CAMAS VALLEY — Bridger Godfrey had no defense from Camas Valley’s homecoming court Saturday.
A senior defensive end for the Hornets, Godfrey received aid in fixing his homecoming king sash and crown during the halftime ceremonies. What he and the C.V. defense did to Riddle in the Class 1A eight-man Special District 2 West game was something else.
Godfrey pounced on three fumbles and Bryson Wolfe ran for three scores and passed for three more as the Hornets posted a 56-0 victory in a showdown of the top two teams in SD2W.
The win assured Camas Valley (5-1, 4-0) the league title. Riddle (5-2, 3-1) will finish second with a win over Butte Falls on Friday.
“This really means a lot to us,” Godfrey said of the league title. “We didn’t really expect it at the beginning of the year, but we’ve come a long way and we started to block a little better.”
Riddle, in its first year competing as a 1A school after several years as an independent 2A playing an eight-man schedule, gave the Hornets a stern test for much of the game.
“Early on, their defensive scheme against our offense was well executed,” 19th-year C.V. coach Eli Wolfe said. “Other than getting a big play and scoring, we were missing some blocks up front and give those (Riddle) kids credit, they were playing hard and they were tackling our kids in space.”
Bryson Wolfe broke a 59-yard TD run on the first play from scrimmage, giving Camas Valley a 6-0 lead 17 seconds into the game, but that was about it for the next 20 minutes.
Riddle’s defense flew around the field and kept C.V. from finding any consistent success. On offense, the Irish drove the field over and over, only to be turned away by Godfrey and the rest of the Hornets’ D.
Seven times, Camas Valley forced turnovers — four fumbles and three interceptions. It was more than the Irish could overcome.
“We fought real hard, but we had some injuries there at the start of the second quarter,” Riddle coach Russell Hobson said. “Our quarterback-safety went down and then our linebacker went down and those are two key seniors that we lost. I think we lost our heads a little bit, dropped our heads a bit and we got beat up there.”
Irish quarterback Cameron McMichael went down early in the second quarter and was replaced by freshman Justin Jenks. Shortly thereafter, senior Donovan Hargraves went to the sidelines and didn’t return. That left Jenks, senior Nate Hopkins and junior Colby Greer to carry the offensive load and left the Irish with a mish-mash on defense.
“We had a lot of moving pieces when 3 (McMichael) and 21 (Hargraves) went down,” Hobson said. “We were moving pieces the rest of the afternoon and we had a lot of people play different places. I’m real proud of the effort they put in.”
With those guys out, Riddle came up with a fourth-down stop on defense near midfield, but on first down the Irish coughed up the ball and set up C.V. at its own 49.
Bryson Wolfe connected with Tristan Casteel for a 51-yard score and a 14-0 lead after Justin Standley’s conversion run with 5:32 left in the half. Bryson Wolfe added two more scoring passes before the quarter ended — a 22-yarder with 1:25 to go and a 59-yarder with 16.9 seconds left, both to Justin Standley.
“They did their homework, they were prepared for our offense,” Bryson Wolfe said. “We just had to adjust some things.
“I’m pretty comfortable with 10 yards, after that I’m pushing it and it’s not pretty, but Jared Hunt did a nice job and my ends, Nathan O’Connor and Tristan Casteel caught some balls.”
Up 28-0 at the half — when Godfrey received his crown alongside the homecoming queen, Natasha Hibdon — it took until the fourth quarter for C.V. to put the game out of reach.
Bryson Wolfe scored on runs of 5 and 1 to make it 44-0, then the defense broke through with scores.
“Turnovers killed us and we have to do a better job there,” Hobson said. “When you’re going to play football you have to be efficient there.”
Freshman Jared Standley, also a member of the homecoming court, had an interception in the third quarter, then came up with a scoop and score on a 25-yard fumble return after Gabe May tackled Jenks as the Irish player tried to corral an errant snap with 6:33 remaining, triggering a running clock the remainder of the game. Freshman River Wolfe, the cousin of Bryson and the nephew of Eli, intercepted a pass at the 20 and returned it for a score to cap the rout.
“Our kids flew around,” Eli Wolfe said. “But if you’re going to beat a decent team, you can’t turn the ball over and unfortunately for Riddle, they had some big turnovers in some key moments.”
C.V. will host Myrtle Point on Saturday. Both teams are likely to be involved in SD2 playoffs the following week.
Riddle 0 0 0 0 — 0
CamasValley 6 22 8 20 — 56
C.V. — Bryson Wolfe 59 run (run fail), 11:43
C.V. — Tristan Casteel 51 pass from B. Wolfe (Justin Standley run), 5:32
C.V. — Ju. Standley 22 pass from B. Wolfe (pass fail), 1:25
C.V. — Ju. Standley 59 pass from B. Wolfe (Jared Hunt pass from B. Wolfe), 0:16.9
C.V. — B. Wolfe 5 run (Casteel pass from B. Wolfe), 7:12
C.V. — B. Wolfe 1 run (B. Wolfe run), 9:53
C.V. — Jared Standley 25 fumble return (pass fail), 6:33
C.V. — River Wolfe 20 interception return (run fail), 2:42