The Northern Eastern League started with a great win for the Enterprise Hornets over the Foothill Cougars 7-6 at the Cougars' home.
QB Alex Henderson (# 18 - Sr) led Enterprise High School (Hornets) to a well-deserved win in their first league game against Foothill High School (Cougars). Both teams came in with a 5-0 pre-season record; however, the Hornets had a tougher schedule during the pre-season including two teams from the Sacramento area -Del Campo and Antelope (road games). The Hornets and the Cougars defenses were exceptional on their performances on Friday Night, however, the Hornets did what they needed to do to come up with the win.
During the first half, Cougars QB Tucker Wilson (#11-Sr) connected with Cooper Janusevskis (#80-Jr) for a 61 yard TD and that was it for the Cougars offense. On this, Wilson and Janusevskis showed the quality players that they are. The Hornets Coaching staff led by Head Coach Darren Trueblood made the necessary arrangements and that particular Cougars' play did not produce any more points, but it did produce a crucial interception. It seems that the Cougars sideline kept calling on that play as well as runs up the middle which did not produce anymore points - including a first and goal on the Hornets two yard line with three consecutive runs up the middle. What was behind the thinking is for the Cougars' Coach Bryon Hamilton to answer.
On the second half, QB Alex Henderson and Sen Saelee (#4-Sr) connected for a TD on 4th down to give the Hornets their first and last TD of the night - It was a spectacular play. This TD gave the Hornets enough to get a "W" and that was thanks to the Hornets defense including players such as Brad Woods (#20-Jr), Jaycob Fuega (# 7-Sr), Kodiak O' Ravez (#2-Sr) Alex Henderson and many others.
One of the lines I heard after the game, was that the Cougars had too many turnovers or made too many mistakes, what it failed to mention is that those turnovers (three or four) or so called mistakes were a direct result of great defensive plays. The Cougar players played hard and with pride, they did what they were asked to do, but the play calling could not overcome the Hornets defense.
A well deserve win for Enterprise HS in Redding. The Hornets did not show any signs of desperation during the whole game, and they stayed with their game plan with maturity and conviction. The Hornets players and the coaching staff traveled to Palo Cedro and completely neutralized the Cougars offense after the Cougars' TD, this is not an easy task, since Foothill High School has one of the biggest pool of players in the area, with highly talented players such as Tucker Wilson, Davis Kepon (#5-Jr), Blake Burnett (#10-So), Addison Gillam (#47-Sr), John Choate (#87-Sr) and many others.
On another Eastern League game, Shasta High School (Wolves) beat Pleasant Valley (Vikings) 42- 14. The remaining team on this league, Chico (Panthers) had a bye. Current Section Champions; Paradise High School (Bobcats) won their league game and they improved their record to 6-0 overall.