Day After Report: Camas 49, Sherwood 7
While the play of Jack Colletto might have surprised some Camas fans and foes, the dual threat from the senior first-year quarterback is only part of the explanation for the Papermakers’ impressive first two games.
The offensive line has paved the say for a smooth take off for a Camas offense with eight new starters. Left tackle Dakota Napierkowski and right guard JT Tumanavo were starters last season, but junior center Jordan Howes, senior right tackle Caleb Eldred and senior left guard Marcus Gray are first-year starters.
“Not a lot of people knew what the O-line was going to be capable of this year and in these first two games the O-line’s come out against two very good opponents and set the tone early,” said Michael Mathews, who was given a clear path on his 55-yard touchdown run on the second play of Friday’s 49-7 win over Sherwood, Ore.
“They’re like a family. They’re all best friends and it shows on the field. They’re all leaders,” Mathews said.
The Papermakers ran for 301 yards in the opening win over Central Catholic and followed with 307 rushing yards against Sherwood. Camas is averaging 9 yards per carry through two games, and covered almost 13 yards per attempt on average against Sherwood.
Camas coach Jon Eagle said that great teaching is a difference that often gets overlooked when a team has success. He credited the teaching by offensive line coach Justin Wochnick, who is in his 11th season on the Papermaker staff, with consistently preparing top-flight units to lead the way in the up-tempo offense.
“Our offensive line coach is an exceptional teacher. He works his magic every year. I just have a lot of confidence in him and how he puts that unit together,” Eagle said.