CAMAS — Union football’s 17-9 victory over Camas on Friday night will go down as one of the more intriguing entries in the history books of Clark County’s highest-profile rivalry. Not only for its peculiarity — it was played on a chilly, wet February night at an empty Doc Harris Stadium — but also for its meaningfulness.
It was a matchup between the 2018 and 2019 4A State champions, and neither team had played for 15 months. In a shortened season with no state tournament, the season-opener was also the biggest game on the schedule.
To escape with a win over a rival and the defending state champion after not competing for 468 days was ecstasy for the Titans.
“We’ve been at this for 15 months, working out in garages, trying to find the time to get better,” senior captain Therman Bibens said. “It’s a big hurdle to get over. Now we just have to finish.”
Alex Gehrmann threw for 141 yards on 15-of-23 passing, Jake Bowen hauled in four passes for 77 yards and Jaydon Jones and Kellen Milliken had short scoring rushes for Union. Sonny Pitts added a 45-yard field goal, a school record. But it was the defense that ruled the day.