Outlaws remain undefeated in league play

<p>Photo contributed by Karen DeAguero</p><p>Outlaw leading running back Marcus Lynn moves the ball forward against the Irrigon Knights during the EHS Homecoming game Friday, Oct. 7.</p>

The Enterprise Outlaw football team flexed its muscle against the visiting Irrigon Knights to remain undefeated in Blue Mountain Conference play. 

The Outlaws used the one-two running back punch of senior Marcus Lynn and junior Cody Duquette to KO the visiting Knights by a score of 53-12 Friday night, Oct 7.

This was the Outlaws' first home game of the season and the victory capped the weeklong EHS homecoming celebration.

Head Coach Mike Rowley passed praise all around as he summarized the effort.

"It was business as usual for the offensive line," Rowley said. "Even our running backs were amazed by our offensive line. They weren't even being touched until they were five yards downfield. After five yards it was up to the running backs and they ran hard and hit the holes hard all night."

The Outlaws (3-1, 3-0 Blue Mountain Conference) mounted a potent ground attack behind the strength of the offensive line, ending the game with a team total 408 yards rushing on 48 carries for an astounding 8.5-yard average per carry.

Lynn rushed for 148 yards on 16 carries for an average of 9.25 yards per touch, and Duquette added 102 on only four carries, averaging 25.5 yards per carry and breaking one big- time for a 57-yard touchdown. Duquette added 14 yards receiving with one reception.

With the running game eating up ground on nearly every play, the Outlaw passing game remained conservative with junior quarterback Jordan Wulff-Castilleja at the helm starting his second game of the year. Wulff-Castilleja completed four passes for 75 yards. Tristan Moorehouse was the top receiver with three catches, totaling 61 yards for the game.

Rowley's defensive squad mounted a stifling effort, allowing the Knights only two touchdowns for the game.

"We made a couple of adjustments to our defense based on Irrigon's offense and ran those sets at practice so we wouldn't be surprised," Rowley said. "Michael Baty was an animal. He went down on special teams and blew people up. It was a strong special team effort."

Baty at middle linebacker marked five tackles including three quarterback sacks, sophomore defensive end Damon Greenshields also had five tackles, and junior Joseph Harshman and senior Eric Roepke added four tackles each.

Up next for the Outlaws is another home game, Friday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. against Pilot Rock.

 

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