CAMAS — It may have been a Tuesday in spring, but any Friday football game in the fall would be hard-pressed to top the drama of Camas’ 38-31 double overtime win over Skyview.
At 25-percent capacity, Doc Harris Stadium was as full as it’s been since fall of 2019. The Camas band made its first appearance of the season.
If you ignored the all-present masks and the calendar, Tuesday felt like a regular fall football spectacle.
The tension on Tuesday, however, was anything but regular.
After trading touchdowns in the first overtime, Camas scored in the second OT when Jake Blair found Bryce Dewey for a 12-yard score.
When Skyview’s fourth-down pass fell incomplete on the following drive, the Camas sideline erupted in a celebration not seen since the reigning 4A state champions won the title in Dec. 2019.
“That felt great,” Dewey said. “We’ve been waiting for this for a long time.”
Camas (2-1) handed Skyview (4-1, 3-1) its first loss of the season. It also created a bottleneck at the top of the 4A/3A Greater St. Helens League, where four teams have just one loss with two games remaining.
Dewey had seven catches for 194 yards, including a 63-yard touchdown in a back-and-fourth fourth quarter filled with big plays.
Dewey’s long TD gave Camas a 21-17 lead with 3:58 to play. It answered a 40-yard TD catch by Xavier Owens that gave Skyview its first lead just a minute earlier.
Skyview responded with Owens taking in a 19-yard TD that put the Storm up 24-21 with 1:19 left.
The odds were long for Camas, facing fourth and 10 from their own 35. But Blair hit Andrew Caroussos on a 35-yard Hail Mary. That set up Matt Gerardo’s game-tying 31-yard field goal with 1 second left.
Doc Harris Stadium, though not as full as on a typical fall Friday, was just as loud.
“Now that we have our fans back and can play in front of our home crowd, that’s very special,” Blair said. “Winning league is even more special. I’m just proud of all of our guys.”
Blair’s best connection was with Dewey, who also had a first-half interception.
“That’s my guy right there,” Blair said of Dewey. “He came up clutch tonight. He definitely stepped up to a new level for this game.”
Camas had Skyview’s defense on its heels early, scoring touchdowns on its first two drives. A 49-yard catch by Dewey took the Papermakers to the 1-yard line, where Jarius Phillips punched it in.
That was followed by a 12-play, 64-yard drive that led to a 1-yard TD run by Gabe Guo.
Skyview’s offense gave its defense a chance to collect itself, mounting a time-consuming drive that resulted in a 32-yard field goal
Skyview kept within reach after turning Camas away from inside its own 10. A fumbled snap on a 25-yard field goal attempt kept it 14-3 late in the first half.
CAMAS 38, SKYVIEW 31, 2 OT
Skyview 0 3 7 14 7 0—31
Camas 14 0 0 10 7 7—38
C — Jarius Phillips 1 run (Matt Gerardo kick)
C — Gabe Guo 1 run (Gerardo kick)
S — Fedya Heinrichs-Tarasenkov 32 FG
S — Martin 1 run (Heinrichs-Tarasenkov kick)
S — Xavier Owens 40 pass from Clark Coleman (Heinrichs-Tarasenkov kick)
C — Bryce Dewey 63 pass from Jake Blair (Gerardo kick)
S — Owens 19 pass from Coleman (Heinrichs-Tarasenkov) kick)
C — Gerardo 31 FG
C — Blair 2 run (Gerardo kick)
S — Coleman 2 run (Heinrichs-Tarasenkov kick)
C — Dewey 12 pass from Blair (Gerardo kick)
RUSHING — Skyview: Gabe Martin 19-61, Clark Coleman 6-19, Rhett Sarvela 1-12, Jaydin Knapp 17-93, Tanner Beaman 1-3, Brenner Tobiasson 1-1. Camas: Gabe Guo 15-79, Jake Blair 16-27, Jarius Phillips 5-8, Andrew Caroussos 1-7, Jon Schultz 7-7, Luke Jamison 6-20.
PASSING — Skyview: Clark Coleman 12-24-1-145, Xavier Owens 1-1-0-41. Camas: Jake Blair 14-25-0-257.
RECEIVING — Skyview: Teddy Beaver 1-34, Gabe Martin 1-2, Xavier Owens 7-22, Rhett Sarvela 1-10, Brycan Doman 1-9, Clark Coleman 1-41. Camas: Andrew Caroussos 4-44, Gabe Guo 2-10, Bryce Dewey 7-194, Quaid Milholen 1-9.