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Football: Canby gets creased, crumpled by Camas


The Cougars are held to 166 yards of offense in a lopsided 48-7 loss to the Papermakers.

by: JEFF GOODMAN - Canby quarterback Austin Taylor throws a pass Sept. 13 during a nonconference game against Camas. The senior had just one completion for 19 yards.Four hours before the Canby football team’s anticipated matchup against the top-ranked team from Washington state, Jace Cates tweeted the words “Anything can happen” along with a picture of Rocky Balboa standing face-to-face with Ivan Drago.

But the “Rocky IV” parallel didn’t pan out.

Although Cates and the Cougars contained Camas early on, they were eventually overpowered in a 48-7 loss Sept. 13 at Cougar Stadium.

Canby (1-2) knew it was up against perhaps the best high school football team in the Pacific Northwest, a program that returned 20 starters after reaching Washington’s large-school state semifinals last year.

The Cougars knew about the Papermakers’ 47-14 rout of Jesuit a week earlier. They knew their opponent had college-level talent throughout its roster.

But after a strong first quarter in which they gave up just one touchdown, they couldn’t keep Camas (2-0) out of the end zone.

“We have a core group of kids playing the whole game on both sides of the ball, and it showed,” coach Mike Vaught said. “The first and third quarters, we played really well. But they have a lot of guys, and they wore us down.”

The result was even more lopsided than last year’s meeting, when Canby fell 31-7 on the road. In that game, the Cougars were held scoreless through three quarters and mustered just 197 yards of offense.

This time around, Canby logged only 166 yards of offense — including 64 in the first half — and didn’t score until senior Sam Bodine’s 1-yard touchdown run with 2 minutes 38 seconds left in the third quarter.

The Papermakers responded less than 2 minutes later on a 1-yard touchdown by running back Nate Beasley, taking a 34-7 lead and effectively ending any chances of a comeback bid for the Cougars.

Camas, which added two more scores in the fourth quarter, became the first Canby opponent to reach the 45-point benchmark since Jesuit amassed 67 in 2011.

The Cougars, meanwhile, struggled to move the chains a week after racking up 42 points against Keizer-McNary.

Senior quarterback Austin Taylor found tight end A.J. Schlatter for a 19-yard pickup early in the game, but it ended up being his only completion out of six passes. A fourth-down ball to the corner of the end zone in the first half was just out of reach for Cole Thompson.

Running back Dominic Shorter rushed 21 times for 91 yards, but he wasn’t able to break loose against a disciplined Camas defense. Canby’s nine other rushers combined for 56 yards on 28 carries.

The loss masked a solid defensive effort by the Cougars, particularly in the first half.

On one play, Cates — who finished with a team-high six solo tackles — sacked Papermakers quarterback Reilly Hennessey. On another, senior Noah Kyllo broke up a passing play and almost came away with an interception. Canby held Camas to 157 yards on the ground.

“We played extremely hard,” Vaught said. “The kids weren’t intimidated. ... Our run defense was probably our highlight of the night.”

But the Cougars had trouble slowing down the Papermakers’ passing attack.

Hennessey, who has committed to Eastern Washington, went 17-for-33 with 264 yards and two touchdowns a week after going 14-for-17 with 277 yards and four touchdowns against Jesuit.

Zach Eagle and James Price combined for 10 catches and 210 receiving yards.

“Their big-time receivers just got the ball and made plays,” Vaught said. “But our pass defense is considerably better than it was in Week 1.”




Camas    7     21     6      14 — 48

Canby    0       0     7        0 — 7

First quarter

Camas — (1:02) Dylan White 10 pass from Reilly Hennessey (Caleb Lightbourn kick)

Second quarter

Camas — (9:25) Nate Beasley 2 run (kick failed)

Camas — (6:11) Zach Eagle 45 pass from Hennessey (White conversion pass from Hennessey)

Camas — (3:06) Cole Zarcone 9 run (Lightbourn kick)

Third quarter

Canby — (2:38) Sam Bodine 1 run (Alejandro Sandoval kick)

Camas — (0:52) Beasley 1 run (kick failed)

Fourth quarter

Camas — (7:27) Bryan Kelly 17 run (Lightbourn kick)

Camas — (2:00) Jordan Del Moral 10 run (kick failed)


RUSHING — Camas: Nate Beasley 14-60, Cole Zarcone 5-33, Bryan Kelly 6-35, Reilly Hennessey 5-29; Canby: Dominic Shorter 21-91, Cole Thompson 3-8, Keltin Boykin 1-6, Tanner Monen 6-17, Jace Cates 2-15, Zach Larson 2-1, Noah Kyllo 1-0, Sam Bodine 6-9, Nico Tellache 2-14, Austin Taylor 5-(-14).

PASSING — Camas: Reilly Hennessey 17-33-264; Canby: Austin Taylor 1-6-19.

RECEIVING — Camas: Zach Eagle 6-102, James Price 4-108, Michael Johnson 2-14, Dylan White 2-18, Jordan Payne 1-12, Nate Beasley 1-4, Dane Santos 1-6; Canby: A.J. Schlatter 1-19.