Live from Camas, it’s High School Blitz.
The KATU News cameras were rolling at Doc Harris Stadium Friday night, as the Papermaker football team disposed of the Prairie Falcons 35-6.
Quarterback Tony Gennaro threw for 188 yards and two touchdowns to Zach Eagle and John Norcross. Zack Marshall rushed for 98 yards and a touchdown. Nate Beasley finished with two touchdown runs and two interceptions.
Senior defensive back John Payne said the Papermakers were steaming after last week’s loss to Skyview, and they took their frustrations out on the Falcons.
“Every loss either makes you or breaks you,” he said. “That loss to Skyview made us. We’re not going to lose any more games. From here on out, we just refuse to lose.”
After the game, more than 200 students waited anxiously in the gym with the football players, cheerleaders and marching band to be on television. At 11:30 p.m., Camas went live to the Vancouver and Portland Metro areas.
“Our school has a great band, cheerleaders and a great football program overall,” Payne said. “It’s just nice to be recognized for all that we do.”
After 48 minutes of smash mouth football, Payne and his teammates were looking forward to enjoying a slice of pizza. There was only one problem.
“We ordered like 40 something boxes of pizza, and it was all gone before we got here,” Payne said.
Getting the recognition was worth going hungry.
“It’s just such a great experience for our whole school and our football program,” Payne said.
On top of his two touchdown runs, Beasley’s interception was selected as the High School Blitz Play of the Night.
“When I saw that ball, I knew I was going to get it,” Beasley said. “For it to be selected as the Play of the Night just adds to the excitement of getting to that ball.”
Camas improves to 3-0 in league, and 4-1 overall. The Papermakers return to Kiggins Bowl Friday, to play Hudson’s Bay. Kick off is at 5 p.m.