Remembering Union v. Camas, 2009

It’s an hour or so before kickoff between top-ranked Camas and No. 9 Union.

Any time these two teams play, I’m reminded of the 2009 contest. Back then, the roles were reversed. Union was No. 2 in Class 3A football, while Camas was the team trying to prove it belonged.

With 10 minutes left in that game, Camas was doing just that, leading the Titans by 17 points.

Union, though, scored three touchdowns in the final nine minutes of the game for a 35-31 victory.

Blake Russell scored two touchdown runs in that final quarter, the second coming with less than two minutes remaining in the game. Union’s J.T. Boatright recovered the onside kick, and the Titans scored on a pass from Brandon Weller to Nathaniel Penaranda with 17 seconds left.

Just like that, Camas’ league title was Union’s league title.

This season, Camas is No. 1 in Class 4A Washington. Union is in the top 10, but let’s face it, not too many people believe Union has a chance to win tonight’s game. It’s not that they think Union is not a good team; it’s just that so many believe Camas is playing at a different level than any team in 4A Washington.

Hmmm, a lot like 2009, again, with the roles reversed.

I would love to see something like 2009 again. A close game. A game to remember. Selfishly, a fantastic game to write about after a season full of blowouts.






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