Chuck Corak called his troops the "walking wounded."
Even though a flu bug ravaged Enterprise High School's football team - forcing eight players to stay home Oct. 16, while six started the game at Elgin with illness - the Outlaws battled the Huskies and lost a 14-6 decision.
"I am very proud of our kids," Corak said. "I really thought about forfeiting but decided to give the effort."
The setback dropped the Outlaws' record to 4-2 overall, while their mark in the Blue Mountain Conference evened at 2-2.
In addition to illness, Enterprise also lost junior Kyle Stangel, its starting quarterback, to an injury in the second quarter. He had thrown three passes for short gains, amounting to nine yards, out of five attempts. Junior J.R. Masters filled in. His second pass hit sophomore running back Marcus Lynn for 13 yards. But his only other completion was a seven yarder to junior Chaunce Galletly in the last quarter.
Next, Enterprise will host Weston-McEwen on Oct. 23.