Friday’s 2A Football: Camoza Sets Rushing Record in 56-23 Win Over Aberdeen
Playoff Bound: W.F. West Claims EvCo 3-Seed and Crossover Date with Hockinson
By Jordan Nailon
It took Jaiyden Camoza just five carries here Friday night before he had the Mint City abuzz with chatter about all-time records.
With 3:28 left in the first quarter of the Bearcats’ home contest with Aberdeen, Camoza had already amassed 206 rushing yards and three touchdowns to put his team up 21-0. By the end of what became a 56-23 Evergreen 2A Conference victory for the Bearcats Camoza had racked up a cool 302 yards rushing to set the single-game Bearcat record.
That output included ground scores from 18, 83, and 77 yards.
The win solidified a spot in the playoffs for W.F. West as the third seed out of the EvCo.
“I got told what his yards were at halftime and I remembered what the school record was because Nole (Wollan) set it last year, so it was easy to remember,” said W.F. West coach Dan Hill, in reference to Nole Wollan’s 291-yard rushing performance against Woodland in last year’s District 4 crossovers.
Camoza would have had a fourth touchdown on his first carry in the second half, but that 80 yard scoring scamper was called back due to an illegal block on the 12-yard line.
“He actually would have set it on that one that got called back, so, it’s like ‘ahhhh’ we’re going to get it for him,” said Hill.
That penalty put Camoza in a temporary purgatory as he sat just a few yards short of the record but yo-yoed above and back below the official mark with a series of short gains and shorter losses. A final push to pick up a first down in the fourth quarter put Camoza over the all-time hump for good.
“He ran well tonight and our linemen did a really good job of blocking and opening holes for him,” said Hill. “Jaiyden was our No. 2 back last year and he showed how electric he could be.”
Camoza did his best to downplay the hype in the postgame scrum amidst the Bearcat faithful.
“It feels pretty great, but honestly, I can tell you this much, I really didn’t want the record. It wasn’t my night. It’s senior night, I tried to tell coach to give the carries to Lafe (Johnson),” said Camoza after the postgame pagentries. “Don’t get me wrong, I’ve very grateful for it, but I’ve got to thank my line. My line blocked amazing tonight.”
That sort of humble reply didn’t surprise the Bearcats’ boss.
“We’ve got a great group of guys and they play for each other and they support each other 100 percent,” said Hill. “Lafe did a good job running tonight, too, and he was blocking on a lot of those runs which helps, too.”
Johnson finished the game with 71 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries. Josiah Johnson completed 7 of 14 passes for 154 yards, including a 29-yard touchdown toss to Troy Yarter later in the first quarter. The Bearcats’ quarterback also ran for 38 yards, including a 24-yard scoring scramble. Max Taylor hauled in four of Johnson’s passes for 104 yards.
The Aberdeen offense was charged by quarterback Ben Dublanko who completed 16 of 33 passes for 309 yards while scrambling for his life all night under pressure from the Bearcats defensive line. He also ran the ball 16 times for -10 yards due to a handful of big loss sacks handed out by the likes of Leandre Gaines. Wyatt Johnson caught four of those passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns.
“He does a great job of getting out of the pocket and keeping his eyes downfield and finding guys who were open so I’ve got to tip my cap to him,” Hill said of Dublanko. “He’s a heck of a football player.”
After a series of celebratory photos with friends and family Camoza admitted that Wollan’s record setting rushing game in last year’s playoff game against Woodland has crossed his mind on more than one occasion.
“I thought it was unbelievable. He ran the ball hard and he couldn’t be tackled that night. That was fun to watch,” said Camoza. “I dreamed of breaking that record. I didn’t think it was going to happen, though.”
The win sets W.F. West up with a date at Hockinson next Friday versus the defending state champions from Hockinson. Camoza says the Bearcats will be ready for a fight with the Hawks.
“It’s not going to be easy. They are the number one team in the state but I think we’ve got a really good shot. I really do. I think we’ve got a really strong defense when we want to,” he said.
HIll agreed with his record setting running back that the defense will be key to the Bearcats matchup with Hockinson in the district crossover playoff game.
