CAMAS — This game looked good on paper last spring when the schedules were confirmed.
Not so much in late September, though.
A matchup between quality programs turned into a mismatch of the undefeated against the winless going into Week 4 of the Washington high school football season.
The undefeated remains undefeated.
Camas crushed Lakes of Lakewood 49-0 Friday night at Doc Harris Stadium, as the top-ranked Class 4A team in Washington finished its non-league part of the schedule with another easy victory. The Papermakers have outscored opponents 213-45 in their four wins.
The Camas offense put on another impressive show, but so did the Camas defense.
The Papermakers held the Lancers to 8 yards of rushing in the first half, and after Camas scored six touchdowns in the first two quarters, the second half was all played under the running clock rule.
“For us, it’s not about the hype,” said Camas linebacker Brad Hansen, who had a sack and two other tackles for loss. “If our offense is doing the job, we have to do our job, too. If they’re putting up points, we can’t allow any.”
That’s the competition between the offense and defense, and it’s a winning combination for all of Camas football.
Reilly Hennessey completed 11 of 17 passes for 279 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for a TD in his half of action. James Price caught three passes for 105 yards and a touchdown. Seven different Papermakers found the end zone.
Lakes, on the other hand, never ran a play inside the Camas 20-yard line.
“It’s crazy,” Hansen said of the defense. “I’m surprised I got so many solo tackles because our defense swarms so fast that usually by the time you see it, five people have their hands on someone.”
Lakes went three-plays and punt on the first possession of the game. Camas scored two plays later, on a Nate Beasley 14-yard run.
Less than two minutes into the game, the rout had started.
Price said the Papermakers did not concern themselves with Lakes’ 0-3 mark coming into the game.
“We try to play against a faceless opponent,” he said. “We come out and expect a battle from everybody.”
This battle was over 12 minutes into the game, with Camas up 28-0. The Papermakers gained 212 yards in the first quarter.
“Coaching. Repetition. And every day, we’re doing the right things to get better,” Price said.
Hennessey also figured the game to be a bit more competitive.
“They obviously didn’t play as well as they’d have liked to, but credit to our guys,” Hennessey said. “Our o-line was on. The only time I felt pressure was on the rushing touchdown.”
It was that kind of night for Camas. The only time the Lancers came close to touching Hennessey, he took off for the touchdown that made it 28-0.
Michael DiGenova got behind the Lakes defense to haul in a 75-yard TD pass from Hennessey. Cole Zarcone got in the act on a 4-yard touchdown run. Price had his TD on a 54-yard wide receiver screen. Zach Eagle ended the first-half scoring with an 8-yard pass from Hennessey.
“I thought we did a lot of nice things,” Camas coach Jon Eagle said. “Our defense slowed down their talented players. Our offensive line’s pass protection was very good. I thought we were very efficient on offense.”
Jordan Del Moral capped the scoring with a 13-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.
By then, most of the Papermakers were thinking of next week, the start of league play.
“We’re zero and zero,” Hansen said. “It’s fun being 4-0, but all that matters now is winning our league games.”
Camas opens the Class 4A Greater St. Helens League schedule with a road game against Skyview.
“Preseason, non-league, that chunk of season is over,” Hennessey said. “Now we focus on the meat of our schedule. I’m looking forward to getting back to practice.”
CAMAS 49, LAKES 0
Lakes 0 0 0 0– 0
Camas 28 14 0 7–49
Cam — Nate Beasley 14 run (Caleb Lightbourn kick)
Cam — Michael DiGenova 75 pass from Reilly Hennessey (Caleb Lightbourn kick)
Cam — Cole Zarcone 4 run (Caleb Lightbourn kick)
Cam — Hennessey 8 run (Caleb Lightbourn kick)
Cam — James Price 54 pass from Hennessey (Caleb Lightbourn kick)
Cam — Zach Eagle 8 pass from Hennessey (Caleb Lightbourn kick)
Cam — Jordan Del Moral 13 run (Caleb Lightbourn kick)
RUSHING — Lakes: Peter Bostic 2-0, Nick Webster 7-(minus-2), Yisrael Stephens 9-9, Kemonee Jenkins 1-(minus-2), Caleb Lyons 2-9, Xzavier Weston 2-(minus-6), Andrew Pinkney 4-54, Wladimir Salas 2-(minus-1), Keinan Crutcher 1-8, Terrell Bromer 1-(minus-2), Melvin Miller 1-2, Jaiave Magalei 2-(minus-5). Camas — Beasley 7-36, Zarcone 9-80, Hennessey 1-8, Del Moral 11-69, Liam Fitzgerald 1-2.
PASSING — Lakes: Webster 7-12-1-92, Jenkins 1-1-0-15. Camas: Hennessey 11-17-1-279, Fitzgerald 0-1-0-0, Jake Peebles 1-1-0-3.
RECEIVING — Lakes: Lyons 4-24, Jenkins 1-6, Cale Lindsay 1-27, Bryson Foster 1-25, Stephens 1-15. Camas: Price 3-105, DiGenova 2-84, Eagle 3-55, Beasley 1-4, Jorden Payne 1-16, Dylan White 1-15, Sean Ramage 1-3.