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Big second half lifts Camas over Skyview (video)

Papermakers get three third-quarter TDs to roll

By Paul Valencia, Columbian High School Sports Reporter
Published: October 7, 2016, 10:11pm

CAMAS — The Camas offense waited until the second half to do what it usually does in the first half.

The Camas defense, well, it just did what it usually does, all game long.

The Papermakers scored on their first four possessions of the second half Friday night at Doc Harris Stadium, and the defense shut down Skyview in a 31-9 victory in a key Class 4A Greater St. Helens football game.

Skyview led 9-7 at the half, looking to end Camasí long regular-season winning streak.

Instead, the Papermakers extended that streak to 47 in a row.

“We had a lot of help from the defensive coaches,’’ Camas senior defensive lineman Cody Jackson said of the halftime adjustments. “They gave us the schemes, we gave (the Storm) the axe, and we ended it.’’


Jack Colletto gave the Papermakers the lead for good on a 13-yard touchdown run to open the second half.

Camas (6-0, 2-0 GSHL) forced a three-and-out, and Colletto scored again three minutes later to make it 21-9.

Dylan Ingram got a tackle for loss on a fourth-down play on Skyview’s next possession, setting up the Papermakers again. This time, Colletto did it with his arm, finding Cooper McNatt on a 24-yard touchdown pass for a 21-point third quarter.

Ball game.

“We stuck with it. We stayed the course. We didn’t hesitate. We didn’t blink,’’ Colletto said of the deficit. “We didn’t freak out. We stayed calm and cool at halftime. It really showed out there in the second half. We were having fun.’’

Colletto finished with 139 yards rushing and three touchdowns —  he scored Camas’ first-half score as well.

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“The O-line did a great job finishing, and Coach Eagle does a great job making my reads really easy,’’ Colletto said.

The Camas defense made things easier, too.

“Our defense shut out a pretty good offense,’’ Camas coach Jon Eagle said of the second half. “When we had to come up with a big play, we were able to come up with the stops.’’

Skyview (3-3, 0-1 GSHL) had three possessions that started in the third quarter: Punt, loss of downs, loss of downs. The Storm also lost the ball on downs on its only possession of the fourth quarter.

“What it comes down to is doing your job and doing your job to the best of your ability,’’ Ingram said. “If everyone does their job, we’re going to have a lot of success. That’s what we did.’’

“No one was nervous,’’ Jackson said of being behind at the break. “We just had to get in there, have the coaches tell us what we were doing wrong, then come out and execute.’’

Skyview was looking to be more than close this time. Last year, in the state playoffs, the Storm were just a couple minutes away from beating the Papermakers.

For two quarters Friday night, it looked like it could be another game down to the wire between these two teams.

“We’ll always have the first half,’’ Skyview coach Steve Kizer said.

The Storm opened the game with a 12-play drive that led to a Wyatt Stallman field goal and 3-0 lead.

Camas responded with a nine-play touchdown drive.

Skyview would regain the lead with five minutes to play in the second quarter. Hayden Froeber scored on a 5-yard run.

The Camas offense would lose the ball on downs in the red zone and also had a three-and-out in the first half. Considering the Papermakers scored on their first six possessions last week, that was noteworthy.

Only this week, that Camas offense got going in the third quarter, with Colletto leading the charge.

“He’s just a strong kid, a great leader,’’ Kizer said. “He can throw it, and he can run it. I don’t know which he’s better at. He’s dangerous. He’s a weapon.’’

The Camas offense and defense sharpened their weapons in the second half.

And the winning streak continues.

Skyview    3    6    0    0—9
Camas    7    0    21    3—31
First quarter
Sky — Wyatt Stallman 22 FG
Cam — Jack Colletto 1 run (Michael Boyle)
Second quarter
Sky — Hayden Froeber 5 run (kick blocked)
Third quarter
Cam — Colletto 13 run (Boyle kick)
Cam — Colletto 9 run (Boyle kick)
Cam — Cooper McNatt 24 pass from Colletto (Boyle kick)
Fourth quarter
Cam — Boyle 35 FG

Individual statistics
RUSHING — Skyview: Dyvon Green 7-11-62, Brody Barnum 16-62 Angelo Sarchi 9-48, Tavis Pinkney 2-14, Froeber 6-26. Camas: Michael Matthews 9-39, Colletto 22-139, Ryan Rushall 1-0, Will Schultz 5-19, Hunter Crandall 1-1.
PASSING — Skyview: Barnum 8-16-0-110. Camas: Colletto 10-18-0-121.
RECEIVING — Skyview: Green 1-6, Pinkney 5-88, Travis Yajko 1-12, Jeremiah Wright 1-4. Camas: Ryan Rushall 4-41, Matthews 1-7, Drake Owen 1-10, Ja’Michael Shelton 1-7, McNatt 2-51, Dylan Ingram 1-5.

Columbian High School Sports Reporter