Heritage couldn’t withstand the Camas locomotive Oct. 12, at Doc Harris Stadium. Drake Owen was the conductor to a 63-13 victory for the Papermakers.
The Camas High School senior caught a 76-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kyle Allen.
“I always like playing catch with Kyle,” Owen said. “We’ve practiced a lot throughout the years. He’s been my quarterback since (Clark County Youth Football).”
Owen also shook off a defender and returned a punt for a 60-yard touchdown. He then tied up three more Timberwolves after catching a pass from Allen and took off for a 28-yard touchdown.
“Coach always says, ‘Just make one man miss and anything can happen,” Owen said.
“He just has a way of getting open, and it’s the yards after the catch that are really big,” Allen said. “That one play, he was tackled by like three guys, and somehow he got out of it. It’s pretty wild.”
The Papermakers kicked off Breast Cancer Awareness Night with an 83-yard touchdown drive. Will Schultz carried the ball across the goal line after Owen completed a 38-yard catch and run. Camas got the ball right back on the 2-yard line, and Semisi Schultz took it into the end zone for a touchdown.
After two theatrical touchdowns by Owen, Semisi Schultz forced a fumble, Ryan Rushall picked up the football and took it 25-yards back into the end zone for a touchdown to give Camas a 35-0 lead in the first quarter.
“A defensive score is always great,” Rushall said. “It fires our team up. We love defensive scores and we love special teams scores. We take pride in that.”
Will Schultz scored his second touchdown of the game, following a Heritage fumble. Owen then delivered his third touchdown to put the Papermakers up by 49. A 60-yard interception return by Trevor Bentley set up one more touchdown for Camas in the first half. Although the Papermakers fumbled the ball in the end zone, Carter Kinkead recovered it to give Camas six more points.
A 56-0 lead by the Papermakers at halftime started up the running clock in the third quarter. Owen had three catches for 133 yards and three touchdowns. Allen finished with 158 passing yards and two touchdowns.
“Every game, every week, every day, Kyle keeps getting better,” Rushall said. “He knows where to put the ball, our receivers get open, our line blocks. It’s all coming together.”
Heritage scored two touchdowns in the second half. Camas scored one more touchdown in the fourth quarter on a run by Aaron Brown.
Camas travels 170 miles east to play Sunnyside High School Friday. The Papermakers host Union in the final league game of the season Friday, Oct. 27.
Allen and the rest of the Papermakers are thrilled to be 7-0.
“I’m really proud, especially following such a great team last year,” Allen said. “We really didn’t know what kind of a team we were going to be, but we’re starting to prove it now.”