Fenumiai leads Western Oregon over 6th-ranked North Alabama

October 10, 2015

phillip_fenumiai_footballIn search of a spark after falling behind nationally ranked North Alabama, the Western Oregon football team turned to Juneau’s Phillip Fenumiai at quarterback.

He came off the bench in the third quarter to revive the offense with a pair of touchdown drives in the fourth quarter to propel the Wolves to a 24-22 upset in Monmouth, Oregon.

“This win is probably the highlight of my career here,” he told me, “and this game ranks as one of the best I’ve ever played in.”

Fenumiai accounted for 117 yards of total offense and scored twice –a 13-yard run and the eventual game-winner on an 8-yard touchdown pass with 4:35 left in the game.

The Western Oregon defense did its part by denying a potential game-tying two-point conversion inside the final two minutes.

“It was a great team win,” Fenumiai said. “The defensive helped us out tremendously with five turnovers and we were fortunate enough to convert on some of them because of the great field position.”

The sophomore completed 5-of-8 passes for 57 yards. He also rushed the ball seven times for 60 yards, including a career-long 22-yard run.

“The running game was huge due to our blocking, not only coming from the hogs up front but the receivers did a tremendous job blocking downfield, which allowed some of the bigger runs to best open,” he said. “The passing game is credit to the receivers running great routes and catching the ball in pouring rain. I trust them that they will catch everything. So it makes it easier when you’re QB and have skill guys that can catch great as they do.”

Fenumiai, of Juneau-Douglas High fame, now has scored five career touchdowns – two rushing, two receiving, one passing.

His versatility is what sets him apart from most QBs. Being so young, though, he’s had to wait his turn to shine under center. He got his shot this afternoon and didn’t wilt under pressure.

“Coach had a great game plan every week,” he said. “All the quarterbacks are expected to be ready … I just was waiting for the opportunity to step on the field.”