Its offense is lethal, up-tempo and can strike for big plays as comfortably as it can methodically wear down a defense. That’s been the Camas High School football team’s trademark the past few years.
And Federal Way let that offense on the field far too often Saturday.
Liam Fitzgerald was 32 of 44 passing for 347 yards and five touchdowns, Jared Bentley caught 12 passes for 186 yards and three touchdowns and Jordan Del Moral ran for 135 yards on 23 carries in Camas’ 49-28 victory at Federal Way Memorial Stadium.
“We have so many weapons, who at any second can break one off,” Bentley said.
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Fitzgerald torched Federal Way last year, too, in a 49-6 victory. He said he doesn’t see many differences between this year’s offense and the one that took the Papermakers to the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs last year and the 4A state title game two years ago.
“But I feel more experienced in it, and I feel more comfortable,” Fitzgerald said. “Maybe that makes it feel smoother.”
The Eagles’ offense had just two first downs in the first half — one a Jovan Vongsaveng’s 85-yard touchdown run — and allowed Camas’ offense nine possessions in the first half.
The Papermakers led 35-7 at halftime.
“Our offense was so discombobulated and our defense was just on the field the entire half,” Federal Way coach John Meagher said.
“This is nothing against Camas, but if we execute like we did here offensively, it’s going to be rough. Every game is going to be rough. That was our biggest problem is that it seemed like we couldn’t line up and run a play.”
Fitzgerald threw four of his five touchdowns in the first half, which included a score on Camas’ first possession — a 69-yard drive with Fitzgerald finding Hunter Bruno for a nine-yard touchdown.
After a Federal Way three-and-out, Bobi Sims picked off Fitzgerald’s pass in the end zone to prevent an even bigger deficit and Vongsaveng followed with the 85-yard TD run.
Camas responded with four unanswered touchdowns to end the half.
Federal Way’s D’Jimon Jones, who Meagher will often switch from quarterback to receiver, was driven into the ground during a failed reception attempt and and exited the field in the second quarter. He returned the next series, but left again after being sacked. Meagher said Jones, a Washington State University commit, sustained ankle and shoulder injuries.
Andrzej Hughes-Murray brought some life to the Eagles’ offense in the second half with some strong runs up the middle, including a 65-yard touchdown run. But he was pulled late in the game with what Meagher said was a minor ankle injury.
Federal Way’s Gabe Togia got going, too. He threw a pair of TD passes in the fourth quarter, the first a 35-yard pass to Brian Parker and then a 30-yard pass to Bobi Sims.
The second score cut Camas’ lead to 42-28 with just less than five minutes to play. But Camas slowed down its offense, and wiped away almost all the clock before scoring from a yard out with 46 seconds to play.
Camas coach Jon Eagle said he hopes his next trip to the South Sound is in November for the state playoffs.
“We just got to get out of our league first,” he said.
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C – Hunter Bruno 9 pass from Liam Fitzgerald (Michael Boyle kick)
F – Jovan Vongsaveng 85 run (Sam Han kick)
C – Jared Bentley 34 pass from Fitzgerald (Boyle kick)
C – Bruno 15 pass from Fitzgerald (Boyle kick)
C – Jordan Del Moral 4 run (Boyle kick)
C – Bentley 12 pass from Fitzgerald (Boyle kick)
F – Andrzej Hughes-Murray 65 run (Han kick)
C – Bentley 13 pass from Fitzgerald (Boyle kick)
F – Brian Parker 35 pass from Gabe Togia (Han kick)
F – Bobi Sims 30 pass from Togia (Han kick)
C – Will Schultz 1 run (Han kick)
RUSHING – Camas: Jordan Del Moral 23-135, TD. Federal Way: Jovan Vongsaveng 5-97, TD; Andrzej Hughes-Murray 9-91, TD.
PASSING – Camas: Liam Fitzgerald 32-44-1-347, 5 TDs; Federal Way: Gabe Togia 9-17-1-128, 2 TDs; D’Jimon Jones 2-6-0-33.
RECEIVING – Camas: Jared Bentley 12-186, 3 TDs; Hunter Bruno 6-60, 2 TDs; Jordan Del Moral 6-50. Federal Way: Brian Parker 5-88, TD; Bobi Sims 3-51, TD.