Camas waits for final seconds to extend win streak

Paul Valencia, Reporter
Paul Valencia, Reporter

CAMAS — The Camas Papermakers never stopped believing. Well, not until after they completed a remarkable comeback in the final two minutes to stun their guests from Idaho.

“It’s surreal right now. I can’t even believe that just happened,” Camas quarterback Kyle Allen said.

Oh it happened.

And the streak was saved.

Camas scored two touchdowns — Allen to Drake Owen for both scores — in the final 64 seconds, beating Coeur d’Alene 28-25 for the program’s 54th consecutive win in the regular season.

With 2:30 left, it sure looked like that streak was going to end at 53.

Camas quarterback Kyle Allen (14) engineered a game-winning drive in the final minute of Friday’s game. Allen hit teammate Drake Owen with the game-winning touchdown with 20 seconds left to play to give the Papermakers a 28-25 victory over Coeur d’Alene. Photo by Mike Schultz
Camas quarterback Kyle Allen (14) engineered a game-winning drive in the final minute of Friday’s game. Allen hit teammate Drake Owen with the game-winning touchdown with 20 seconds left to play to give the Papermakers a 28-25 victory over Coeur d’Alene. Photo by Mike Schultz

“Our coaches believe, and that definitely made it easier for us to believe,” Allen said. “The ball bounced our way. It was good to be in that situation to win the game, to have a chance.”

Allen found Owen on a fourth-down, 4-yard touchdown pass with 20 seconds left to give Camas the lead.

That, in retrospect, might have been the easy part.

Camas had to stop a fourth-down play on the other end of the field, trailing 25-14 inside three minutes. The Papermakers got the ball at their own 3-yard line, then went 97 yards in 1 minute, 17 seconds to make it a five-point game (at 25-20) with 1:04 remaining. Owen made an amazing catch, keeping his feet in play as he fell out of bounds.

Owen, back in uniform after missing the past two games, was just getting started.

He recovered the onside kick, putting in motion the most thrilling finish of all those 54 wins.

“That’s when I knew we had a shot,” Allen said. “That’s when we knew we were going to do it. We had hope. We had the momentum. Our O-line was light’s out. It was just an awesome feeling.”

A 10-yard pass to Ja’Michael Shelton got Camas moving in the right direction. Then a 19-yard pass to Isaiah Abdul, plus a penalty on the Vikings. A moment later, another penalty moved the ball to the 5-yard line. After a 1-yard run and a timeout, the Papermakers had two more plays to score. Incomplete pass, then fourth down.

“Crazy. Can’t describe the feeling,” Owen said. “I’m glad our preparation came through for us.”

Camas senior Ryan Rushall missed the last nine minutes after suffering an injury. But he was on the sideline for an incredible view. As a senior leader, he knew he could not get down, even when things looked down.

“As long as we had time, we had hope,” Rushall said. “We were quiet on the sidelines. We realized being quiet wasn’t going to help us win. “We knew we weren’t done yet.”

Camas senior Drake Owen (21) races up the field with the football on a kickoff return during the Papermakers’ Friday non-league game against Coeur d’Alene at Doc Harris Stadium. Owen would later catch the game-winning touchdown to give Camas its 54th straight regular season victory. Photo by Mike Schultz
Camas senior Drake Owen (21) races up the field with the football on a kickoff return during the Papermakers’ Friday non-league game against Coeur d’Alene at Doc Harris Stadium. Owen would later catch the game-winning touchdown to give Camas its 54th straight regular season victory. Photo by Mike Schultz

Camas coach Jon Eagle had a big smile after this one.

“I’m just so proud of the players. At no point did I see anyone anywhere think the game was over,” he said. “Good teams execute when they need to.”

“I was proud of the way they battled,” Coeur d’Alene coach Shawn Amos said of his Vikings. “We had our opportunities to win the game. (Camas) just made the last play.”

Coeur d’Alene took a 25-14 lead with 9:30 left in the game when quarterback Colson Yankoff, who expects to sign with the University of Washington, broke free for a 65-yard touchdown run. The Vikings tried to put the game away inside three minutes, but they fumbled the ball on a fourth-down play in the red zone. Camas recovered at its 3-yard line, still trailing but with a little life.

“We never lost hope,” Owen said. “You always gotta keep trying. Something will work eventually.”

Coeur d’Alene did little with the ball in its final three desperation plays. The Camas crowd rushed the field, celebrating not only the streak, but how the streak continued. The Papermakers have not lost in the regular season since 2011, and that now includes two wins over one of the best programs in Idaho.

