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On Further Review: Camas’ Beau Harlan becoming 3-way standout

By Columbian staff
Published: September 18, 2023, 7:05pm

Camas junior Beau Harlan is having a breakout football season, and it’s coincided with two straight wins for the Papermakers (2-1) against quality non-league opponents.

After rushing for three touchdowns in the Papermakers’ 55-20 road win over Glacier Peak last week, Harlan picked up right where he left off Friday against Lincoln of Tacoma.

Harlan registered two rushing touchdowns during a 21-7 win over the Abes at Doc Harris Stadium, while also adding an interception, one sack and one tackle for loss on defense.

His interception on Lincoln quarterback Sione Kaho set up a short field for Camas early in the second quarter, when Titan Brody ran for a 21-yard score to give Camas a 14-0 lead.

“He’s tough as nails,” Camas coach Jack Hathaway said. “He’s everything that we think Camas Papermakers should be — tough, energetic, there’s no quit and he has that mentality.”

Harlan isn’t just a two-way standout; he also excels on special teams. In fact, after scoring on a 1-yard rush on the Papermakers’ opening drive, he made a solo tackle on Lincoln’s ensuing kickoff return. First to greet him coming off the field was Hathaway.

“If we need guys on special teams, I’m there on special teams. So, everyone’s going to step up if they need to,” Harlan said. “We’re all doing what the coaches ask of us … trying to be as coachable as possible.”

Packer is back

After missing the first two games of the 2023 season recovering from a hamstring injury, junior Gavin Packer was back in action for the Skyview Storm.

Packer, a reigning all-league player on offense, defense and special teams, played both ways in Friday’s 21-7 Storm victory over Bothell in a battle of two top-10-ranked teams in Class 4A at Kiggins Bowl. On offense, Packer finished with five catches for 42 yards.

Packer injured his hamstring during a summer team basketball camp, head coach Steve Kizer said, and hinted back in the late summer the junior may miss the first two games.

Skyview is 3-0 and has outscored its opponents 98-7. After playing three games at Kiggins Bowl, Skyview now begins a four-game road trip and returns home Oct. 20.

Statistical anomaly

How does one end up with receiving yardage without making a catch?

Jacob Champine’s otherwise big statistical day in Battle Ground’s 42-7 win over Prairie included a quirk. Along with 154 yards rushing and three touchdowns, the senior had three receiving yards on zero catches.


That came thanks to a hook-and-ladder trick play the Tigers ran in the first quarter. Quarterback Ethan Adams completed a 7-yard pass to Grayson Gambee, who pitched the ball to Champine who gained another 3 yards.

Those 3 yards count as receiving yards despite Champine not being credited with a catch.

Good news, bad news for La Center

The La Center defense continued its standout play in a 17-6 win over Kalama.

The Wildcats shut out the Chinooks in the second half to hold their third opponent to single digits and improve to 3-0 for the first time since 2019.

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But it wasn’t all good news for the Wildcats.

Senior quarterback Garrett Maunu suffered a broken collarbone on the third series of the game, coach John Lambert said.

Maunu, one of four seniors on this year’s roster, stepped into the starting role after last year’s starter Tru Feldman transferred to Seton Catholic.

Houston Coyle replaced Maunu at quarterback and completed 5 of 8 passes for 117 yards. He also rushed for 194 yards on 18 carries and one touchdown.