On the Sidelines

Grand finale at Doc Harris

The final football game of the season at Doc Harris Stadium couldn’t have gone any better for Camas.

Several Papermakers contributed in this 55-6 smashing of Graham-Kapowsin, a team that scored 509 points coming into the Sweet 16.

Ryan Rushall caught two first down passes on the game’s opening drive for Camas. Quarterback Jack Colletto then found Cooper McNatt wide open in the end zone and completed a 5-yard touchdown pass. The Papermakers failed to get the extra point.

A gutsy play by Graham-Kapowsin on fourth down allowed the Eagles to continue their drive and score a touchdown. Isaiah Abdul blocked the extra-point kick for Camas to keep the score tied at 6-6.

What happened next was a crazy play that gave the Papermakers the lead for good. Drake Owen caught a short pass on third down and made a nice cut to get into the open field. A defender came up from behind and popped the ball out of Owen’s hands. Michael Matthews was quickly in pursuit of the ball as it bounced into the end zone. He dove on it and scored a touchdown.

Soon, it became clear that the Eagles had never faced a defense like this Mean Machine. David Aarhus, Tanner Howington, Dylan Ingram, Matthews and Marshall McIvor were relentless up front. Colletto and Luke Bruno intercepted passes in the backfield.

And the Camas offense just continued to roll. Christain Nghiem caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Colletto to give the Papermakers a 20-6 advantage before the end of the first quarter. Colletto then delivered a 32-yard touchdown run, a 32-yard interception return out the end zone and a 64-yard touchdown run.

Matthews sacked the quarterback to force Graham-Kapowsin to punt at the beginning of the third quarter. He then dove across the goal line on offense to complete a 4-yard touchdown run.

Bruno’s interception gave the Papermakers an opportunity to go up by 42 points. Elias Bashir broke free for a 34-yard touchdown run to jump start the running clock. Hunter Crandall ran in one more touchdown for Camas in the fourth quarter.

Camas (11-0) gets another crack at Skyline (11-0) in the state quarterfinals Nov. 19, in Samammish. The Spartans eliminated the Papermakers from the playoffs in 2015 and 2012.

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