CAMAS — Reilly Hennessey is sure now.
“I wasn’t nervous, but I was curious about how we were going to do this year,” the Camas quarterback said Friday night after another Papermakers victory at Doc Harris Stadium. “A young team, playing together. We’ve responded really well to everything that’s been thrown our way. I couldn’t be more happy.”
Not just with the way he is playing, but for all the Papermakers.
Hennessey completed 20 of 26 passes for 301 yards and two touchdowns, the defense was dominating in the quarters that mattered, and there even was a special special teams play in Camas’ 45-14 victory over Auburn Mountainview.
All the big gains on offense, the stuffs on defense, and it’s quite possible the loudest cheer of the night came for Roldan Alcobendas. The Camas kicker drilled a 52-yard field goal in the second quarter, giving his team a 24-0 advantage.
“I actually didn’t see the kick,” Alcobenda said, adding that an Auburn Mountainview rusher tripped him up as soon as he kicked the ball. “I was on the ground. Once I heard the crowd, I said, ‘Yes! I made it.’ “
Everything went Camas’ way the first three quarters. Kind of like the first two games of the season. The Papermakers are 3-0 and have outscored their opponents 139-41.
“I guess I kind of undersell our team a little bit,” Camas coach Jon Eagle said. “Boy, we came out tonight, and we sure played.”
Linebacker Nick Gadbaw stopped the Auburn Mountainview running back for a 3-yard loss on the first play from scrimmage.
“It was just fun to come out strong and set the tone for the game for our defense,” Gadbaw said.
Zach Eagle had two first-quarter interceptions, setting up two touchdowns.
“It was good to see a passing team. It was a different look,” Eagle said. “They have a quarterback who can throw and they have some athletes. It was fun to play a team like that.”
Nate Beasley scored on a 13-yard run after just about everybody in the stadium, other than Beasley, thought he was going to be taken down on the 10-yard line. John Norcross got a TD on a direct snap to the fullback. And Vincente Huber used his speed to race for a 44-yard touchdown pass from Hennessey for a 21-0 lead after the first quarter.
Auburn Mountainview did get some offense going early in the second quarter. But that drive was stopped when Camas cornerback Connor Maloney made an open-field tackle for no gain on a fourth-down play.
“We knew they were going to run something. We were ready. I was just there to make the play,” he said.
It’s all part of the Papermakers attitude, Maloney said.
“Defense is something we’re really proud of at Camas,” he said. “We take it seriously. Every day in practice, we know we’re going to have a good defensive game. That’s the tradition at Camas. We like to carry on that tradition.”
Alcobendas made his bomb midway through the third quarter, and Hennessey found Jack Beall in the corner of the end zone for a 6-yard score with 2 minutes left in the half for the 31-0 advantage.
Hennessey opened the second half by going 4 for 4 for 78 yards on the first drive, which was capped by a Beasley touchdown run from three yards out.
Huber made it a running clock game with his 5-yard touchdown run with 6:28 left in the third quarter.
The Lions avoided the shutout with a 30-yard scoring pass from Domenic Rockey to Kekoa Nahaku in the fourth quarter. On Camas’ next possession, Auburn Mountainview’s Trevor Jensen picked up a fumble and returned it 68 yards for a score.
By then, this was another complete game for the Papermakers. Offense, Defense. Special teams.
And a 3-0 start to the season.
CAMAS 45, AUBURN MOUNTAINVIEW 14
Auburn Mv 0 0 0 14–14
Camas 21 10 14 0–45
Cam — Nate Beasley 13 run (Roldan Alcobendas kick)
Cam — John Norcross 1 run (Alcobendas kick)
Cam — Vincente Huber 44 pass from Reilly Hennessey (Alcobendas kick)
Cam — Alcobendas 52 FG
Cam — Jack Beall 6 pass from Hennessey (Alcobendas kick)
Cam — Beasley 3 run (Alcobendas kick)
Cam — Huber 5 run (Alcobendas kick)
AMv — Kekoa Nahaku 30 pass from Domenic Rockey (Joey Cassano kick)
AMv — Trevor Jensen 68 fumble return (Cassano kick)
RUSHING — Auburn Mountainview: Ray Hardaway 12-33, Domenic Rockey 3-(-3), Devin Bryant 1-0, Brice McCulloch 2-0, Andrew Korchemniy 2-9. Camas: Beasley 8-61, Norcross 1-1, Huber 5-29, Jason Vailea 3-18; Hennessey 2-(-3), Cole Zarcone 3-10, Bryan Kelly 3-18, Isiah Ephraim 3-(-3), Reid Conlee 4-22, Jake Peebles 1-(-1).
PASSING — Auburn Mountainview: Rockey 19-35-3-196. Camas: Hennessey 20-26-0-301, Peebles 2-2-0-11.
RECEIVING — Auburn Mountainview: Joey Cassano 5-38, J.J. Lacey 3-21, Bryant 2-17, Hardaway 1-18, Kekoa Nahaku 8-102. Camas: Connor Maloney 6-92; Beall 5-85; Zach Eagle 5-53, Huber 3-68, Beasley 1-3, James Price 1-7, Cameron Pierce 1-4.