A seven-point deficit and the first rainfall of the season didn’t slow down the Camas football team Friday, at Kiggins Bowl.
Jordan Del Moral rushed for 191 yards and scored four touchdowns to lead the Papermakers to a 41-10 victory against Skyview. Camas scored 38 straight points after trailing 10-3 at the start of the second quarter.
“In this game, we found out what we’re really made of,” Del Moral said. “We’ve been up and we’ve been down, but we persevered and came out on top.”
Michael Boyle kicked a 30-yard field goal on the first drive of the game for the Papermakers. Braden Hadfield nailed a 39-yard field goal to tie the score, and then caught an 18-yard touchdown pass to give the Storm the lead. Camas needed a big play after turning the ball over three times.
“Your faith is tested and will continue to be tested,” said head coach Jon Eagle. “We have a good team, but we can’t be great until we play smart. Those are things we can fix.”
The Papermakers finally caught a break when Sean Ramage snagged a 35-yard pass from Liam Fitzgerald and reached the 4-yard line. Del Moral ran the ball into the end zone to tie the score. Camas managed to get two more possessions before halftime, and capitalized on both of them. Hunter Bruno caught a 12-yard touchdown pass to put Camas up by seven.
“At first, I got caught between two defenders and I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it through,” Bruno said. “But, I popped out and Liam threw me a perfect ball as always.”
Boyle increased the lead to 10 on a 28-yard field goal, and the Papermakers went into the locker room with some momentum.
Skyview received the kick at the start of the third quarter, but gave the ball away on an interception by Ramage.
“I was waiting for it all game,” Ramage said. “Being behind was an uneasy feeling. We really had to find our true talent. It’s a great feeling to come back out on top.”
Del Moral took off on the next play for a 21-yard touchdown run to give the Papermakers a 27-10 lead. He said those two plays set the tone for the second half.
“I challenged the O-line, and they really stepped up today,” Del Moral said. “Everybody stepped up. It was a team effort.”
The rain picked up, and the rout was on. Blake Roy caught back-to-back passes and Del Moral crossed the goal line for the third time.
“Blake is a great receiver, but I think he is an even better blocker,” Del Moral said.
Fitzgerald completed 22 passes for 266 yards. Roy led the receiving effort with seven catches for 92 yards. Jared Bentley also grabbed seven passes for 84 yards.
David Aarhus and Jaron Webb sacked the Skyview quarterback, which forced another punt. Del Moral continued to pelt the Storm with short runs for first downs, before finally busting loose on a 34-yard dash into the end zone.
“It felt good to bust one open after hitting the holes hard all day,” Del Moral said. “It’s good to see open field once in a while.”
Camas (5-0) stands tall as the only undefeated team in the 4A Greater St. Helens League. The Papermakers host Battle Ground next Friday. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
After playing four of its first five games on the road, the Camas football players and coaches are looking forward to back-to-back weeks at home. Union heads up the hill to Doc Harris Stadium for a game on Friday, Oct. 16.
“All of these road games just strengthen us,” Ramage said. “I can’t wait for that feeling of being at home again. It’s comforting having this whole town behind us.”