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Jake Davidson, Camas go to the air to beat Union 52-27

Junior quarterback passes for 428 yards and five touchdowns

By , Columbian Assistant Sports Editor
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Camas quarterback Jake Davidson delivers a pass in the Papermakers’ 52-27 win over Union at McKenzie Stadium on Friday, Oct. 20, 2023.
Camas quarterback Jake Davidson delivers a pass in the Papermakers’ 52-27 win over Union at McKenzie Stadium on Friday, Oct. 20, 2023. (Tim Martinez/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

Don’t try to categorize the Camas Papermakers as one type of team.

“People ask what kind of team we are, and I just say we’re just executing,” junior quarterback Jake Davidson said. “If we execute everything, I feel good.”

After beating Skyview last week with some smashmouth football, Davidson executed the passing game Friday, passing for 428 yards and five touchdowns in a 52-27 win over Union at McKenzie Stadium.

“I thought we executed pretty well passing,” Davidson said. “We just had the one pick-six that happened. It was tough. We’ll come back. We’ll look at some film, and we’ll get better.”

On Camas’ second play from scrimmage, Davidson hit Anthony Forner in stride for an 85-yard touchdown pass play and an early 7-0 lead.

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Camas’ Trenton Swanson (right) delivers a hit on Union’s Chase Lofton in Camas’ 52-27 win over Union at McKenzie Stadium on Friday, Oct. 20, 2023.
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Union responded with a 70-yard drive that ended with Alex Olson’s 29-yard touchdown run to tie the game 7-7.

The Papermakers came back with 15-play, 80-yard drive with Davidson finding Alex Hroza on a screen pass for a 22-yard touchdown and a 14-7 lead.

Then the Camas defense got some stops, while the offense would score on all six of its first half possessions for a 38-14 halftime lead.

Davidson threw 36 first-half pass attempts, but his 37th attempt didn’t go so well. Union’s Chase Lofton stepped in front of another screen pass and with 48 yards for a touchdown.

After a defense stop, Ben Hallead’s 38-yard touchdown pass from Mitch Ratigan got Union with 38-27 with 4:02 left in the third quarter.

But that’s when Camas’ offense got back on track as the Papermaker added on two clinching touchdowns.

Trenton Swanson caught 12 passes for 117 yards and one touchdown, and Anthony Forner added six catches for 145 yards and two touchdowns.

The win was the seventh in a row for Camas (7-1, 2-0 4A Greater St. Helens League). The Papermakers clinched at least a share of the league title on Friday and will seek the outright title next week at Battle Ground.

“I’d say we should have better practices (next week),” Davidson said. “Even though we won by quite a bit, I’d say we can be more polished. If we are more polished, then I feel confident going into our next game.”


Camas   14 24  7 7—52

Union    7  7 13 0—27

First quarter

C — Anthony Forner 85 pass from Jake Davidson (Jackson Tyler kick)

U — Alex Olson 29 run (Canaan Moore kick)

C — Alex Hroza 22 pass from Davidson (Tyler kick)

Second quarter

C — Reid Tennant 5 run (Tyler kick)

C — Trenton Swanson 11 pass from Davidson (Tyler kick)

C — Nikko Speer 3 pass from Davidson (Tyler kick)

U — Jordan Warren 41 pass from Mitch Ratigan (Moore kick)

Third quarter

U — Chase Lofton 48 interception return (pass failed)

U — Ben Hallead 38 pass from Ratigan (Moore kick)

C — Beau Harlan 1 run (Tyler kick)

Fourth quarter

C — Forner 24 pass from Davidson (Tyler kick)


RUSHING — Camas: Alex Hroza 17-65, Jake Davidson 9-52, Reid Tennant 6-48, Beau Harlan 3-4, Grady Milholen 1-7, Anthony Forner 1-(-5), team 2-(-12). Union: Alex Olson 13-64, Chase Lofton 2-6, Ben Hallead 1-1, Mitch Ratigan 4-(-7).

PASSING — Camas: Jake Davidson 27-42-1-428; Grady Milholen 0-1-0-0. Union: Mitch Ratigan 14-26-1-193, Blake McDonald 2-7-0-50.

RECEIVING — Camas: Trenton Swanson 12-117, Anthony Forner 6-145, Nikko Speer 5-59, Zuko Lopez 2-73, Alex Hroza 1-22, Jack Macdonald 1-12. Union: Ben Hallead 3-90, Rylan Stevison 5-60, Jordan Warrne 3-55, Chase Lofton 4-33, Blake Childreth 1-5.