The Juneau-Douglas High School football team knows they can win with senior quarterback Phillip Fenumiai at the helm. After Saturday’s 45-7 win over Thunder Mountain in the Glacier Bowl they now know they can win with Fenumiai cheering on the sidelines.
Fenumiai guided the Crimson Bears (1-0) for two quick scores in the first quarter, handing off to junior Demetrius Campos in the first series for a 35-yards for a touchdown. Campos had 13 carries in the game for 149-yards and a touchdown.
A broken extra point attempt resulted in JDHS senior Trevor Pfaff throwing the two-point conversion to senior Stefan Jones for an 8-0 lead.
The Falcons (0-1) went three-and-out on their next possession and Fenumiai pushed the ball right back to the goal, scrambling off tackle twice and scoring on a 15-yard run for a 14-0 advantage.
Fenumiai went down on the next defensive series, hyper extending his knee while playing safety and making a tackle.
The Crimson Bears have always known they would have sophomore junior varsity quarterback Dorian Isaak in the wings for special game situations, unfortunately he played the earlier JV game and would be unavailable until the second half.
Pfaff kept the ball in control for the offense and although his numbers were down (0-5 with three interceptions), his presence over center and the Crimson Bears defense prevented the Falcons from moving the ball.
Thunder Mountain kept the JDHS defense flustered and Chris Mack was the main reason. Mack picked off a pass in the first quarter and returned it 65-yards for a score at the 2:45 mark and Ben Jahn kicked the extra point. Mack was key for the Falcons’ defense in the game, picking off three passes and recovering a fumble.
Campos, however, answered back on the ensuing kickoff with an 81-yard scoring return. Campos also had a 28-yard reception.
“I just try not to get tackled,” Campos said. “I love to run.”
In the second half the Crimson Bears put Isaak in at quarterback.
Gary Speck gave him a cushion with an interception for a score.
“I have been saying all year that Gary Speck is a joy to coach,” JDHS coach Rich Sjoroos said. “He has had his ups and downs in his high school career and he is on the ups. He is humble and coachable and he wants to be on the field.”
Isaak then connected on his first varsity completion was a 69-yard touchdown to Brian Brassfield, the two-point conversion of Pfaff hitting Gary Speck gave the Crimson Bears a comfortable 37-7 lead.
“Pfaff has been a gamer for us,” Sjoroos said. “We really hadn’t gotten him any reps leading into this game because he has been playing so many other positions. He really did a nice job helping us weather the storm until we could get Dorian in. But really this was about the kids having some trust in somebody besides Phillip, and they started to do that.”
Isaak went 6-10 for 161 yards and one touchdown and two interceptions and one rushing score.
“Dorian is doing a great job,” Fenumiai commented after the game. “The work he has put in is paying off.”
How They Scored
JDHS - D. Campos 35 run (two-point conversion T. Pfaff to S. Jones) 8-0
Fenumiai 11 run (kick no good) 14-0
TMHS - C. Mack 65 interception return (B. Jahn kick good) 7-14
JDHS - D. Campos 81 kick return (B. Brassfield kick good) 21-7
JDHS - G. Speck 10 interception return (S. Jones pass from T. Pfaff) 29-7
JDHS - D. Isaak 69 pass to B. Brassfield (T. Pfaff to G. Speck conversion) 37-7
JDHS - D. Isaak 7 run (G. Sua run conversion) 45-7