Union football’s 14-13 victory over Camas in 2017 solidified the direction of the Titans program. Without that victory on a crisp October night at Doc Harris Stadium, does Union go on to win the title the next season?
“No, I don’t think so,” Union coach Rory Rosenbach said. “That catapulted and propelled us. It lit that fire.”
The victory, which ended a 58-game regular-season win streak by the Papermakers and sealed a 4A Greater St. Helens League title, set a blueprint for the Titans. In the biggest games, Union’s defense could stifle anybody. In the biggest moments, their stars could perform.
After falling behind 13-0 in the first half — a death sentence for most teams facing Camas, Rosenbach said — the Titans rallied back in the fourth quarter. A 19-yard Lincoln Victor pass on fourth-and-12 hit Aiden Nellor on a seam route in the end zone for Union’s first score.
“I honestly didn’t know it was fourth down,” Nellor said in a recent interview. Nellor now plays tight end at Eastern Washington University. “I just knew I’d be open and there was one guy to beat.”