“They’ve got a couple of large wide receiver who are really, really good football players and their quarterback will probably be the best quarterback we play all year. So it will obviously be a huge challenge,” said Hill. “But, our guys are up to the challenge.”
Tumwater Shuts Out Centralia
TUMWATER — The Thunderbirds scored 42 points in the first half and never looked back, defeating Centralia 56-0 in an Evergreen 2A Conference football game here on Friday night.
The Tumwater defense was too much for the Tigers, holding Centralia to 153 yards of total offense, including 72 yards on the ground.
Centralia’s Colby Sobolesky-Reynolds led the way on the ground with 36 yards on nine carries. The Tigers were forced to go to the air a bit more than usual with the deficit, with quarterback Tanner DeMonbrun completing 6 of 21 passes for 81 yards and an interception.
Cameron Erickson caught three passes for 31 yards and Benito Valencia added two catches for 41 yards.
Tumwater’s Dylan Loftis was the biggest highlight for Tumwater, accumulating 117 yards on six carries.
Zane Murphy started the scoring on a 2-yard run and Wyatt Palmer found Murphy on a 38-yard pass for a 14-0 lead after one quarter.
Palmer found Murphy once again to begin the second quarter on a 43-yard pass. Dylan Loftis scored the next two touchdowns with runs of 45 and 31 yards before Cody Whalen completed a 4-yard touchdown pass to Scott Duboiski for a 42-0 lead at halftime.
Lofits added his third score of the game on a 12-yard run and Jaylen Clay completed the scoring with a 5-yard run in the third quarter.
“I thought we played well at times. We started off on offense and we got in the red zone or really close to it,. Three out of four drives, we moved the ball,” Centralia coach Jeremy Thibault said. “They are too good of a team to make a mistake. We make a mistake and capitalized, they played well. That’s a very good football team, their defense was extremely fast.”
Thibault noted the play of his seniors in their final prep football game, including DeMonbrun at quarterback making some quality passes under pressure all night long.
Centralia finishes the season 2-7 overall and 1-4 in EvCo games.
Warriors Fall to Wolves in Season Finale
ROCHESTER — Black Hills recorded 403 yards of total offense and 48 points in the first half to cruise to a 68-12 win over Rochester in an EvCo football game here on Friday.
The Warriors were too late with their offense, accumulating 240 yards of total offense, including 132 yards on the ground.
Rochester’s Grayson Johnson led the way with 95 rushing yards on 13 carries with a score and Enrique Sanchez-Hope added 60 yards on 11 carries and a touchdown.
Quarterback Daniel May completed 6 of 16 passes for 108 yards and three interceptions. Patrick Riley caught five passes for 75 yards and Cody Weddle recorded one catch for 33 yards.
Black Hills’ Taylor Simmons was the leader on the ground with 101 yards on six carries and a touchdown.
The Wolves scored 28 points in the first quarter. Simmons scored on a 45-yard run, followed by a 2-yard run by Zach Loveless. Quarterback Jaden Cote threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Ethan Loveless and Cote completed a 48-yard throw to Simmons for a score to end the first quarter.
Jordan Claridge started the scoring in the second quarter with an 11-yard run. Rochester ruined the shutout attempt with a 15-yard run by Enrique Sanchez-Hope. After another Black Hills’ touchdown, Grayson Johnson got on the board with a 12-yard touchdown run. The Wolves scored one more time for a 48-12 lead at halftime.
Payton Hoyt scored on a 1-yard run and Ryan Moloney added a 10-yard touchdown run for the only points of the third quarter. Simmons capped the scoring with a 35-yard punt return in the fourth quarter.
Rochester finishes the season 2-7 overall and 1-4 in EvCo games.
