Gutsy Lakes Converts 2 4th Down Plays In Overtime To Beat Camas 27-24
Written by Bryan Levesque on November 20, 2010
The Camas Papermakers never trailed the visiting Lakes Lancers, that is until the final play of the game in Overtime.
On a 4th and goal form the 5, Lakes coach Dave Miller went for the win. He got it.
Lakes RB Levonte Littlejohn sprinted 5 yards to the right and scored his 3rd rushing touchdown of the night sending the Lancers to the Tacoma Dome where they will meet the Bellevue Wolverines in the WIAA 3A Semifinals.
The game started out with 3 consecutive punts as 2 of the top 3A teams in the state (Camas ranked #3, Lakes ranked #6) felt each other out.
On the Papermakers second drive, things started to click and Addison Owen found his power runner shoes. Owen had several big runs on the 9 play 58 yard drive, that QB Tony Gennaro capped off with a 1 yard quarterback sneak. With 2:43 left in the opening quarter Camas led 7-0.
Lakes and Camas then each turned the ball over on downs.
On the Lancers first play after Camas could not pick up a first down at the Lakes 34, we saw our first flash of how good Littlejohn was. The Lakes RB busted past the line and riped off a nice 26 yard run, however he fumbled the football and Camas recovered it at their 40.
Following a Camas 3 and out, Lakes went 77 yards in 5 plays using less than 2 minutes of game clock, and tied the game with FB Artem Petryakov powered his way in from 3 yards out.
Camas with a very nice 10 play 67 yard drive eating up 4:44 of the clock and going back up 14-7 when Gennaro hit WR Jonathan Warner on a beautiful fade pass in the left corner of the end zone.
Lakes once again took no time to move down the field. After returning the kickoff to the 40, Lancers QB Cedric Dozier ran 55 yards on the first snap down to the Camas 5. 2 plays later Dozier flipped the option pitch to Littlejohn for the 4 yard touchdown run, tying the game at 14. The drive only took 48 seconds to go 60 yards in 3 plays.
On the Papermakers second drive of the 3rd quarter, they put together their best drive of the night, going 93 yards in 9 plays. Gennaro hit Jeremy Faulkner for a 26 yard pass, then hit Kyle Ervin for 8 more. Addison Owen had several 5+ yard runs as well. Tony Gennaro ran 15 yards down to the Lakes 2, setting up Owen’s 1 yard touchdown in which he dove up and over the line and in for the score. The 4:10 second drive left Camas up once more, now at 21-14 with 4:40 remaining in the 3rd quarter.
Lakes however once again had an answer. Littlejohn had runs of 8,25,3,23 and finally 2 yards on the 8 play 72 yard drive to tie the game at 21 with 1:54 left in the 3rd.
Early in the 4th it looked like Lakes might take their first lead of the game when the Lancers drove 58 yards down to the Camas 27, however on 4th and 10 Dozier ran up the middle and only got 9.
With 6:19 remaining in regulaion, Camas went on a potential game winning drive. Addison Owen picked up a 4th and 1, then 2 plays later ran 37 yards down to the Lakes 14. The drive stalled at the 8 and Roldan Alcobendas missed a 26 yard field goal with 2:20 left in the game, ending a 10 play 64 yard drive.
Lakes then used up the final 2:20 driving 69 yards down to the Camas 11 and with 3 seconds left in the game, Bo Wittig missed a 28 yard field goal forcing overtime.
Camas had the ball first, and after a couple of Owen runs got them down to the 19, Alcobendas hit the 36 yard field goal to put Camas up 24-21.
That’s when Lakes took over. Lavonte Littlejohn lost 3 yards on their first play, then gained 7. On 3rd down, Littlejohn ran down to the 15. On 4th and 5 Lakes went for it, and Littlejohn delivered a 13 yard run down to the Camas 2. After 2 attempts to punch it in up the middle, Camas stopped the big FB Petryakov both times, setting up a 3rd and goal at the 1. Lakes was then called for a false start, backing up the Lancers to the 6. Littlejohn only picked up a yard on 3rd down setting up the 4th and goal from the 5. That’s when Lakes again went for the win and Littlejohn ran right and found the end zone and the Lakes win.
Lavonte Littlejohn finished the game with 260 yards rushing on 30 carries and 3 touchdowns. QB Cedric Dozier ran for 152 yards on 21 carries.
Addison Owen finished the game with 166 rushing yards on 30 carries and Tony Gennaro was 17 of 25 for 167 yards and the 1 touchdown. Jeremy Faulkner had 8 catches for 108 yards and made several clutch catches in the game.
Camas falls to 11-1 on the season with the loss. Thats the 2nd time in 6 years that Lakes has come down to Camas and defeated an undefeated Camas Papermakers team in the playoffs. In 2005 Camas was 10-0 when they lost to Lakes 20-3 in the first round of the playoffs.
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