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Camas football preview: Papermakers poised to keep winning tradition

The Columbian
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A lot of pieces are required to put together the final puzzle that makes a high school football team.

Some pieces need to be plugged in elsewhere, or others may take longer to find all together.

Camas’ current running back situation, though? There’s plenty of pieces to go around. Coach Jon Eagle believes he has three varsity-level backs: Zach Terry, Blake Deringer and Randy Yaacoub.

“That’s pretty good depth,” he said.

Deringer and Yaacoub had season-ending injuries in 2017, but Deringer returned to show off his blazing speed by placing in the 100- and 200-meter finals to help the Papermakers win the 4A state track and field title.

Does that hint to more of a run-oriented offense? After all, the wide receiver corps range from 6-foot-4 to 6-foot-6.

But one piece that won’t need fine-tuning is an group of linemen that have size, experience and “as good of depth as we’ve ever had” on both sides of the line.

Senior kicker-punter Andrew Boyle is the team’s only returning all-league player and is expected to start at quarterback. But if there’s one consistency Camas has each year, it’s winning with many new faces.

The program has reached the state playoffs every year since 2010, and while last year snapped a seven-year reign as league champions coupled with a first-round state playoff exit, that has only provided fuel to keep the Camas locomotive going.

It’s a tradition, after all, senior Dawson Ingram said.

“The road’s already been paved,” he said. “We have guys willing to step up and we’ve already had it. Teams ahead of us already motivate us … that’s a big motivation.”

Senior receiver and strong safety Shane Jamison is the only player left from the 2016 state championship team. Preparation is key, Jamison said, and few have done it better than Camas.

“We’ve done it before, and we feel we can do it again,” he said. “And why not this year?”

3 THINGS TO KNOW

• Program has reached 4A state playoffs in eight consecutive seasons.

• WR/DB Shane Jamison is only player who played in 2016 state championship game.

• Senior Andrew Boyle, the team’s only returning all-leaguer, hit 37 of 39 PATs.

2017: 9-2, 4-1 4A GSHL. Reached first round of state playoffs

Schedule

Home games at Doc Harris Stadium

League games in bold

Aug. 31 at Lincoln (Tacoma) 7 p.m.

Sept. 7 Hazen 7 p.m.

Sept. 14 at West Valley (Yakima) 7 p.m.

Sept. 21 Bellevue 7 p.m.

Sept. 28 at Heritage 4:30 p.m.

Oct. 4 at Sumner 7 p.m.

Oct. 11 Battle Ground 7 p.m.

Oct. 19 Skyview 7 p.m.

Oct. 26 at Union 7:30 p.m.

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