The Enterprise Outlaws churned out the first victory of the season Friday, winning 26-0 at Irrigon.
"By God, we finally got one," said Enterprise Coach J.D. Nobles. "... Maybe we got the monkey off our back and the boys know what it's like to win."
After a few nagging penalties in the first quarter, the Outlaws got their running game working, eventually wracking up 235 yards rushing. Quarterback Nathan DeSpain was 4-10 in passing with 98 yards.
Tailback Bret McCleary led all rushers with 129 yards on 11 caries.
The Outlaw defense held Irrigon to just minus one yard rushing and minus one yard in passing. "The defense was just playing tremendous," Nobles said.
Irrigon tried to do a lot of end-around sweeps, but defensive ends Matt Fisher and Mychal Butterfield were successful in turning the runs inside where the defensive lineman stuffed it up, Nobles said. The stingy defensive line "plugged the middle up something fierce," he said.
The one blemish Nobles saw on their performance was penalties.
The Outlaws were set back 90 yards through penalties, including some long runs that were called back, he said.
The Outlaws broke open the scoring in the first quarter on a 20-yard touchdown run by Cody Meyers. Fullback Jacob Girtz scored on the two-point conversion on a run.
That quarter, the Outlaws rushed for 107 yards and passed for 47 yards while holding Irrigon to minus eight yards rushing and zero passing yards.
In the second quarter the Outlaws rushed for 51 yards and held Irrigon to minus 23 yards rushing.
Defensive end Mychal Butterfield made a tackle in the end zone for a safety, earning another two-points for the Outlaws.
Fullback Marcus Anderson scored a touchdown on a 10-yard run and Bret McCleary scored on a two-point conversion attempt.
DeSpain scored from three yards out on a run. Anderson added the two-point conversion on a run.
The Outlaws rushed for 72 yards in the third quarter and rushed for 11 yards while holding Irrigon to minus four yards.
The only quarter Irrigon rushed for positive yards was the fourth quarter, when they rushed for 34 yards and minus one yards in passing.
Nobles credited the offensive line with excellent blocking that created the holes that helped the offense to march down the field.
Aside from McCleary's 129 yards, Marcus Anderson had three carries for 18 yards. Meyers had nine carries for 65 yards, while Girtz, a freshman, had six carries for 17 yards. DeSpain rushed for 11 yards on three carries.
Butterfield had two catches for 47 yards. Tight end Chad Conrad had one catch for 11 yards. Wide receiver Kyle Stewart had one catch for 40 yards.