FENWICK LEADS LA GRANDE TO 47-8 ROMP

September 29, 2001 12:00 am

By The Observer

BOARDMAN Casey Fenwick revived La Grandes running game by pounding out 202 yards and three touchdowns Friday.

La Grande improved to 2-0 in the Greater Oregon League with a 47-8 rout over Riversides football team. It marked the Tigers second straight league road win.

It was La Grandes punishing ground game, which racked up 352 yards on 54 carries, that paved the way for the dominating effort. John Henderson ran for 51 yards and Jacob Simonis had 37 yards.

We definitely had a good performance from our offensive line, and our running backs ran hard, too, La Grande coach Randy Waite said.

Fenwick opened the scoring with a 6-yard run in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Henderson added a 8-yard touchdown run and Greg Moulton caught a 3-yard pass from Kyle Bomberger for a 19-0 halftime lead.

La Grande (3-1 overall, 2-0 league) increased its advantage to 32-0 heading into the fourth quarter behind a Fenwick 12-yard run and a Simonis 4-yard plunge.

Fenwick completed his stellar performance, which included catching three passes for a team-high 73 yards, with an 8-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter.

Travis Carson capped the contest with a 12-yard touchdown run.

Defensively, La Grande had an easy time stopping Riversides speedy backfield.

Their running backs are really quick, but we held them, Waite said.

Joe Reese was Riversides leading ground gainer with 11 yards on 11 carries. The Pirates were held to 24 yards rushing.

Both teams saw success through the air. Bomberger led La Grande, completing 9 of 15 passes for 122 yards. Tyson Stebbins caught three passes for 37 yards and Adam Kleck added three catches for 24.

Riversides Brandon Beatty passed for 108 yards on 7 of 13 completions. Andrew Stone had four of those receptions for 78 yards.

Next Friday, La Grande will host Baker.

Well definitely have to play well at home, Waite said. Now we have to focus on Baker.

La Grande 7 12 13 15 47

Riverside 0 0 0 8 8

LG Casey Fenwick 6 run (Jacob Simonis kick)

LG John Henderson 8 run (kick failed)

LG Greg Moulton 3 pass from Kyle Bomberger (run failed)

LG Fenwick 12 run (kick failed)

LG Simonis 4 run (Christopher Mundt kick)

R Joe Reese 4 run (Reese run)

LG Fenwick 8 run (Mundt kick)

LG Travis Carson 12 run (Carson run)

Individual statistics

RUSHING La Grande, Fenwick 23 202, Henderson 10-51, Simonis 6-37, Bomberger 5-27, Wagner 4-17, Carson 5-12, McKinney 1-6. Riverside, Reese 11-11, Turner 1-9, Bratton 1-6, Hughes 3-5, Hanley 1-5, Beatty 9-(minus 12).

PASSING La Grande, Bomberger 9-14-1-122, Wagner 1-1-0-4. Riverside, Beatty 7-13-0-108.

RECEIVING La Grande, Fenwick 3-73, Stebbins 3-37, Kleck 3-24, Henderson 1-4, Moulton 1-3. Riverside, Stone 4-78, Hall 2-12, Richards 1-18.