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Union tops Camas to claim Class 4A GSHL title

Titans remain undefeated with fifth win by a touchdown or less

VANCOUVER — The Union Titans reign in the rain.

They reign in close games, too.

Oh, and they continue to reign in the Class 4A Greater St. Helens League.

Aidan Hoyt had two interceptions, including one in the end zone in the fourth quarter, and the Union defense did its job for most of the night in a 14-7 victory over the Camas Papermakers at McKenzie Stadium.

Union improved to 9-0 and finished the 4A GSHL season with a 4-0 mark.

Camas, 5-4, dropped to 3-1 in league play.

The Papermakers had the ball three times in the second half trailing by seven points but could not get the equalizer against the undefeated Titans.

Five of Union’s victories this season have come by a touchdown or less. Yes, the Titans are tested, too.

“It means everything for Union. It’s a great team win. It’s a great community win,” Union senior Alex Vallejo said. “School on Monday is going to be amazing. That’s what I’m excited for.”

Union running back Alex Vallejo (27) attempts to outrun a Camas defender during the Titans’ 14-7 win Friday at McKenzie Stadium. Photo by Mike Schultz
Union running back Alex Vallejo (27) attempts to outrun a Camas defender during the Titans’ 14-7 win Friday at McKenzie Stadium. Photo by Mike Schultz

Oh yes. This is not just a second consecutive league title to celebrate for the Titans, but a second win in a row over a respected rival.

“It’s such an honor to play against them,” Union running back Jojo Siofele said of the Papermakers. “I’m just so proud of my team for pulling that one out.”

Union running back Jojo Siofele (26) rushes around the end during Friday’s win over Camas at McKenzie Stadium. Siofele rushed for one of the Titans’ two touchdowns in the game. Photo by Mike Schultz
Union running back Jojo Siofele (26) rushes around the end during Friday’s win over Camas at McKenzie Stadium. Siofele rushed for one of the Titans’ two touchdowns in the game. Photo by Mike Schultz

“It’s always fun playing these guys,” Union quarterback Lincoln Victor said. “I actually prefer the score being like that instead of a blowout. It’s bragging rights for a year, and we’ve done it two years in a row.”

Union High School’s mascot entertains the Titans’ crowd during Union’s 14-7 win over Camas Friday at McKenzie Stadium. Photo by Mike Schultz
Union High School’s mascot entertains the Titans’ crowd during Union’s 14-7 win over Camas Friday at McKenzie Stadium. Photo by Mike Schultz

Back after missing the past two-and-a-half games due to injury, Victor set up Union’s first touchdown with 52 yards rushing on the team’s first series.

“It felt like something was missing out of my life when I was not playing,” Victor said.

Alishawuan Taylor scored for the Titans on that first drive for a 7-0 lead.

Union made it 14-0 on a 3-yard touchdown run by Siofele after the team’s second drive.

At that point, Camas had two drives for a total of eight plays for eight yards. Union had 26 plays for 163 yards.

But the Camas defense came alive, shutting out the Titans the rest of the way, keeping it close.

A fourth-down stop to start the second half ignited the Papermakers. Shane Jamison, who has moved from wide receiver to running back recently, scored on a 2-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter to make it a

Camas running back Shane Jamison (12) looks for yardage Friday at McKenzie Stadium. Jamison scored the Papermakers’ only touchdown in a 14-7 loss to Union. Photo by Mike Schultz
Camas running back Shane Jamison (12) looks for yardage Friday at McKenzie Stadium. Jamison scored the Papermakers’ only touchdown in a 14-7 loss to Union. Photo by Mike Schultz

seven point game. Jamison finished with a game-high 138 yards rushing.

 

The Camas defense would come up big again and again, but the Union defense would top it with bigger plays.

Hoyt had the interception of his life early in the fourth quarter, with his pick in the end zone.

“It was crazy, coming down to the wire. I knew it was coming to me,” Hoyt said. “I caught it and ran straight out of bounds. Couldn’t have done it without my teammates.”

Hoyt said he started the year as a third-stringer.

“I needed to work my butt off to get here,” Hoyt said. “This is just amazing.”

Union would kill five minutes of clock on the ensuring possession. Siofele ended up with 108 yards rushing, including a 19-yard gain on this drive. But the Titans missed a field goal, giving Camas one more shot.

Camas quarterback Jake Blair (3) has his eyes focused downfield as he rolls out for a pass attempt in the Papermakers’ loss to Union Friday at McKenzie Stadium. Photo by Mike Schultz
Camas quarterback Jake Blair (3) has his eyes focused downfield as he rolls out for a pass attempt in the Papermakers’ loss to Union Friday at McKenzie Stadium. Photo by Mike Schultz

The Papermakers converted one fourth down and eventually got to Union’s 37-yard line. The drive stalled, and back-to-back incomplete passes led to a loss of downs with 1:17 to play.

Victory Formation for the Union Titans.

“It’s a testament to all the work we put in this,” Victor said. “Our guys battled through adversity. They did a great job of not living in the dark moments, of wishing we had done this, or wishing we had done that. I’m proud of my boys.”

Playing through constant rain, the Titans managed 349 yards of offense. The Union defense held Camas, a team that scored 48 points last week, to 225 yards.

Camas was playing without injured quarterback Andrew Boyle. No matter who played, though, the Union defense was up for the challenge.

“We practiced so hard. We locked in, all days of the week,” Vallejo said. “We prepared. We knew they were going to try to do their stuff. We knew once we started doing our stuff, we could hold them to under two touchdowns.”

That is exactly what happened. That is how the Union Titans won their second consecutive league title.

Notes: Union will host a Week 10 state preliminary round football game next week. Camas goes on the road. Skyview, the No. 3 seed from the 4A GSHL, also will be on the road.

The winners of the Week 10 games advance to the state playoffs.


UNION 14, CAMAS 7

Camas 0 0 7 0 — 7

Union 7 7 0 0 — 14

First quarter

U — Alishawuan Taylor 1 run (Christian Alcorn kick)

Second quarter

U — Jojo Siofele 3 run (Alex Koga kick)

Third quarter

Cam — Shane Jamison 2 run (Bryce Leighton kick)


Individual statistics

RUSHING: Camas — Jamison 23-138, Jake Blair 3-(minus 4), Jacques Badaloto-Birdsell 12-24. Union — Siofele 20-108, Lincoln Victor 11-75, Nile Jones 10-37, Taylor 1-1, Isaiah Jones 1-13.

PASSING: Camas — Blair 3-12-2-67. Union — Victor 8-16-0-115.

RECEIVING: Camas — Joey Schnell 2-38, Luc Sturbelle 1-29. Union — Siofele 2-15, Alex Vallejo 4-63, Darien Chase 2-37.

RUSHING: Camas — Jamison 23-138, Jake Blair 3-(minus 4), Jacques Badaloto-Birdsell 12-24. Union — Siofele 20-108, Lincoln Victor 11-75, Nile Jones 10-37, Taylor 1-1, Isaiah Jones 1-13.

PASSING: Camas — Blair 3-12-2-67. Union — Victor 8-16-0-115.

RECEIVING: Camas — Joey Schnell 2-38, Luc Sturbelle 1-29. Union — Siofele 2-15, Alex Vallejo 4-63, Darien Chase 2-37.

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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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