COEUR d’ALENE — When you put together a tough preseason schedule like Coeur d’Alene did, sometimes the win-loss record takes a hit, but the end result can turn out well worth it.
The Vikings emerged from this year’s preseason with a 3-2 record. They took on one of the top teams in California in the opener, Folsom, and lost 55-36.
On Friday night, Coeur d’Alene challenged Camas of Vancouver, ranked No. 2 in 4A in Washington, and kept up for most of the game before falling 49-30 on homecoming at Viking Stadium.
“I think we got out of our preseason what we wanted,” Coeur d’Alene coach Shawn Amos said. “I’d like to be 5-0 coming out of preseason, but we played some really good teams, and I think that’ll pay dividends down the road.”
Coeur d’Alene and Camas (4-0) combined for 1,117 yards of total offense — 610 by Coeur d’Alene. Viking quarterback Colson Yankoff passed for 475 yards — 340 of those in the first half — and four touchdowns.
Asked for Camas’ game plan against Yankoff, a junior who has committed to Oregon, Papermakers coach Jon Eagle replied, “Is there one? I don’t think there is one. I don’t think it worked, whatever it was. He’s a phenomenal talent ... you’re not going to stop him, you just have to kind of corral him ... but you don’t stop a guy like that. He’s tremendous.”
Camas scored on five of its six first-half possessions and led 35-24 at halftime.
In one second-quarter flurry, three touchdowns were scored in a five-play span.
“It was a helluva football game,” Amos said. “They’re very good — as advertised. I thought our kids played hard, not always clean, and with a team like that, you’ve got to play a really good football game. We’ll be able to take a lot from that film.”
Camas quarterback Jack Colletto passed for 240 of his 263 yards in the first half, mostly on bubble screens that were well-blocked by the visitors. The Papermakers turned to their ground game in the second half, and finished with 244 yards on the ground.
“Those are basically run plays for them,” Amos said of the bubble screens. “And they’re hard to tackle.”
Colletto also rushed for 105 yards, 58 coming on a second-quarter TD run where he broke through the line, then sped away from a defense that appeared poised to tackle him.
“It’s hard for high school kids to get on a bus and go this far,” Eagle said. “We don’t do this kind of thing very often. And we knew what we were getting into. We know all about Coeur d’Alene’s history and their tradition, and they looked really phenomenal on film. We hadn’t had a second half this season, so we had to play.”
Coeur d’Alene pulled within 42-30 on a 7-yard TD pass from Yankoff to Joe Vang with 8:47 left in the game.
But Camas responded with a 12-play, 60-yard drive, all but one play on the ground, capped by Michael Matthews’ fourth touchdown of the night, a 1-yard plunge with 1:48 left.
“That’s a tough defensive front to block,” Eagle said of Coeur d’Alene. “We call it organized chaos.”
Brody Lundblad caught five passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns. On the second one, in the second quarter, he caught a quick slant from Yankoff, broke a tackle and raced the rest of the way to complete to 90-yard scoring play.
Yankoff also rushed for 73 yards on 13 carries.
At halftime, Coeur d’Alene had 411 total yards, Camas 345.
Coeur d’Alene is idle next week, then opens 5A Inland Empire League play Oct. 7 at Lewiston.
Camas 14 21 7 7 — 49
Coeur d’Alene 3 21 0 6 — 30
Cd’A — FG Seth Harrison 20, 8:04
Camas — Michael Matthews 1 run (Michael Boyle kick), 5:58
Camas — Will Schultz 9 run (Boyle kick), :45
Cd’A — Brody Lundblad 41 pass from Colson Yankoff (Harrison kick), 10:11
Camas — Matthews 1 run (Boyle kick), 7:57
Cd’A — Cole Ramseyer 17 pass from Yankoff (run failed), 5:54
Camas — Jack Colletto 58 run (Boyle kick), 5:06
Cd’A — Lundblad 90 pass from Yankoff (Ross Chadderdon pass from Yankoff), 4:51
Camas — Cooper McNatt 4 pass from Colletto (Boyle kick), 2:00
Camas — Matthews 9 run (Boyle kick), 2:10
Cd’A — Joe Vang 7 pass from Yankoff (kick blocked), 8:47
Camas — Matthews 1 run (Boyle kick), 1:48
RUSHING — Camas, Matthews 14-83, Colletto 12-105, Owen 1-(minus 9), Schultz 9-64, McClellan 1-1. Cd’A, Vang 8-32, Yankoff 13-73, Anderson 5-19, Beggerly 2-5, Throm 1-6.
PASSING — Camas, Colletto 23-33-1-263. Cd’A, Yankoff 35-49-0-475, Leifer 0-1-0-0, Sumner 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING — Camas, Rushall 3-14, Owen 5-40, McNatt 8-103, Matthews 1-3, Nghiem 4-20, Howington 1-34, Shelton 1-9. Cd’A, Sumner 7-82, Vang 5-44, Lundblad 5-150, Ramseyer 6-50, Anderson 3-18, Leifer 1-37, Throm 1-8, Matheson 4-53, Dawson 2-19, Beggerly 2-17.
LOREN BENOIT/Press Kallen Langley looks to the Coeur d'Alene sideline as he celebrates his interception against Camas High School on Friday night at Viking Stadium.
LOREN BENOIT/Press Brody Lundblad catches a deep pass from Coeur d'Alene High quarterback Cole Yankoff during Friday's game against Camas High School.