Camas Comes Up Short In 32-22 Loss To Liberty

Written by Bryan Levesque on November 8, 2009

Doc Harris Stadium went out in style. For the second week in a row Camas hosted a top 5 school while being ranked in the top 10 themselves. Unfortunately for Camas, for the second week in a row, they lost a close game to the higher ranked opponent, this time 32-22 to #4 Liberty.

After falling down 7-0 to Liberty in the second quarter, Camas took a 15-7 lead following a 52 yard TD pass from QB Logan Grindy to Zach Anderson and then a 1 yard TD run from RB Tyler Fisher. After Fisher’s TD, the extra point attempt went bad, but holder Jeremy Faulkner called FIRE and found Josh Smith in the corner of the end zone for the 2. Liberty tacked on a FG at the end of the quarter, as Camas led 15-10 at halftime.

Following a Papermakers punt to start the third quarter, the Partiots scored on their first play from scrimmage as Tei Staladi ran in from 39 yards out to go up 17-15. Camas then drove down the field and retook the lead when Grindy hit Faulkner from 31 yards out to go back up 22-17. Liberty answered when RB Chandler Jenkens tiptoed down the sideline for a 15 yard TD run.  Liberty ligned up and went for 2 and completed the pass giving the Patriots a 25-22 lead.

Camas attempted a FG late in the third quarter. The kick by Stuart Jergensen was plenty far enough but just to the left. It appeared good, but was so far above the upright it was hard to tell in the video.

Camas never threatened to score again in the game, and Liberty was able to run out the clock during the fourth before tacking on a late TD to seal the win.

Liberty improves to 9-1 with the win. The Patriots will play at O’Dea (10-0) next weekend.

With the loss, Camas drops to 7-3. The Papermakers season is over.

Experts Picks

Bryan – Camas ×

Bryan – Camas ×

11/07/09 FINAL
Liberty Patriots

Camas Papermakers

Rushing — Liberty — Jake Bainton 6-30, Jenkins 19-81, Wheeler 4-12, Staladi 3-80; Camas — Tyler Fisher 11-21, Grindy 6-6, Zach Marshall 1-2, Addison Owen 1-4

Passing — Liberty — Wheeler 8-15-3-120; Camas — Grindy 18-35-230

Receiving — Liberty — Bainton 2-32, Jenkins 4-67, Cameron Talley 2-21; Camas — Faulkner 10-126, Fisher 2-7, Kyle Ervin 1-8, Owen 1-4, Anderson 2-62, Miguel Salamanca 2-22

Second quarter
LIB — Trey Wheeler 1 run (Dean Byron kick)
CAM — Zach Anderson 53 pass from Logan Grindy (Stuart Jergensen kick)
CAM — Tyler Fisher 1 run (Josh Smith pass from Jeremy Faulkner)
LIB — Byron 31 field goal
Third quarter
LIB — Tei Staladi 39 run (Byron kick)
CAM — Faulkner 32 pass from Grindy (Jergensen kick)
LIB — Chandler Jenkins 15 run (Jake Bainton pass from Wheeler)
Fourth quarter
LIB — Staladi 33 run (Byron kick)

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31 Responses to “Camas Comes Up Short In 32-22 Loss To Liberty”

  1. just sayin on November 8th, 2009 1:45 pm

    oh to bad camas

  2. SkyviewStormFan on November 8th, 2009 2:00 pm

    tough lose camas…

  3. greater saint on November 8th, 2009 6:45 pm

    this wouldnt have happened if camas was playing the team they should have AKA the team river beat

  4. spainwa on November 8th, 2009 7:01 pm

    An absolutely horrible draw for Camas. Should have been at state for sure compared to the other teams still out there.

  5. observer on November 8th, 2009 7:16 pm

    Greater Saint. River has nothing to do with the Camas loss to Liberty. The team they played was seaded higher in the cross over than Liberty. Nathan Hale won the Metro North and lost the seeding game to Odea, giving them the #2 Metro seed. River played what was supposed to be a better team 2nd place in league (N. Hale) vs. 3rd place in league (River). These games are set to give more teams an oppurtunity to get into the playoffs than just having 16 teams move on.

    So you can complain all you want but Camas beat River and lost to Union. If Liberty had won against Bellevue then Bellevue would have been the game against Camas.

    Wait truly we all should have seen this coming and Camas should have just lost to River and then everything would be right in your world.

    Seriously, it’s playoffs be happy your team got what they got. If you want be be upset complain about the two 3 – 6 teams that played for a spot. River did what they had to to get the chance to advance, just like Camas.

    Congrats to all the teams that played for something in week 10 and left everything on the field. Great job!

