. The Hornets graduated their top guy, Eli Cortinas. He rushed for nearly 600 yards.

"We might be a little more of a passing team than we have been in the past based on that," Coach Combs said.

Even with the position battles, one of Enterprise's biggest strengths is experience.

"We have about 15-18 guys that have varsity experience," Combs said. "There's two or three that are going on their third year of varsity experience."

"I feel like I've improved a lot in leadership," Johnson said. "Being with the guys, showing them how to do plays and formations. Especially being here three years. I feel like I know the ropes and I'm happy to show my teammates the ropes."

Enterprise has its eyes on the annual River Bowl. They hope to take back the title for the first time since 2014.

The Hornets kick off their season against Del Norte on Aug. 27. 

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