Papermakers have now won 53 straight games

Papermakers have now won 53 straight games

Camas Papermakers (3-0)

Week 1: Camas 35, Central Catholic (Ore.) 13

Week 2: Camas 34, Sherwood (Ore.) 12

Week 3: Camas 52, Davis 19

Next: Coeur d’Alene (Idaho) at Camas, 7 p.m., Friday at Doc Harris Stadium

That makes 53 regular-season wins in a row, and the Papermakers sported a new, old look in this one.

Seeing red:

It had been more than a decade since the Camas Papermakers wore red jerseys.

Now, it will be tough for the Papermakers to stop wearing red. The players loved them. The fans did, too.

Camas special teams players, sporting the new red jerseys, surround a Davis lineman after he recovered a punt that was blocked by the Papermakers. It was the first time in more than a decade that Camas wore red jerseys. Photo courtesy of Kris Cavin
Camas special teams players, sporting the new red jerseys, surround a Davis lineman after he recovered a punt that was blocked by the Papermakers. It was the first time in more than a decade that Camas wore red jerseys. Photo courtesy of Kris Cavin

The uniforms were a reward, of sorts, for the team’s fundraising efforts as well as its success on the field. The defending state champions wanted to go all red with the jerseys.

“The red jerseys were fun, and this is a game meant to be played for fun,” Camas coach Jon Eagle said. “Coaches should never forget what it’s like to be 17.”

A few weeks ago in practice, Noah Stykel modeled the jersey in front of the team. Stykel was selected as the model because he raised the most money this summer among the Papermakers.

Ja’Micahel Shelton and his teammates enjoyed another win, but the first win in more than a decade wearing all red jerseys. The defending state champions raised money to buy the jerseys. Photo courtesy of Kris Cavin
Ja’Micahel Shelton and his teammates enjoyed another win, but the first win in more than a decade wearing all red jerseys. The defending state champions raised money to buy the jerseys. Photo courtesy of Kris Cavin

The jerseys were paid for with the money raised by the players.

In pictures, the jerseys are great and the numbers are easy to see. Not so much on the video, though. So it was tough to see some numbers, but still fun to watch Camas put on another clinic. …

Kick things off with the kickoff team:

The Papermakers were special with the special teams. Two of the first three kickoffs were touchbacks. The second kickoff was a decent return for Davis.

Then it was all Camas on the kick coverage.

On the fourth kickoff, the return man caught the ball at the 1-yard line, was met by the first Papermaker at the 10-yard line, and then three more Papermakers joined in on the fun, pinning Davis deep in its own territory.

The next kick was a 5-yard return, from the 10- to the 15-yard line. The next one, the Davis returner made it to the 20. And one more went for no return. Davis picked it up at the 14 and it was dropped at the 14.

Of course, Camas should be good at kick coverage. The Papermakers get a lot of practice, scoring so much.

Camas does not necessarily get a lot of reps in kickoff return during games. But that does not seem to matter.

Yes, the Papermakers evened returned a kickoff for a touchdown. Trevor Bentley went 85 yards for the score. He easily ran through an arm tackle about 30 yards after he received the kickoff, then ran untouched the rest of the way.

More special teams:

Never could see the number of the defensive lineman who blocked a punt, but that was cool looking. No, the defensive lineman did not rush the punter. He was at the line of scrimmage. But the punt was so low, he stuck his hand up and swatted the ball. Think King Kong on the Empire State building and bi-planes.

Adjustments from the QB:

Camas quarterback Kyle Allen just missed on a long touchdown pass on the first drive of the game. Instead, Camas punted.

On the next series, Allen was perfect, again on a long pass, this time for a 32-yard touchdown pass to Ja’Michael Shelton.

The next series, Allen could not find anyone open downfield but spotted his safety valve in the flat. However, he overthrew his target for an incomplete pass.

Couple plays later, similar deal. Only this time, once again, Allen made an adjustment on his mechanic, found Randy Yaacoub, who then used his blockers and instincts for a 24-yard touchdown pass-and-run.

Coach Speak:

What did Jon Eagle learn about his team in Week 3? “We got better in some places and need a lot of work in others, especially as league play is looming. Continue to see emerging talent and continuity.”

Thoughts on Week 4 vs. Coeur d’Alene:

“A great battle of two very good programs in the Northwest,” Eagle said.

Coeur d’Alene is one of the top programs in Idaho. Quarterback Colson Yankoff has announced his intention to sign with the University of Washington.

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Paul Valencia joins ClarkCountyToday.com after more than two decades of newspaper experience. He became the face of high school sports coverage in Clark County during his 17 years at The Columbian. Before moving to Vancouver, Paul worked at Oregon daily newspapers in Pendleton, Roseburg, and Salem. A graduate of David Douglas High School in Portland, Paul enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving three years as a soldier/journalist. He and his wife Jenny recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. They have a son who has a passion for karate and Minecraft. Paul’s hobbies include: Watching the Raiders play football, reading about the Raiders playing football, and waiting to watch and read about the Raiders playing football.

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