Bears dust Devils

Juneau's size advantage outweights East Valley's speed

Posted: Sunday, September 06, 2009

Juneau-Douglas scored 29 second-quarter points en route to a 42-0 whitewashing of East Valley (Wash.) on Friday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

Klas Stolpe / Juneau Empire
Klas Stolpe / Juneau Empire

"The first quarter was a little shaky, and that comes from us not knowing much about them and this was their first game," interim head coach Rich Sjoroos said. "So it's a disadvantage for them, but it's also an advantage because anything they've got, we really haven't seen it. It took us a little bit to get our feet going, but once we did, the kids got into a groove."

The Crimson Bears may as well have pitched a tent in the East Valley backfield because the JDHS defensive line was camped out there all night. East Valley's speed was no match for the Bears' size advantage, and JDHS tallied eight sacks on the night.

"The guys really set the tone with some physical hits and had their quarterback running away," Sjoroos said. "Any time they did get something going, we negated it with a big defensive play and set those guys back."

Eric Sele sacked Jonathan Janis for an 11-yard loss on the Red Devils' first play from scrimmage, setting the tone early.

The Bears took over their own 17-yard line midway through the first quarter, and seven plays later, Matthew Maka busted up the middle and broke a few tackles before cutting right and racing 43 yards to the end zone for a 7-0 JDHS lead after a Chris Hoffman PAT.

Quarterback Phillip Fenumiai connected with Hoffman for a 58-yard completion over the middle of the field on the Bears' next drive, and four plays later, Fenumiai hit a wide-open Jack Perkins for a 6-yard scoring strike in the first minute of the second quarter.

On the Devils' ensuing drive, Vinh Le intercepted a Janis pass at the Bears' 39-yard line and returned it all the way to the Devils' 20. Fenumiai hit Chris Holloway with a beautiful pass for a second touchdown in as many minutes, and JDHS led 22-0 after a Justin Brooks 2-point conversion.

Maka struck again after a Devils punt, pulling out two straight spin moves and hitting the left sideline for a 63-yard touchdown run and a 29-0 JDHS lead with just more than six minutes to go in the first half.

The Devils were seemingly about to get on the board on their next possession, but Perkins recovered a fumble at the JDHS 8-yard line after the Devils had gotten all the way to the 2.

Fenumiai connected with Hoffman on a 45-yard pass before hitting a streaking Perkins on a 28-yard scoring strike on the very next play. JDHS went 93 yards in just four plays for a 36-0 lead heading into the break.

And the Bears didn't stop there. JDHS went 73 yards in just five plays to start the second half, with Fenumiai connecting with his cousin, Lawrence Fenumiai, on an 8-yard touchdown pass.

Maka had 137 yards on nine carries and two touchdowns, Perkins had two touchdown receptions, and Brooks added 139 yards on 11 carries.

Le had two interceptions, and Sele had three sacks.

One week after throwing just four passes for minus 1 yard, Fenumiai was excellent, going 7-for-11 for 175 yards and four touchdowns. Fenumiai connected on six straight passes at one point, and threw no interceptions before taking a seat early in the second half.

"It felt good (to air it out some), but our running game was just as effective," Phillip Fenumiai said. "I'm proud of Matthew and what he's done, and our offensive line has been spectacular this year. I owe them steaks for protecting me for the past few weeks."

How they scored

First Quarter

JDHS - Maka 43 run (Hoffman kick)

Second Quarter

JDHS - Perkins 6 pass from Fenumiai (Hoffman kick)

JDHS - Holloway 20 pass from Fenumiai (Brooks run)

JDHS - Maka 63 run (Hoffman kick)

JDHS - Perkins 28 pass from Fenumiai (Hoffman kick)

Third Quarter

JDHS - L.Fenumiai 8 pass from P.Fenumiai (kick failed)

Individual Statistics:

RUSHING-East Valley-Rangel 7-63, Curtsinger 10-23, Clayton 5-22, Cruse 3-4,

Janis 7-(minus 52). Juneau-Douglas-Brooks 11-139, Maka 9-137, Perkins 3-30,

Hoffman 3-20, Fafita 2-2.

PASSING-East Valley-Janis 6-19-2-94, Juneau-Douglas-P.Fenumiai 7-11-0 -175.

RECEIVING-East Valley-Cameron 4-59, Pecheos 1-25, Garcia-Stubbs 1-10.

Juneau-Douglas- Hoffman 2-113, Perkins 2-34, Holloway 1-20, L.Fenumiai 2-18.

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