State champions get back to work

New-look Papermakers step up to the line against the Thunder

Scrimmages this spring are getting the Papermakers ready for game time on the gridiron.

Jordan Howes knows all about game time. The upcoming Camas High School senior was at the center of a history making, state championship-clinching season in 2016.

“It was honestly a really cool experience,” Howes said. “I was very lucky to be the center last year. I had some great guys beside me.

“We learned a lot from our seniors last year. We have some great leaders,” he added. “Defintiely lead the way that they led. Very hard hitting. Going 100 percent every practice and every play all the way through the season.”

Head coach Jon Eagle said about 120 football players are working hard this spring to earn playing time. The turnout could double by the fall, which should give the Papermakers plenty of depth.

“We like to have multiple kids playing positions so we can rotate a lot of players and develop,” Eagle said. “We’re always trying to work on depth and get as many players as we can game ready.”

Howes knows the Papermakers have to prove themselves all over again this fall. He’s looking forward to it.

“It’s a lot to live up to, but I know we can do it,” Howes said. “We all have big hearts out there.”