Winter sports supportive but suffering from Enterprise football run

Enterprise football players off the court and mat during playoffs

REDDING, Calif. - The Enterprise Hornets are keeping the pigskin flying through December.

It is a very unique run at history. Football head coach Darren Trueblood said they have never played this late into the calendar year.

It is great news for them, but not so spectacular for others. Things would be much simpler if they had a way to clone their players.

Many of the Hornets' football team members are multi-sport athletes.

"Other sports are having to sacrifice," said Trueblood. "Our wrestling program, we've got some guys that are pretty good wrestlers. Our soccer program, as well. So everybody's kind of bought in. There's a lot of excitement on campus with the student body as well as the faculty and everybody's behind these young men."

That has created a bit of a problem for their respective teams. The fall sport of football is bleeding into the winter sports and the rosters are suffering.

For the Enterprise High School basketball team, they are without seven of their top eight players. Guys like Isaiah Matthews and Brandon Evers are still playing football, and the basketball team is waiting for two transfer students to become eligible.

"It's frustrating for us because we know the kids that we have, when we get them, what it'll be like," said basketball head coach Mike Haworth. "It's a great opportunity for our football team. We're totally behind those kids, and it's a great opportunity for the kids that we have now. Some of these kids may work themselves into that rotation and this is a time where they have to prove to us they can do it."

The squad has managed a few wins this year (3-4 overall), but it has been difficult with almost half their team still wearing cleats instead of sneakers.

"Just [Tuesday] night against Pleasant Valley at about the end of the third quarter we're all feeling a little bit tired," said leading scorer Kaelan Crisosto. "It's tough to finish games when you've only got eight guys. Everyone's playing the whole game."

Although, it helps that they still have a four-year varsity starter on the roster like Crisosto.

He is the reigning CIF Northern Section Most Valuable Player after averaging 16.9 points per game in 2012.

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