  6. DCGardner on November 8th, 2009 8:32 pm

    Columbia River still won because they played a lesser team, Camas with its higher seed ranking would supposedly get a more favorable opponenet, that didn’t happen and Camas (a top 10 school) lost in the first round while Columbia River who battled to be the best of the worst is going on to the first round of the playoffs because of the luck of the draw. Pure bollocks if you ask me.

    A higher seed ranking should mean a better shot at the playoffs, Period. That didn’t happen for Camas when they actually had a legitimate shot at going into the quarter finals for the first time in their school’s history and Columbia River got an easy win and will next week find out how good they really are the hard way. How does that make sense to anyone?

    Columbia River will lose to Meadowdale and their playoff dream will be at an end. Its up to Union and SKyview to rep the GSHL now.

  7. Storm Fan on November 8th, 2009 8:35 pm

    Good luck River… you just never know what will happen. Play hard and things might go your way

  8. observer on November 8th, 2009 9:27 pm

    I guess Pennisula is thinking the same thing as Camas. Since they lost to unranked Glacier Peak.

    The real argument then is why does the metro get so many bids. If their 2nd place team is so weak why do they get so many spots. It would make sense that Seattle Prep, Rainer Beach, West Seattle should not have been allowed in. Odea should have been the only team in that league to get a shot to play in.

    Plus truthfully the playoffs start this week, last week was crossover games to give teams the chance to make the final 16 (wiaa sanctioned playoffs). If it wasn’t for this(crossover games) the GSHL would most likely only get 1 spot in the playoffs and that would be for the league champs – Union and Skyview. Heritage, Camas, and River would have turned in gear last week if the LEAGUES did not agree to this format to give more KIDS the chance to play into the final 16.

    I agree Camas got the raw end, but River has nothing to do with that fact.

  9. DCGardner on November 8th, 2009 9:31 pm

    Your right when you say Columbia River has nothing to do with it.

    The WIAA needs to pull their heads out of you know where and use some common sense when making these brackets.

  10. uniontitans on November 8th, 2009 9:38 pm

    Yes it does sound unfair and it is messed up but both camas and union knew whoever won the game would get the easier way to the dome to bad for camas that they lost i think union still would have beat liberty anyway.

  11. GSHL Observer on November 8th, 2009 9:42 pm

    Really, belly aching about a draw? If Camas was up for the challenge they would still be playing. Maybe next year. Liberty now or Liberty later, Camas would still need to beat better teams than Liberty to win a Championship. Camas had a home field advantage and they still could not win. Put it to bed and hope for better results next year. Liberty is not good enough to win the state title and certainly neither is Camas.

  12. GSHL #1 on November 8th, 2009 9:58 pm

    Why would Liberty not be able to win the state championship? They were driving down the field with two minutes left in a 27-21 game and had a ball tipped for an interception on the Bellevue 30 yard line. Plus the only higher ranked team that would have faced Camas if they advanced would have been Lakes then Union/Bellevue.

  13. Just Sayin' on November 8th, 2009 10:10 pm

    Observer is spot on with his analysis, very well put! You are paying attention & it’s good to know that someone is looking at the bigger picture…my only issue is that District 4 (us) is probably where we should be with 2 spots, not one as I think you point out. But Metro does have way too many. Nathan Hale was 4-5 with 2 losses to 2A teams. Their only win against a 3A team with a winning record was Rainier Beach…they really had no business playing any kind of post-season game.

  14. Just Sayin' on November 8th, 2009 10:26 pm

    Do not overlook MOUNT SPOKANE, GSHL #1 I don’t think Lakes gets by them. Union fans will tell you, if Lakes gets down, they quit. However, Lakes did roll out their ‘wildcat offense’ this week, so the #1 offense in 3A just diversified. Might change everything… whoever comes out of that side of the bracket will be formidable.

  15. spainwa on November 8th, 2009 10:45 pm

    Lakes did quit playing once they were down. We’ll see if the attitude has changed. A lot of guys on that team have something to prove this year. It’ll be fun to watch the next few weeks unfold.

  16. SHS fan from EWU on November 8th, 2009 11:12 pm

    I am a fencer with the US Fencing Association and, for those unfamiliar with the sport, pretty much every event you take part in is in tournament format. From personal experience I have found that in the broad scope seeding rounds for a tournament (which would be considered the “Regular Season” in our hs football situation) are effective, that is to say, in general the there is a trend that better teams seed higher and get better matchups when the bracket matches begin. But much more disappointing experiences have shown me that people have good days and they have bad days and upsets happen. I happened to win a tournament the other day by upsetting two loser out matches and meeting a not so strong fencer in the final that had upset on her side of the bracket. It was fun to win but I do know that the win does not make me the best fencer that was there. Just the most successful one.

