CAMAS — It wasn’t much of a challenge.
And, really, Camas’ football playoff win over Bainbridge on Friday wasn’t entirely a thing of beauty for the Papermakers.
Camas made plenty of mistakes, but had no problem with overmatched Spartans in a 58-0 win. And the Papermakers had no problem enjoying a Class 3A state preliminary-round playoff win.
“It’s great,” said running back Zack Marshall, who scored three first-half touchdowns. “We’re just trying to live up to what last year’s senior class did and surpass them. We continue to get better each and every day.”
Last season, the Papermakers won a state playoff game for the first time, beating Juanita before losing to Lakes in the state quarterfinals.
Next week, the 2011 Papermakers will try to make a state playoff win part of their legacy when Kennedy Catholic of Burien visits Camas.
That game is tentatively scheduled for 7 p.m. next Friday at Doc Harris Stadium.
Bainbridge finished the season 5-5, but could not generate any offense against a Camas defense that shut down the Spartans ground game and pressured quarterback Chris Bell all night.
“I thought we controlled the run,” Camas coach Jon Eagle said. “We played back deep enough that we didn’t let their receivers get loose and we forced them to do things they’re not used to doing and to throw the ball short.”
By halftime, Camas led 42-0 and had outgained Bainbridge 369-50. The final numbers had the Papermakers outgaining the Spartans 438-136, with 67 of Bainbridge’s yards coming on the final drive against Camas reserves.
Camas quarterback Tony Gennaro threw for 319 yards and five touchdowns, four of those in the first half.
He completed 14 of 20 passes, and his numbers might have been even better had not penalties wiped out three big plays, and had not Camas receivers dropped several deep passes.
“This was the result of a great week of practice from the whole team,” Gennaro said. “It feels amazing to come out here in the first week of the playoffs and make a statement.”
Marshall, who in the first half had 108 yards and two touchdowns rushing and a 40-yard catch-and-run for another score, credited the Papermakers’ offensive line for a smart effort.
“The O-line was doing a fantastic job all night,” Marshall said. “Although (Bainbridge) stacked the box, the O-line picked it all up and handled it wonderfully.”
The most satisfying number for the Papermakers on Friday was the zero under Bainbridge on the scoreboard. The shutout was secured when the reserves stuffed a Spartan at inside the 10-yard line on the final play of the game.
“That is so important to get that shutout,” Gennaro said. “That was amazing. The defense did a heck of a job. They’ve been outstanding this whole season, and they’re just getting better and better. It’s fun to watch.”
The defense even contributed a touchdown when Spartan quarterback Bell was sacked and fumbled early in the fourth quarter. Michael Digenova scooped up the ball and took it 41 yards to the end zone for the game’s final touchdown.
What Eagle is enjoying most is watching this group of seniors write its own success story.
“What’s satisfying is that last year’s senior class got so much attention, and now the next one right behind them is going to accomplish some great things,” Eagle said. “It’s fun for me.”
CAMAS 58, BAINBRIDGE 0
Bainbridge 0 0 0 0— 0
Camas 21 21 6 10—58
Cam — Zack Marshall 40 pass from Tony Gennaro(Roldan Alcobendas kick), 3:50.
Cam — Marshall 21 run (Alcobendas kick), 0:36.
Cam — John Payne 61 pass from Gennaro (Alcobendas kick), 0:30.
Cam — Jonathan Warner 22 pass from Gennaro (Alcobendas kick), 9:08.
Cam — Marshall 1 run (Alcobendas kick), 1:58.
Cam — Payne 23 pass from Gennaro (Alcobendas kick), 0:15.
Cam — Nathan Beasley 41 pass from Gennaro (kick blocked), 9:49.
Cam — Nikko Devera 30 FG
Cam — Michael Digenova 41 fumble return (Devera kick), 3:20
Rushing — Bainbridge: Thomas Wysong 5-8, Connor Winship 2-7, Joshua Fitch 1-13, Chris Bell 5-9, Ben Kussie 4-11, Joshua Fitch 2-22, Brian Hulbert 4-47. Camas: Zack Marshall 16-103, Nathan Beasley 1-(minua 2), Zach Eagle 1-9, Tony Gennaro 1-0, Jonathan Warner 2-51, Vincente Huber 4-15, Jared Borja 2-(minus 2).
Passing — Bainbridge: Chris Bell 4-18-2-31. Camas: Tony Gennaro 14-20-0-319, Reilly Hennessey 0-1-0-0.
Receiving — Bainbridge: Aaron Nordberg 2-14, Kussie 1-15, Jake Brigham 1-2. Camas: Zach Eagle 2-30, Jonathan Warner 2-37, Jordan Payne 3-114, Connor Maloney 2-20, Marshall 1-40, John Norcross 2-28, Beasley 1-41, Jack Beall 1-9.