BEARCATS 56, BOBCATS 23
Aberdeen 0 7 16 0 — 23
W.F. West 28 14 7 7 — 56
WFW — Jaiyden Camoza 18-yard run; Bryce Laufenberg kick
WFW — Camoza 83-yard run; Laufenberg kick
WFW — Camoza 77-yard run; Laufenberg kick
ABD — Ben Dublanko 68-yard pass to Wyatt Johnson; Giovanni Pisani kick
WFW — Josiah Johnson 29-yard pass to Troy Yarter; Laufenberg kick
WFW — Lafe Johnson 5-yard run; Laufenberg kick
WFW — Josiah Johnson 24-yard run; Laufenberg kick
ABD — Dublanko 8-yard pass to Pisani; Pisani kick
WFW — Lafe Johnson 4-yard run; Laufenberg kick
ABD — Dublanko 80-yard pass to Johnson; Conversion fail
ABD — Pisani 32-yard field goal
WFW — Lafe Johnson 10-yard run; Laufenberg kick
Team Stats ABD WFW
First Downs 16 20
Rushing Yards 29 432
Passing Yards 309 163
Total Yards 338 595
Comp-Att-Int 16-33-0 8-15-2
Fumbles/Lost 1/0 1/0
Penalties/Yards 5/31 9/85
Rushing: ABD — Dylan Richie 1/58 ; WFW — Jaiyden Camoza 17/310, Lafe Johnson 11/71, Josiah Johnson 6/38
Passing: ABD — Ben Dublanko 16-33/309; WFW — Josiah Johnson 7-14/154, Leandre Gaines 1/10-39
Receiving: ABD — Wyatt Johnson 4/185; WFW — Max Taylor 4/104, Troy Yarter 2/48
THUNDERBIRDS 56, TIGERS 0
Centralia 0 0 0 0 — 0
Tumwater 14 28 14 0 — 56
TUM — Zane Murphy 2-yard run; kick good
TUM — Wyatt Palmer 38-yard pass to Murphy; kick good
TUM — Palmer 43-yard pass to Murphy; kick good
TUM — Dylan Loftis 45-yard run; kick good
TUM — Loftis 31-yard run; kick good
TUM — Cody Whalen 4-yard pass to Scott Duboiski; kick good
TUM — Loftis 12-yard run; kick good
TUM — Jaylen Clay 5-yard run; kick good
Team Stats CEN TUM
First Downs 12 15
Rushing Yards 72 271
Passing Yards 81 148
Total Yards 153 419
Comp-Att-Int 6-21-1 5-9-0
Fumbles/Lost 0/0 0/0
Penalties/Yards 10/85 3/25
Rushing: CEN — Colby Sobolesky-Reynolds 9/36; TUM — Dylan Loftis 6/117
Passing: CEN —Tanner DeMonbrun 6-21/81; TUM — Wyatt Palmer 2-4/81
Receiving: CEN — Cameron Erickson 3/31, Benito Valencia 2/41; TUM — Zane Murphy 2/81, Scott Duboiski 2/42
WOLVES 68, WARRIORS 12
Black Hills 28 20 13 7 — 68
Rochester 0 12 0 0 — 12
BH — Taylor Simmons 45-yard run; kick good
BH — Zach Loveless 2-yard run; kick good
BH — Jaden Cote 11-yard pass to Ethan; kick good
BH — Jaden Cote 48-yard pass to Taylor Simmons; kick good
BH — Jordan Claridge 11-yard run; kick good
ROC — Enrique Sanchez-Hope 15-yard run; kick failed
BH — 1-yard run; kick no good
ROC — Grayson Johnson 12-yard run; conversion failed
BH — Jaden Cote 26-yard pass; kick good
BH — Payton Hoyt 1-yard run; conversion no good
BH — Ryan Moloney 10-yard run; kick good
BH — Taylor Simmons 35-yard punt return; kick good
Team Stats BH ROC
First Downs 15 11
Rushing Yards 193 132
Passing Yards 210 108
Total Yards 403 240
Comp-Att-Int 7-12-0 6-16-3
Fumbles/Lost 3/0 4/1
Penalties/Yards 4/30 2/15
Rushing: BH — Taylor Simmons 6/101; ROC — Grayson Johnson 13/95, Enrique Sanchez-Hope 11/60/
Passing: BH — Jaden Cote 7-12/210; ROC — Daniel May 6-16/108
Receiving: BH — Taylor Simmons 1/48/1; ROC — Patrick Riley 5/75, Cody Weddle 1/33