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Football: Interstate clash with Camas to be a 'great challenge' for Canby


The Cougars will host a Washington state powerhouse that crushed Jesuit last week.

by: JEFF GOODMAN / FILE - Zach Eagle, shown working for yardage against the Canby football team last year, is one of many offensive weapons for Camas this season. The Cougars host the Papermakers at 7 p.m. Sept. 13.It was an ominous announcement.

During the Canby football team’s home opener against McNary, the in-game score of a highly anticipated matchup between the top-ranked squads from Oregon and Washington was broadcast over the loudspeakers at Cougar Stadium.

Camas (Wash.), which Canby is scheduled to host at 7 p.m. Sept. 13, was crushing Jesuit.

The Papermakers ended up thrashing the Metro League power to the tune of 47-14, sending a message that resonated throughout the Pacific Northwest.

The Cougars (1-1) certainly heard it.

“They’re probably the best team on the West Coast,” senior linebacker A.J. Schlatter said. “They’re gonna be tough.”

Camas (1-0) brings back 20 starters from a team that reached Washington’s large-school semifinals last year.

Returning quarterback Reilly Hennessey showcased his ability against the Crusaders, going 14-for-17 with 277 passing yards.

Nate Beasley caught three of Hennessey’s four touchdown passes and also added two scores on the ground for the Papermakers, who scored 40 points in a row against Jesuit to break an early 7-7 tie.

Canby coach Mike Vaught said Camas reminds him of Jesuit’s dominant 2006 team. That year, the Crusaders went 13-0, averaged 48.77 points per game, held eight opponents to seven points or fewer and steamrolled Beaverton-Southridge 56-7 to win a state championship.

“They are super-experienced, they’ve got a great quarterback, a great running back and D-1 linemen,” Vaught said of the Papermakers. “They’ve got everything.”

And the Cougars didn’t need to hear about Jesuit’s outing to know what’s in store for them. They struggled mightily in a preseason matchup at Camas last year, failing to score for three quarters in a lopsided 31-7 loss. Canby mustered just 197 yards of total offense.

“We know we’re gonna be playing the best high school football team in two states,” Vaught said. “But we’re not gonna back down. We look at it as a great challenge to see how we come out against the best.”

Added senior Noah Kyllo: “We’re gonna have to come back and work our (butts) off.”