The Camas football players snagged a small trophy from their first trip to the Tacoma Dome. Next time, they want to bring home the big one.
“What it all came down to was missed opportunities,” said head coach Jon Eagle. “We had our chances to score, but you got to be able to come away with sevens and not threes.
“It’s too bad it had to end so fast and so hard,” he added. “Unless you win it all, it never ends pretty.”
O’Dea of Seattle earned a 21-13 victory over the Papermakers Friday, in the 3A state semifinals. The Fighting Irish grabbed an 11-point advantage in the first half. Camas cut the lead down to one in the third quarter, but couldn’t come up with any more points in the fourth. Despite their shortcomings in this game, the Papermakers made history this season by finishing third in state. They are the first Camas football team to play in the Tacoma Dome.
“Some day, we’ll be back here and it’s because of these seniors,” Eagle said. “We had 47 freshmen come out for football four years ago, and 14 of these guys stayed. We rode the backs of those 14, and they took us further than any Camas team has before.”