The Camas Papermakers had their first home game of the 2017 high school football season Friday at Doc Harris Stadium. Every Camas home game is an event all by itself. Photo by Mike Schultz
The Camas Papermakers had their first home game of the 2017 high school football season Friday at Doc Harris Stadium. Every Camas home game is an event all by itself. Photo by Mike Schultz

Yankoff threw for 251 yards and one TD, and he rushed for 182 yards and a score. Shilo Morgon rushed for 120 yards and a score for the Vikings.

Allen threw for 235 yards and three touchdowns to lead Camas. Will Schultz had 132 yards rushing and a touchdown for the Papermakers.

Morgon gave Coeur d’Alene the lead in the first quarter on a 13-yard touchdown run.

Camas took the lead at the half on a 13-play, 86-yard drive. Ja’Michael Shelton caught a 10-yard pass from Allen.

Camas coach Jon Eagle and Semisi Schultz (44) congratulate Will Schultz (37) as he comes off the field after scoring a second half touchdown in Friday’s win over Coeur d’Alene at Doc Harris Stadium. Photo by Mike Schultz
Camas coach Jon Eagle and Semisi Schultz (44) congratulate Will Schultz (37) as he comes off the field after scoring a second half touchdown in Friday’s win over Coeur d’Alene at Doc Harris Stadium. Photo by Mike Schultz

It took just three plays in the second half for the Vikings to regain the lead. Yankoff found Kyler Prendergast, who ran most of the 57-yard touchdown play and a 12-7 lead.

Caleb Beggerly made it 19-7 when he got out of a jam and ran for a 38-yard score late in the third quarter.

Camas would get three fourth-quarter touchdowns, though, to continue its streak.


CAMAS 28, COEUR d’ALENE 25

Cd’A 6 0 13 6 — 25

Camas 0 7 0 21 — 28

First quarter

Cd’A – Shilo Morgon 13 run (run failed)

Second quarter

Cam – Ja’Michael Shelton 10 pass from Kyle Allen (Andrew Boyle kick)

Third quarter

Cd’A – Kyler Prendergast 57 pass from Colson Yankoff (run failed)

Cd’A – Caleb Beggerly 38 run (Seth Harrison kick)

Fourth quarter

Cam – Will Schultz 35 run (Boyle kick)

Cd’A – Yankoff 65 run (run failed)

Cam – Drake Owen 13 pass from Allen (pass failed)

Cam – Owen 4 pass from Allen (Owen from Allen)

Individual statistics

RUSHING: Coeur d’Alene: Morgon 16-120, Cole Yankoff 17-182, Caleb Beggerly 6-57. Camas: Will Schultz 13-132, Semisi Schultz 6-35, Allen 4-(minus 14), Team 1-(minus 9).

PASSING: Coeur d’Alene: Yankoff 21-34-2-251. Camas: Allen 25-43-2-235.

RECEIVING: Coeur d’Alene: Cole Ramseyer 2-8, Derek Gove 4-27, Kyler Prendergast 5-153, Beggerly 3-38, Ross Chadderdon 3-16, Ryan Linehan 1-7, Morgon 1- (minus 1), Sam Matheson 2-3. Camas: Shelton 7-93, W. Schultz 1-(minus 3), Ryan Rushall 5-30, Luc Sturbelle 1-5, Drake Owen 8-68, Shane Jamison 1-11, Isaiah Abdul 2-31.


This week’s scores

Team Score Team Score
Camas  28 Coeur d’Alene 25
Skyview 49 Mountain View 22
Prairie  21 Battle Ground 20
Redmond  38 Heritage  20
Union  33 Tumwater  29
Evergreen  9 Black Hills 6
Hudson’s Bay 16 Woodland  15
Benson (Ore.)  18 Fort Vancouver 0
Hockinson  42 Ridgefield  15
Washougal  20 Mark Morris 14
Columbia River 25 R.A. Long 13
Kalama  44 King’s Way Christian 7
Seton Catholic 36 Elma  28
La Center 30 Hoquiam  19
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About The Author

Paul Valencia joins ClarkCountyToday.com after more than two decades of newspaper experience. He became the face of high school sports coverage in Clark County during his 17 years at The Columbian. Before moving to Vancouver, Paul worked at Oregon daily newspapers in Pendleton, Roseburg, and Salem. A graduate of David Douglas High School in Portland, Paul enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving three years as a soldier/journalist. He and his wife Jenny recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. They have a son who has a passion for karate and Minecraft. Paul’s hobbies include: Watching the Raiders play football, reading about the Raiders playing football, and waiting to watch and read about the Raiders playing football.

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