Folks around the state might glance at Camas’ 5-3 record and overlook the Papermakers.
That’s just fine with Camas.
Playing perhaps their most complete game of the season, the Papermakers rolled past rival Union 49-13 on Friday, making Camas’ 0-3 start to the season feel like a distant memory.
“Those three teams are some of the best teams in the region,” senior defensive lineman Holt Williams said, referring to Yelm, Glacier Peak and Lincoln of Tacoma — Camas’ first three opponents. “I think those really just prepared us for these tougher games down the road. A lot of these other teams we’re playing now haven’t seen the competition that we have.”
Prairie 13, Evergreen 6
Prairie’s hopes of finishing the season on a positive, and perhaps even extending it beyond Week 9, were kept alive in a 13-6 win over Evergreen at McKenzie Stadium.
The Plainsmen (6-2, 2-1 3A GSHL) can still clinch a share of the league title with a win next week against Kelso, but a loss could lead to a scenario where Prairie (5-3, 1-2), Evergreen and Mountain View are all tied for second place.
Washougal 28, Columbia River 23
With a gritty 28-23 win over Columbia River on Friday, the Panthers clinched a share of their first league title since they won the Trico League in 1999.
Washougal (7-1, 6-0) will be the No. 1 seed out of the Class 2A Greater St. Helens League. The Panthers hold a one-game lead over Mark Morris and can wrap up the title outright with a win over Hockinson next Friday in the regular-season finale.
Skyview 39, Battle Ground 6
Jake Kennedy threw for two touchdowns and ran for two as the Skyview Storm beat Battle Ground 39-6 Friday at soggy District Stadium.
The win by the Storm (6-2, 1-1 4A Greater St. Helens League) sets up what is essentially a playoff game next week against Union for the remaining state playoff berth from the 4A GSHL.
Castle Rock 43, King’s Way Christian 0
Owen Langdon scored three touchdowns and Stephen Ibsen added two more and the Castle Rock defense smothered the Knights in a Trico League win.
The win set up Castle Rock (7-1, 4-0) for a showdown for the league title next week at La Center.
Seton Catholic 53, Fort Vancouver 6
Joe Callerame accounted for 158 yards from scrimmage and scored two touchdowns rushing, one touchdown receiving and one on an interception return and Kolten Gesser was a perfect 11-for-11 with 202 yards passing, helping the Seton Catholic Cougars to a 53-6 win over Fort Vancouver at a rainy, cold, windy Kiggins Bowl.
Mark Morris 14, Woodland 12
Kellen Desbiens threw a fourth-quarter touchdown and go-ahead two-point conversion as the Monarchs survived a defensive struggle in tough conditions in Longview.
Stevenson 14, Kalama 12
Kacen Bach kicked a 32-yard field goal in the final minute to lift Stevenson to a 14-12 win in a Central 2B League game in Cathlamet.
La Center vs. Columbia-White Salmon
The Trico League game was postponed because of a power outage at White Salmon. No announcement on a reschedule time was announced.
Othello vs. Kelso
The non-league game was canceled after Kelso High School was put on lockdown Friday afternoon.
Toledo 35, Kalama 0
The rain did not stop the Toledo offense as it ran off with a 35-0 win over Kalama to capture the school’s first league title since 2016.