Camas is lights out in rout of Skyview

Kiggins Bowl feels a bit like Georgia as Papermakers romp

By Paul Valencia, Columbian High School Sports Reporter



That’s the night that the lights went out at Kiggins.

That’s the night Camas hung a 47 on the Storm.

Don’t trust your soul to no backwoods lighting system.

Cause the home team did not want to see this anymore.

Apologies to Vicki Lawrence, Reba McEntire and that whole lights going out in Georgia song, but this was one bizarre Friday night at Kiggins Bowl.

The Camas Papermakers put up 47 points in the first half, and the game was played under running clock rules in the second half of a 47-12 victory over the Skyview Storm in the opener of Class 4A Greater St. Helens League play.

The clock did stop, though, for about 15 minutes when the lights went out.

“It gave me a heart attack,” said Camas sophomore Jared Bentley, who was returning a punt and was almost at full speed with it got real dark.

“I just dropped to the ground. I didn’t know what to do,” Bentley said. “I thought something weird was going on. I thought a sniper was out to get me.”

Made for another memory for Camas (5-0, 1-0 GSHL) this season.

After all, the Papermakers don’t have any drama with the scoreboard. Camas has led by at least 40 points in all five wins this season.

Jorden Payne scored on offense and then on defense in a three-minute stretch of the first quarter. Cole Zarcone scored on offense and used his head to score on special teams, too. And the Papermakers put up 295 yards of offense in the first half.

“It’s amazing to come up here and do what we did,” center Payton Rusu said. “It’s amazing to be with all my brothers out here, to play a great game like this. I gotta give love to all my O-linemen.”

Jason Vailea scored on a 1-yard plunge as Camas scored on its opening drive. Then it was time for Skyview to suffer some serious Payne.

Quarterback Reilly Hennessey found Payne on a 6-yard TD pass to make it 14-0. Three minutes later, Payne stepped in front of a Skyview pass, picked it off and ran 55 yards for the touchdown.

“That’s my first pick of the season,” Payne said. “First pick and take it back to the house. Definitely good way to start things off.”

A minute later, Zarcone blocked a Skyview punt. The ball sailed high and true, splitting the uprights for a field goal, er, — sorry — a safety to make it 23-0.

“It hit me in the helmet,” Zarcone said. “That’s why it went so high. It was kind of funny.”

Earlier in the day, Zarcone made a prediction.

“I told Reilly, ‘Bro, I’m going to get it today.’ I was feeling this one,” Zarcone said.

The Papermakers have been coached to focus on each opponent, not look ahead to any other game. And to remain focused during the game, even when things appear to be coming so easy.

It was 23-0 after the first quarter, and then Camas put up 24 more in the second.

“We try not to get big heads about it,” Payne said.

“We can’t let up,” Rusu said. “We had to keep going.”

Zarcone scored on an 18-yard touchdown run, Brad Hansen recovered a fumble and returned it 23 yards for the team’s second defensive TD of the night, and Nate Beasley breezed into the end zone of a 12-yard run. Kicker Caleb Lightbourn would add a 34-yard field goal to make it 47-0 at the half.

“I still see things that we can get better at,” Camas coach Jon Eagle said. “I know that sounds like coach-speak. “I just think we’re capable of playing better.”

A scary thought for the rest of the 4A GSHL.

This also was Camas’ first road win over Skyview in the program’s history.

Skyview avoided the shutout with two fourth-quarter touchdowns runs from Beyden Heppler and Josh Seynaeve.

By then, though, the game was out of reach. Camas had already lit up the scoreboard.


Camas 23 24 0 0–47

Skyview 0 0 0 12–12

First quarter

Cam — Jason Vailea 1 run (Caleb Lightbourn kick)

Cam — Jorden Payne 6 pass from Reilly Hennessey (Lightbourn kick)

Cam — Payne 55 interception return (Lightbourn kick)

Cam — Safety, blocked punt out of end zone

Second quarter

Cam — Cole Zarcone 18 run (Lightbourn kick)

Cam — Brad Hansen 23 fumble return (Lightbourn kick)

Cam — Nate Beasley 12 run (Lightbourn kick)

Cam — Lightbourn 34 FG

Fourth quarter

Sky — Beyden Heppler 3 run (kick failed)

Sky — Josh Seynaeve 7 run (kick failed)

Individual statistics

RUSHING — Camas — Beasley 10-67, Hennessey 9-42, Vailea 1-1, Zarcone 5-42, Brian Kelly 6-14. Skyview — Nate Arriola 16-62, Jacob Dennis 1-(minus 3), Josh Seynaeve 10-84, C.J. Webb 1-(minus 2), Zac Shomler 2-1, Heppler 3-8, Josh Emmy 2- minus 5, Taylor Johnson 1-8.

PASSING — Camas — Hennessey 12-18-0-144, Liam Fitzgerald 2-2-0-8, Jake Peebles 0-1-0-0. Skyview – Shomler 9-16-1-50, Johnson 2-3-0-28.

RECEIVING — Camas — Payne 3-35, Zach Eagle 3-30, James Price 3-40, Michael DiGenova 1-11, Dylan White 1-14, Slav Mikhalets 1-14, Jared Bentley 2-8. Skyview — Dennis 4-23, Colton Johnson 1-13, Noah Bonner 1-4, Dylan King 2-5, Josh Wilkerson 1-5, Brad Decker 1-22, Braden Hadfield 1-6.

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