Camas High School football players Drew Clarkson, Michael DiGenova, Zach Eagle and Reilly Hennessey are graciously accepting statewide awards, but it takes a village to make history.
The Papermakers went 13-1 this season and became the school’s first football team to play in the state championship game, at the Tacoma Dome. The 27-26 loss to Chiawana, of Pasco, still stings weeks later. The pain might not completely go away, but this team will always be remembered for what it accomplished.
“It’s humbling to know you’re getting recognition all around the state for all the blood, sweat and tears. We’ve opened people’s eyes and let them know what Camas football is all about,” Hennessey said. “These awards have our names on them, but they really are a reflection of all the people around us.”
Hennessey is the recipient of two major rewards. He is the 2013 Gatorade Washington Football Player of the Year and the Class 4A All-State Player of the Year, selected by the Associated Press. He racked up 3,387 passing yards and 38 touchdowns this season. DiGenova, Eagle, Nate Beasley, James Price, Jorden Payne, Slav Makhalets and Dylan White took those footballs into the end zone. Several times, Hennessey said they made his job look easy.
Eagle earned a first-team selection to the AP all-state team as a wide receiver. He made 65 catches for 1,282 yards and 13 touchdowns. Eagle was a triple threat as a receiver, kick returner and a defensive back. In the state quarterfinal game against Eastlake, of Sammamish, Eagle snagged a 78-yard touchdown pass and then returned a fumble for a touchdown three plays later.