Kamiak edges Cascade for first victory of season | Football

Osbjornsen recovers fumble for touchdown, Crouse passes to James for winning 2-point conversion as Knights hold on for 14-13 win
By David Pan | Oct 10, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Kamiak senior running back Cameron Osbjornsen runs through the Cascade defense during a Wesco 4A game Friday, Oct. 5, at Goddard Stadium.

On a night when Kamiak honored its seniors, two of them and a sophomore quarterback making his first varsity start gave the Knights reason to celebrate.

Senior defensive lineman Cameron Osbjornsen recovered a fumble in the end zone after senior defensive back Malachi Goodman caused a fumble and sophomore quarterback Damon Crouse threw a pass to freshman wide receiver Dylan James for the go-ahead 2-point conversion, as Kamiak edged Cascade 14-13 in a Wesco 4A football game Friday, Oct. 5, at Goddard Stadium.

The victory was the first for the Knights (1-3 in the league, 1-5 overall), who had been outscored 262 to 13 in their previous five contests.

“It just feels really good,” Osbjornsen said. “It feels like all the hard work finally paid off. … The line was doing great. The defense was holding them, making tackles behind the line of scrimmage.”

First-year Kamiak coach Bryant Thomas was especially happy for the senior class.

“Those seniors have been busting their butts, doing everything we’ve asked,” he said. “The student body charged the field. Our support from our student body and our community has not waned. That felt really good to see.”

Crouse led the Kamiak offense after starting quarterback Hunter Bollschweiler and backup Nick Laman were sidelined with injuries.

“I definitely was not expecting to be playing quarterback Friday,” Crouse said. “I just played my best and did what the coaches told me to do.”

Crouse and the Kamiak offense misfired on their first drive, turning the ball over to the Bruins (0-4, 1-5) on an errant pitch. The Bruins took advantage of the turnover with a quick touchdown to take a 7-0 lead.

The Kamiak sophomore quarterback didn’t dwell on the turnover.

“You can’t let one play keep you down,” Crouse said. “After that play, I just realized that I needed to start pitching the ball a little better.”

Kamiak cut the deficit to 7-6 on a 1-yard touchdown run by Crouse, who’ll remember his first touchdown for a long time.

“A 1-yard TD in my first start is pretty amazing,” Crouse said. “It’s a great feeling.”

Thomas was impressed by the play of Crouse and the support his teammates provided.

“The team was rallying around him,” Thomas said.

Kamiak appeared to be on the verge of extending its lead in the fourth quarter on a lengthy drive. But on the 22nd play, Osbjornsen fumbled the ball on the Cascade 2 and the Bruins recovered.

It was gut check time for the Knights.

“It was an opportunity to put their heads down and fold up,” Thomas said.

Instead, two plays later Goodman forced a fumble.

“It popped up in the air, so I just dove for the ball and caught it in the end zone,” Osbjornsen said.

The successful 2-point conversion gave Kamiak a 14-7 lead. Cascade later scored on a 1-yard run to slice the Knights’ advantage to 14-13. A blocking penalty on the extra point pushed the Bruins back and they attempted a pass on a 2-point conversion that was caught out of bounds.

“I’m at defensive end,” Osbjornsen said. “I see them release and it’s going to the end zone. We had three guys around the receiver. I thought he’s not getting this. He did catch it, but it was out of bounds. That was a relief.”

Friday night’s victory seem to reverberate not only among the players but across the entire Kamiak campus on Monday.

“A lot of people are starting to believe,” Crouse said. “Even the atmosphere around school has changed. I think we’re going in the right direction.”

Osbjornsen agrees but added that the Knights need to continue to work hard.

“We’re still building that confidence up,” he said.

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