The No. 1-ranked team in Class 2A gave 4A power Camas a run for its money before the Papermakers held on for the 28-26 non-league win on Friday at Tumwater.
Mark Thorkelson scored on pass plays of 60 and 86 yards from Taylor Ioane, Luke Jamison scored on a 1-yard run, and Nathan Criddle returned a fumble 83 yards for a score.
It was looking very good for the Papermakers as led 28-7 to start the fourth quarter.
And that’s when the Thunderbirds stormed back and nearly tied the game with 30 seconds to play.
A 14-play, 69-yard drive ending in Carlos Matheney’s 1-yard TD run made the score 28-20 after a failed two-point conversion try.
Then Tumwater capped its final drive with a touchdown pass, however, Camas intercepted the two-point try and sealed the win.
CAMAS 28, TUMWATER 26
Camas 14 14 0 0—28
Tumwater 7 0 0 19—26
T — Carlos Matheney 1 run (kick good)
C — Mark Thorkelson 60 pass from Taylor Ioane (Ethan Ouchi kick)
C — Luke Jamison 1 run (Ouchi kick)
C — Thorkelson 86 pass from Ioane (Ouchi kick)
C — Nathan Criddle 83 fumble return (Ouchi kick)
T — Seth Weller 30 pass from Alex Overbay (kick good)
T — Matheney 1 run (PAT failed)
T — Cade Otton 25 pass from Overbay (pass failed)
RUSHING — Camas: Luke Jamison 3-14, Jon Schultz 8-6, Sam Speer 2-(-1), Taylor Ioane 3-(-4), team 2-(-7).
PASSING — Camas: Taylor Ioane 6-12-0-160.
RECEIVING — Mark Thorkelson 2-146, Andrew Caroussos 2-4, Brock Thornburg 1-5, Nathan Criddle 1-5.