Practice opens today for high school football

Every program gets fresh start to achieve something remarkable

By Paul Valencia, Columbian high school sports reporter

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A year ago, we knew this was the beginning of something special for at least one football team.

Even in the middle of August, we all knew Camas was going to be awesome.

The Papermakers were, too, falling one play short of an undefeated season and a state championship.

That close to perfection.

But still, a special season.

Now we come to the official start of practice for the 2014 Washington high school football season. The beauty of this day is, right now, every team believes it will do something special.

No, not every team has the talent to make a November run in the playoffs and get to that first weekend in December to play for the title.

But every team has the potential for a huge win.

Maybe there is a big upset for a program that has been struggling of late.

Maybe a winning season can be achieved.

Or a playoff berth after a long drought.

The goals vary, depending on the program. But every program has a shot at doing something worthy. On this day, we celebrate that spirit.

The Columbian will be heading out to the practice fields, preparing for feature stories on all Class 4A and 3A teams from Clark County.

The previews will begin Sunday when we look at how reclassification has changed the local landscape. Only four teams in the 3A Greater St. Helens League? Yep.

Then on Monday, we begin a 10-day trip around the 4A and 3A Greater St. Helens leagues.

We will have a feature and breakout information on the 2A and 1A teams in our region.

That will lead us to the first Friday of the season.

The marquee game that night?

Just a little battle between Camas and Chiawana — the two teams that ended the 2013 season in the Tacoma Dome last December, in an unforgettable battle that went down to the final play of the game.