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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Juneau freshman QB proves ready for job

47-0: Fenumiai throws 3 TDS in his 2nd game for Crimson Bears.

WASILLA -- Phillip Fenumiai is listed as a freshman, but the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bear let the pigskin fly like a savvy veteran Friday night.

The 6-foot-2, 240-pound quarterback threw three touchdown passes and racked up 208 yards in his second game under center to help Juneau throttle Wasilla 47-0 on a soggy Friday night at Veterans Memorial Field.

"He's amazing," said Juneau senior Jack Perkins, who caught two Fenumiai touchdown passes and rushed for another. "There's nobody else like him."

At least not this season. Two seasons ago Juneau had a player by the name of Bubba Larson. He was a first-year quarterback who helped Juneau capture the 2007 ASAA large-school state championship.

Though Fenumiai was only a seventh grader at the time, he remembers Larson.

"That was his first year ever playing football," Fenumiai recalled.

This year isn't Fenumiai's first season on the gridiron. Until this season, his played defense and spent some time at tight end.

But when Juneau offensive coordinator Rich Sjoroos needed a leader at quarterback, Fenumiai volunteered to compete for the spot with kicker/quarterback Chris Hoffman.

"My dad thought I could do it, so I tried out and got the job," Fenumiai said.

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