Prep football preview: Camas at Chiawana
When, where: 7 p.m. Friday; Edgar Brown Memorial Stadium, Pasco HS, Pasco
Internet radio: www.610kona.com
Last meeting: Camas won 16-14 in 2014
Players to watch: Camas QB Liam Fitzgerald threw for 2,682 yards and 24 TDs last season. Chiawana LB Caleb Weber leads the defense and he’s just a junior. He’ll also play some on offense.
Game notes: The Papermakers won a lot of lopsided games last season, which meant younger players got experience on the field. … Senior Jordan Del Moral takes over the RB duties. … Camas has not lost a season opener since 1998. That’s before many of the Papermakers were born. … Camas is ranked No. 1 in the AP preseason poll; Chiawana was tied for fourth. … Chiawana lost of lot of players off last year’s team that made the state title game. The starting offensive line will have three sophomores and a junior on it. The Riverhawks are looking for a new RB after Austin Urlacher, who rushed for 2,877 yards last season, graduated. Coach Steve Graff challenged his players for missing “a lot of weight training.”
The Prep Proletariat says: “Don’t put much into a grumpy Coach Graff. This is a program that has reached the 4A state title game two years in a row. The Riverhawks are used to winning and expect to do that this season. Still, Fitzgerald and a good group of receivers should help Camas carry the day. CAMAS 24, CHIAWANA 17“