    Congratulations to the Camas team on your season, tough break this year so hopefully things work better next year.

    Columbia River Fans, I was still in town for the River-Skyview game as I was teaching the Storm marching band at the time and I had a blast at the game, its a good rivalry (Though I am glad it went in our favor, because to be honest it tended to be a chieftain win when I was at SHS). Whether, that game was luck or CR is finally clicking or whatever, these opportunities come up and I hope it ends well.

    As long as I’m at it, heck of a game Union, kick tail in 3A this year, go all the way!

    Great Game Storm!!! 56-14 woo hoo!!!

  17. joe blow on November 9th, 2009 8:12 am

    Camas got bet. period. Liberty had to sit on a bus for three and half hours and play on Camas’s home field. The referees gave Camas two calls for a extra point and touchdown when there was no signal for touchdown. Only after a homer ref crew got a huddle did they decide to give both call to Camas (homer calls). Then there are the two touch downs that Liberty scored that were called back. I was amazed that the last TD was not called back. The zebras were on Camas’s side and it was not a balanced game.

    If Camas would have come to Liberty the score would have been 65 to 0. As for getting a bad draw, give me a break. Camas would have to beat them anyways. What do you want a easy route to a state bid. That sound like a lazy approach. Even with all the big lineman Camas got 30 yards. That is not a team that deserves a state bid.

  18. DCGardner on November 9th, 2009 12:13 pm

    Its the same team that was beating you 15 to 10 at the half.

  19. DCGardner on November 9th, 2009 12:14 pm

    And pretty much until the end of the 3rd quarter. Congrats on the comeback.

  20. Bryan Levesque on November 9th, 2009 12:45 pm

    wow, Mr. “joe blow” – were you at the game? The 2 pt. conversion was handled perfectly. It was a busted play, and the 2 refs in the left corner were only looking at that part of the field and needed to conference with the other ref who was watching the Camas linemen to see if any of them went down field. He said they did not, so the try was good. That is not a homer call, that is what we call DOING YOUR JOB! We all should be thankful they did, that does not seem to happen in HS football all the time. As for the TD that took a while to call, who knows but again, the refs were doing their job and making sure the made the right call.

    Look Liberty is better and has better players than Camas overall. They won fair and square. It is a shame that they had to play in this round, but hey, in 1996 both of these teams would have been sitting in the stands at Kiggins watching Skyview or Union since those 2 would have been the only schools making the round of 16. (Liberty players may not have made the drive down to watch those 2 games, who knows)

  21. 40 on November 9th, 2009 1:57 pm

    Are you talking about the touchdown where the ref was confused and was calling it a touchback(the signal for that is the ref sticking his arm straight out and moving it up and down. I tell you this, becuase from your post you seem to be confused about this play.) It was a clear touchdown, the reciever caught it in the endzone. What exactly was ‘homerish” about calling this a touchdown? The 2pt conversion I think was called wrong, I thought I saw a lineman or 2 downfield.

    If you want to talk about bad calls though, lets talk about the flysweeps you guys ran(and killed us on) where our D ends were blocked in the back a number of times. Without these blocks(which should have been flagged) your offense has a lot more difficulty. It was to bad to see you come on here and talk trash, I talked with alot of Liberty folk at the game and thought they were a very nice group. I think the team was pretty good as well and would be shocked if you guys aren’t playing Mt. Spokane in the final 4.

  22. u fan on November 9th, 2009 2:35 pm

    union gone a go to state and win and we will beat bellvue

  23. greater saint on November 9th, 2009 10:03 pm

    if anyone on here even pays just a lil bit of attention to football you would know that the game of football is all about momentum and if camas had gotten an easier match up that could of got camas going and make them very hard to beat and camas probably could of put this game away in a later battle

  24. greater saint on November 9th, 2009 10:04 pm

    even though im a camas fan i hope union takes the title


  25. GSHL Fan on November 10th, 2009 8:42 am

    that is a bad luck of the draw for camas. i would much rather see them still in the playoffs than a crappy team like columbia river. iam sure camas will come back next year and do great again.

  26. Good Football on November 11th, 2009 1:06 am

    Camas played well against Liberty and with a little more team speed, could very easily have won. Camas has a fine team with talent throughout the line-up and should have an outstanding core of skill players next year. As a relative newcomer to the area, I am very impressed with the quality of football here in SW Washington. I’ve seen Camas, Union, and Skyview numerous times. The Camas-Union game was one of the best high school games I have ever seen. The Camas-Skyview and Union-Skyview games were also really hard-fought games. I think the local players, coaches, and community have much to be proud.

