Camas turns on the jets for 85-38 win at Battle Ground

By Paul Danzer, Columbian community sports reporter

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BATTLE GROUND — Camas completed an undefeated regular season with another runaway win, but not without tasting some playoff intensity.

Battle Ground quarterback Colston Vukanovich threw six touchdown passes, and the Tigers hung with the Papermakers into the third quarter before Camas pulled away for an 85-38 win at District Stadium on Friday.

Nate Beasley rushed for five touchdowns, and Zach Eagle scored three touchdowns for Camas. Beasley scored three of his in the third quarter, including two in the first two minutes after halftime on drives of 49 and 46 yards that were exclusively Beasley running plays.

Those drives turned a 49-32 halftime lead into a more comfortable 63-32 edge for the Papermakers.

It was a good playoff preview, Beasley said.

“The first half was definitely a playoff environment,” Beasley said. “Our starters played through the third quarter, and that was kind of out of the ordinary.”

Vukanovich threw three touchdowns apiece to Parker Randle and Colby Cahoon, the shortest of those covering 11 yards. Battle Ground finished with more than 500 yards of offense in a game that was shortened by a running clock after Camas went ahead by 40 late in the third quarter.

“That’s as fine of a quarterback performance as I’ve seen a Clark County kid have in 30 years of coaching,” Camas coach Jon Eagle said of Vukanovich’s play. “And, their receivers also made some tremendous plays and catches.”

Zach Eagle scored his touchdowns before halftime, the first of the game on a 60-yard punt return. In the second quarter he turned short pass plays into scores covering 50 and 65 yards. Those explosive plays allowed Camas to stay a step or two in front of Battle Ground.

“There’s no question they exposed some things that we need to be better at,” Jon Eagle said.

“It definitely showed a weak point that we need to improve on,” said Beasley, who plays safety on defense. “We’ve known that once a team like this came through it was going to be a challenge for us to deal with the with deep passes and quick passes.”

CAMAS 85, BATTLE GROUND 38

Camas 28 21 29 7—85

Battle Ground 14 18 6 0—38

First quarter

Cam — Zach Eagle 60 punt return (Caleb Lightbourn kick)

BG — Parker Randle 24 pass from Colston Vukanovich (Hayden Humphrey kick)

Cam — Nate Beasley 11 run (Lightbourn kick)

Cam — Jorden Payne 18 pass from Reilly Hennessey (Lightbourn kick)

BG — Colby Cahoon 27 pass from Vukanovich (Humphrey kick)

Cam — Beasley 15 run (Lightbourn kick)

Second quarter

Cam — Eagle 50 pass from Hennessey (Lightbourn kick)

BG — Randle 25 pass from Vukanovich (kick blocked)

BG — Cahoon 11 pass from Vukanovich (kick blocked)

Cam — Eagle 65 pass from Hennessey (Lightbourn kick)

BG — Randle 19 pass from Vukanovich (run failed)

Cam — Jason Vailea 1 run (Lightbourn kick)

Third quarter

Cam — Beasley 15 run (Lightbourn kick)

Cam — Beasley 1 run (Lightbourn kick)

BG — Cahoon 24 pass from Vukanovich (run failed)

Cam — Cole Zarcone 15 run (Lightbourn kick)

Cam — Beasley 8 run (Hennessey run)

Fourth quarter

Cam — Brian Kelley 30 run (Michael Boyle kick)

Individual statistics

RUSHING — Camas: Nate Beasley 14-133, Cole Zarcone 9-116, Hennessey 5-35, Jason Vailea 1-1, Brian Kelly 9-80. Battle Ground: Vukanovich 20-56, Smalley 3-16, Fry Jonsson-Cook 1-(minus 2), Humphrey 1-(minus 6)

PASSING — Camas: Hennessey 14-19-0-334. Battle Ground: Vukanovich 32-56-1-448

RECEIVING — Camas: James Price 2-27, Zach Eagle 8-236, Jorden Payne 2-34, Dylan White 1-9, Slav Mikhalets 1-28. Battle Ground: Parker Randle 6-94, Hayden Humphrey 10-105, Justin Smalley 4-44, Colby Cahoon 8-169, Chris Waters 1-7, Winston Matz 1-7, Kaiden Grotte 1-17, Jeremiah Terwilleger 1-5.