Dominant duo anchor Billies' lines.
PLEASANT HILL - They're the bookends of the Pleasant Hill football team.
Tall, stout, sturdy and strong, left tackle Justin Cameron and right tackle Dustin Holmes hold up the line of scrimmage on both offense and defense.
It's through holes they've created that the Billies have rushed for 3,089 yards this season and are on the brink of having two 1,000-yard individual rushers.
And it's from holes they've sealed that the Billies have limited opponents to 1,101 rushing yards and 2,123 total yards.
"Everything we do starts up front with those two tackles," said Pleasant Hill coach Randy Fisher, whose team is 12-0 and ranked No. 1 in the state. "When we come into a game, we want to be physical. We want to hammer people. Eventually, what's happened in our games, is by the second half, we have been pummeling them and they can't handle it anymore."
That's the game plan going into Saturday's 3:30 p.m. Class 3A state title rematch against 12-0 Scappoose, anyway.
"We want to come out and just physically beat on Scappoose with those two guys," Fisher said.
Both Holmes and Cameron are 6-foot, 3-inch tall seniors, though Holmes (260 pounds) is a bit heavier than Cameron (250). They were each selected as all-Sky-Em League linemen on offense and defense this season.
"Justin and me have really taken it upon ourselves to dominate on both sides of the ball this year," Holmes said. "I'd say it's worked out real well."
No kidding. On defense, Holmes is second on the team with nine sacks, 63 combined tackles, two fumble recoveries and an interception.
Cameron has six sacks, a fumble recovery and 55 combined tackles.
Offensively, the two have helped to ease the learning curve of quarterback Barry Humphrey, a first-year starter.
They've also allowed Cody Pittman, Kevin Kildal and Tyrone Potter to ease into their roles on the offensive line.
But it's the way Cameron and Holmes fuel the outside rushing attack of Harley Firestone (1,293 yards) and Noah Breslaw (983) that is most noticeable, and impressive, to the naked eye.
"Any night, either one of them can have a breakout game, and that's happened a lot for us this year," Cameron said. "It just comes down to us taking care of ourselves."
Holmes, Cameron and the rest of the team will have redemption on the mind against Scappoose. The Billies' 28-14 loss to the Indians in the title game last season has been a driving force behind Pleasant Hill's dominance this season.
"They may have been the better team last year, but we're the better team this year," Holmes said. "If we go out and play our "A" game, we can win and get our revenge."
And unlike last season, Cameron said the team is not in awe of playing for a state championship.
"Last year, for a lot of us, it was just great to be there," he said. "Not this year. Now were focused on getting a win. We're looking to finish the job."
Sheldon v McNary, Reser Stadium, Corvallis, noon
Pleasant Hill v Scappoose, Reser Stadium, Corvallis, 3:30 p.m.
Class 4A Championship SATURDAY'S GAME Sheldon v McNary, Reser Stadium, Corvallis, noon Class 3A Championship SATURDAY'S GAME Pleasant Hill v Scappoose, Reser Stadium, Corvallis, 3:30 p.m. Prep Football Playoffs
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|Publication:||The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)|
|Date:||Dec 6, 2001|
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