    The reason I write, though, is to express my disappointment with what I saw at the Camas-Liberty game. Down on the West side of the endzone was a group of Union players (with girlfriends). There were about 20 of them sporting Union letterman’s jackets and other insignia indicating their school. When I saw them I thought “Oh that’s cool, there here supporting their cross-town rivals.” As I stood near them however, it was clear that the opposite was true. They actively cheered AGAINST Camas, jeered positive Camas plays, cheered for Liberty, and made demeaning and vulgar comments about Camas. I was disappointed at the utter lack of class on display. It was only a week ago these young men came within 15 seconds of having their jocks handed to them, and to be then mocking and crowing and rooting against guys they have grown up with seemed petty and juvenile. I would hope both schools would support each other in contests against out-of-town foes and save the animosity for the head-to-head. Show some class Union–the worm always turns . . . .

  27. papermakerpride on November 11th, 2009 6:54 pm

    GSHL Fan – you are right. but unfortunately we cant say that we had a bad draw, because it is obiously a red flag for union supporters to tear us down.

    Good football – thank you. for once there is a neutral party saying the true facts. all three of those games were very, very good.


  28. GSHL Observer on November 11th, 2009 7:16 pm

    Good Football, it is obvious you have not been around long. Did you notice the BIG group of Union fans being taunted in the covered stands in Camas that night. Obviously not. These people were there to cheer on Camas against Liberty. Perhaps the end zone was reacting to the hostile Camas crowd. Think about it before you pass judgement on Union folk. Maybe not a long history, but an ugly history brought on by Camas envy and jealousy.

  29. GSHL Football Fan on November 11th, 2009 8:43 pm

    I have to stop and post about some of the things I’ve read. I am a parent and witnessed a few things at the Camas-Liberty game. First I was sitting there when two Union Parents walked up to the stands and a Camas parent made a comment about WHY ARE YOU HERE, Uncalled for but OH_WELL. But when you have a several hundred Union people there to support Camas, why the hostility. I also was there when the Camas Students started chanting GO HOME UNION. I was completely disgusted with the Camas fans at that point. I was also at the Union-Camas game where Several Camas fans came over to the Union side and stood behind the Union bench and where yelling obscenities toward the Union players. These young men were escorted out of the stadium shortly after that. We have to remember these are just young men playing the game that they love, lets just support them with the run in the playoffs and stop bashing them. Sorry for the rant but I finally had to say something.

  30. GSHL Observer on November 11th, 2009 9:30 pm

    I’m sure there are a lot of Union folks that once considered many Camas people their friends but certainly that has passed due to all the BS. I watched one Union parent wishing his varsity football son warming up on the field good luck from the sideline before the Camas game and being beligerantly yelled at by some Camas geek to get to the other sideline. When this Union parent finally walked up to this geek from Camas I expected a fight of some sort but the Union parent showed class and moved on without an incident. What a disappointment that was, the Union parent was about 6’5″ and the beligerant Camas geek was about 5’6″. When confronted, I heard the Camas geek tell the Union parent that he was just trying to get his two kids jacked up for the game. Right, good parenting move by this guy from Camas. Because this Union parent has endured 3 years of put downs, attacks, and crap about his kid from Camas people, he is now oblivious to it and could care less.

  31. Good Football on November 12th, 2009 1:17 am

    Well, I am fairly new to the area, but I’ve been around football my whole life, and the quality of football here is too good to let the pettiness of a few mar the finish on what’s happening here. I’m sure there’s plenty of nastiness to go around, especially from fans and parents. The fans and parents always take things too far. But I was disappointed in the players. Above all, they’re the ones who should have respect for the game and for what their fellow players are trying to accomplish. It’s one thing to be at each other’s throat on the field, it’s quite another to be childishly hurling vulgar insults at your cross-town rivals who are trying to beat an interloper from Seattle.

    I certainly don’t condone any of the examples of unsportsmanlike behavior from Camas fans–and yes I’ve seen a few of those myself, and just shake my head. Who is parenting these people, and what went wrong with some of these grown men acting like children?

    But we can and should expect more discipline from the players.

    True fans of high school football (or any sport for that matter) root for the players–and appreciate the sacrifice, skill, and pride that goes into playing for one’s school. True fans of high school sports cheer for good performances and hope for a good outcome, but their appreciation of the sporting event does not rest on the result alone.

    I live in Camas, but I’m rooting for all of the GSHL teams in the playoffs and I encourage everyone to do the same.

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