Local coach says Camas can beat Skyline

By Paul Valencia, Columbian high school sports reporter

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A Clark County coach who knows a thing or two about Skyline says Camas has a "great chance" to beat the Spartans in the Class 4A state semifinals.

"They're playing hot," Skyview coach Steve Kizer said of the Papermakers. "When we played Skyline, we were beat up. Camas looks fast and strong."

Skyline beat Skyview in the 4A state championship game last December, 38-7.

The Skyline offense might be too good to shut down completely, but Kizer said it will help Camas' cause if the Papermakers can make the Spartans earn the points they do score.

"Don't give them any cheap ones," he said.

While all the talk involving Skyline usually centers around the offense, the Skyline defense dominated a pretty good offense last year in that Skyview game.

Camas coach Jon Eagle said he noticed that.

"It's like looking in the mirror. They play defense like us," Eagle said. "Very athletically sound, well coached, and a physical defensive line."

With USC-bound Max Browne as Skyline's quarterback, the defense can get overlooked a bit.

Kizer and Eagle are two coaches who know the Skyline defense is plenty worthy of attention.