After nine weeks of climbing, the Camas High School football team reached the top of the 3A Greater St. Helens League.
“A lot of hard work went into this by our players and coaches,” said head coach Jon Eagle. “I am so proud of our kids for how hard they have fought in the last nine weeks to get to this point. Now, it’s time to have some fun. The playoffs are all about fun.”
The Papermakers defeated the Kelso Hilanders 24-13 Friday, at Doc Harris Stadium, to become league champions for the first time since 2007. Seniors Logan Grindy and Brent Hill connected on a breathtaking 15 yard touchdown pass in the right corner of the end zone. Before the crowd could settle down, Hill knocked the ball loose from a Kelso receiver and wound up back in the end zone for his second touchdown in 19 seconds.
“It’s good to start out hot like we did, but we have to keep the foot on the throttle. We almost let this one slip through our fingers,” Hill said. “We underestimated Kelso. We thought they weren’t going to be as hard as they were. Good teams can’t do that.”
The Hilanders scored their first touchdown following a fumbled punt return near the end of the first quarter. The Papermakers made three long drives into scoring position in the second quarter, but could not finish the deal.