Camas head football coach Jack Hathaway gathered his stationers in a giant group on Camas High’s Cardon field to give some advice and psych the players for their season opener.
It’s Monday, August 29, the first day of school for students in the Camas School District, and the football team has already been training for over a week in preparation for their first game of the 2022 season. an away game against Yelm Tornadoes on Friday 2 September.
Hathaway has been here before, bolstering his squad days before their first game of the year, but he’s never been here as the Papermakers’ official head football coach.
Last year, Hathaway kicked off the 2021 season as the Papermakers’ interim head coach, having taken over from famed coach Jon Eagle, who led the Papermakers to nine league titles and three state championships before moving on. to accept an assistant coaching position at Portland State University in the summer of 2021.
Hathaway, a physical education teacher from Camas High who worked under Eagle for seven years before taking over as interim head coach, won the official head coaching title in November 2021 after leading the Papermakers from a rocky 0–4 start at the start of the season to an impressive finish that included the 4A Greater St. Helens League (GHSL) title and a two-game run in the Premier League Football Playoffs State 4A 2021.
Now Hathaway is preparing for his first official season as head coach and says he’s excited to see how his Papermakers perform in the Sept. 2 away game against Yelm.
“Last year we had a ton of injuries, but this year we’re as healthy as we can get,” Hathaway told The Post-Record on Monday, August 29. “It’s a great group of guys…and I’m counting on our senior quarterback (Taylor Ioane) to take the reins.
Ioane has shown consistency, leadership and maturity at the start of his senior year with the Papermakers, Hathaway said, and will lead a team that has an “explosive offensive line”, strong defense and a promising group of returning seniors. , including Zach Blair, Ethan Ouchi, Carson Osmus, Brad Prouse and Holt Williams.
Hathaway also hopes he and his assistant coaches can help teach Camas players some valuable life lessons.
“We talked about having a strong work ethic, having compassion and being honest,” Hathaway said.
Of course, with a history that includes two Class 4A state football championship titles in the past five years, Camas football players likely feel the pressure to be the best, but Hathaway said he also wanted them to find a balance and enjoy their time on the grill.
“There is a lot of pressure on them… but there should be a balance. It should be fun,” the coach said.
The Papermakers will face Yelm Tornadoes in an away game on Friday, September 2, but will return to their home turf at Doc Harris Stadium, taking on the Glacier Peak Grizzlies of Snohomish, Wash., at 7 p.m. on Friday, September 9.
To view Papermakers’ 2022-2023 college football team schedule, visit chspapermakers.com/teams/3437891/boys/foot ball/varsity/schedule.