It’s said that all good things must come to an end – and that’s certainly true at Sumner High, where a remarkable football season was finished by the talented crew from Camas.
The Spartans and Papermakers had advanced to the Final Four in the Class 4A state playoffs and met Saturday afternoon on the turf of McKenzie Stadium in Vancouver. With dreams of a shot at a state title on the line, the powerful Camas squad advanced with a 45-21 victory.
Now, Camas heads to the championship contest with a 13-0 record and Sumner packs away the pads with an impressive 12-1 season in the books.
Sumner quickly fell into a 14-0 hole but drew close when Tre Weed hauled in a short touchdown pass from Luke Ross. The No. 2-ranked Papermakers added 10 third-quarter points, apparently taking control – but Sumner was far from finished. Weed again scored on a toss from Ross and standout linebacker Ben Wilson returned an interception 41 yards for a touchdown, giving the Spartans all the momentum while cutting the Camas lead to 24-21.
And there was still a quarter of football still to be played.
But the big, physical Papermakers showed they belonged by mounting a time-consuming drive that turned the tide. Camas scored three TDs in the final period and earned its title trip. The state finale comes Saturday night in the Tacoma Dome, with Camas taking on Richland.
With running back Connor Wedington – who will next play for the University of Washington – sidelined for the second week with a separated shoulder, the Spartans aired things out. Ross threw the ball 40 times, completing 21, and Weed finished with 10 receptions.