CAMAS VALLEY — Bryson Wolfe and the Hornets were ready for this one.
One of five seniors playing on their home field for the final time, Bryson Wolfe delivered a memorable performance as Camas Valley whipped Elkton, 40-12, on Saturday in a first-round game of the OSAA Class 1A eight-man football playoffs.
The eighth-seeded Hornets (7-1) advanced to a quarterfinal game at No. 1 Dufur (10-0) next Saturday. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.
The Rangers, the three-time defending state champions, overpowered No. 16 Bonanza 62-7 Friday at home.
Bryson Wolfe, a 5-foot-7, 150-pounder, carried the ball 19 times for 148 yards and five touchdowns, passed for 105 yards and one TD and helped the defense shut out No. 9 Elkton (8-2) over the last three quarters.
The Hornets — with former C.V. state champion coaches Bob Phelps and Bill Welch in attendance — were full of adrenaline and intensity after not playing last week.
“It was the last home game for the seniors. I wanted to come out and put everything I had into it and knew my teammates wanted to do the same,” said Bryson Wolfe, who moved from running back to quarterback this season. “There was a lot of passion behind our offense and defense today. We really wanted to go out there and get the win.”
The Hornets only led 14-12 after one quarter, but broke the contest open with three touchdowns in the second period to take a 34-12 advantage at intermission.
Elkton scored early on a 54-yard pass from Austin Luzier to Mason Cox and got a 65-yard kickoff return from Jase Billman for a TD with 6:49 left in the first quarter, but wouldn’t find the end zone again.
“It was a team effort,” Camas Valley coach Eli Wolfe said. “The kids rallied when they needed to rally. (Assistant coach Pete) Dancer always has those guys clicking on all cylinders and playing with a lot of fire (on defense) and it was impressive today.”
“The second quarter is really what it came down to,” Elkton coach Bill Shaw said. “We had some key penalties that hurt us and stopped a couple of drives. We weren’t able to get a stop when we needed one there, especially towards the end of the first half. We made them sustain drives, but they got points out of it and we couldn’t answer. That was the swing point of the game.”
The Elks entered the contest averaging 51.1 points a game, but were limited to one offensive touchdown. The Hornets shut down their running game, limiting them to 55 yards on 23 carries.
“We stepped up and played Camas Valley football,” Bryson Wolfe said.
“Just the four-man front (created problems),” Luzier said. “We just tried to run down the middle on them and they stopped it every time. Those guys are really good.”
Jared Hunt led the Hornets with nine tackles and made a key interception in the third quarter. Bryson Wolfe had seven tackles, while Bridger Godfrey had six tackles and a fumble recovery.
“A lot of our game is built on the run. They were able to fill the three and four gaps and keep us from making yards where we’re used to making yards,” Shaw said. “They forced us to throw a lot more than we want to throw. We had trouble blocking the interior.”
C.V. finished with 470 yards total offense, 365 coming on the ground. The Hornets compiled 26 first downs, Elkton eight.
In addition to Bryson Wolfe, Hunt ran for 109 yards on 17 carries and Justin Standley added 97 yards on 15 attempts.
Tristan Casteel caught four passes for 64 yards, including a 23-yard TD near the end of the second quarter.
The Hornets’ offensive line is comprised of center Garrett Casteel, and guards Godfrey and Max Brown. Nate Powell also substitutes in.
“We switched our defenses a lot and nothing seemed to work,” said Luzier. “They executed very well.”
Bryson Wolfe had scoring runs of 30, 11, 1, 12 and 9 yards. His final TD, which came with 1:43 left in the third period, was the only score of the second half.
“My blockers did an outstanding job for me,” he said. “We were able to get a couple of scoring plays to our backs and ends, and I’m proud of them.”
“(Bryson Wolfe) showed up today,” Shaw said. “We knew he was good. We spent some time trying to focus on how we were going to contain him and had a hard time stopping him.”
Elkton’s leading rusher was Trentyn Halstead, who finished with 46 yards on 11 carries. Luzier was pressured throughout and was 8 of 16 passing for 150 yards. Cox made three receptions for 94 yards.
C.V. has won nine straight from Elkton.
Eight Elkton seniors played their final game: Luzier, Billman, Halstead, Cox, Jaydn Woody, Gunnar Lynn, Spencer Moore and Mark Russell.
“I wouldn’t have wanted to play with anybody else,” Luzier said. “I love the coaches, I love my class, I love my team. It was a solid year.”
Eli Wolfe, meanwhile, is excited about getting to coach his team at least another week.
“The way our kids played and the crowd we had was amazing,” he said, showing emotion. “It was pretty special. It was a special day to be playing football.
“We talk about belief and opportunities, and this is a great opportunity. Everybody else has written Dufur in (to win the quarterfinal), but what do we have to lose? We’ll go up there and play with everything we’ve got.”
Elkton 12 0 0 0 — 12
C. Valley 14 20 6 0 — 40
CV — B. Wolfe 30 run (T. Casteel pass from Wolfe), 11:12
E — Cox 54 pass from Luzier (pass failed), 10:26
CV — B. Wolfe 11 run (pass failed), 6:59
E — Billman 65 kickoff return (pass failed), 6:48
CV — B. Wolfe 1 run (O’Connor pass from Wolfe), 11:57
CV — B. Wolfe 12 run (pass failed), 3:39
CV — T. Casteel 23 pass from B. Wolfe (run failed), 17.5
CV — B. Wolfe 9 run (pass failed), 1:43