2A Football: Camoza, Cats Rough Up Aberdeen
BREAKOUT: Sophomore Jaiyden Camoza Runs for 137 Yards, 2 TDs; W.F. West Wins EvCo Opener 38-7
By Aaron VanTuyl
The Bearcats were a bit shorthanded and offensively limited in their Evergreen 2A Conference opener.
Their opening drive set the tone, though, and one big shift in the second quarter boosted W.F. West to a 38-7 win over Aberdeen on Friday in Chehalis.
Sophomore Jaiyden Camoza ran for 137 yards and two touchdowns, and Ka’imi Henry picked up 128 rushing yards on 15 carries to highlight the 333 yards piled up by the Cats’ ground attack.
Part of that was out of necessity; quarterback Nole Wollan was held out of practice in the week leading up to the game due to an injury, and starters Dakota Hawkins and Gabe O’Neil were both out of the lineup on Friday as well.
“That gave us an opportunity to play the game under center tonight and really focus on running the football, and there was a lot of positives there,” Bearcat coach Bob Wollan said. “I think games like this force you to commit to it and to stay with it, and we tried a lot of different combinations on our offensive line.”
Henry did the heavy lifting early, picking up 42 yards on four carries in the Cats’ seven-play, 57-yard opening drive. Camoza, a speedy sophomore, then came in with a flourish, darting 21 yards up the right side before being pushed out just shy of the goal line. Lafe Johnson, on his lone carry of the game, punched it in from a yard out to open the scoring.
“All those guys ran hard, but Camoza showed some pretty special stuff tonight,” Wollan said. “He’s definitely a weapon, and he’s growing as a player, so that was great.”
Still, though, the Bobcats were in the game until one big swing in the second quarter.
Aberdeen elected to go for it on fourth and 1 on its own 33-yard line, only to see star running back Kylan Touch stopped behind the line of scrimmage for a turnover.
At that point, the visitors trailed by a manageable margin of 10-0, having held W.F. West to a 30-yard Cory Davis field goal on their previous drive.
Three plays later, Camoza took off on a 17-yard run for his first touchdown. Three plays after that, Tyson Guerrero snared the first of his two interceptions, and one play later Nole Wollan found tight end Leandre Gaines for a 29-yard score, marking a 14-point swing in the span of 2 1/2 minutes.
Throw in Wollan’s 15-yard fade route touchdown pass to Brandon White with 1:01 left in the half, and that fruitless fourth-down attempt helped turn a two-score game into a rout.
Camoza added a 40-yard touchdown scamper in the fourth quarter, and Aberdeen’s Aiden Neely scored on a 3-yard run to prevent a shutout late in the game.
W.F. West held Aberdeen to 193 yards of total offense, with 127 coming from star running back Kylan Touch on 27 carries.
“Defensively, I thought once again we ran to the ball and did a good job,” Wollan said. “Touch got yards, but he didn’t break the big play against us, so I was really happy with that.”
Joey Wylam, a 6-foot, 205-pound lineman, was a bright spot for the defense.
“He was a force in the middle,” Wollan said. “He’s not very big, but he plays with a high motor, his pad level is about ground level, and he had a lot of first hits on Touch that really disrupted plays.”
Johnson, normally the Cats’ third inside linebacker, moved to an outside linebacker spot on Friday and made an impact.
“He’s a really valuable guy for us,” Wollan added. “He got in there and he played fabulous.”
Nole Wollan hit 5 of 10 passes for 107 yards, with receiver Jordan Thomas grabbing the Cats’ biggest offensive play of the game for a 42-yard reception.
W.F. West (3-1, 1-0 league) hosts Rochester on Friday in a homecoming game.
BEARCATS 38, BOBCATS 7
Aberdeen 0 0 0 7 —7
W.F. West 10 21 0 7 —38
WFW — Lafe Johnson 1-yard run; Cory Davis kick
WFW — Davis 30-yard field goal
WFW — Jaiyden Camoza 17-yard run; Davis kick
WFW — Nole Wollan 29-yard pass to LeAndre Gaines; Davis kick
WFW — Wollan 15-yard pass to Brandon White; Davis kick
WFW — Camoza 40-yard run; Tyler Laufenberg kick
ABE — Aiden Neely 3-yard run; Giovanni Pisanti kick
Team Stats ABE WFW
First Downs 11 14
Rushing Yards 174 333
Passing Yards 19 107
Total Yards 193 440
Comp-Att-Int 3-16-2 5-10-1
Fumbles/Lost 3/0 2/1
Penalties/Yards 4/31 5/40
Rushing: ABE — Kylan Touch 27/127; WFW — Ka’imi Henry 15/128, Camoza 9/137
Passing: ABE — Ben Dublanko 3-15/19; WFW — Nole Wollan 5-10/107
Receiving: ABE — Cameron Hochstetler 2/11; WFW — Jordan Thomas 1/42