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Camas trounces Enumclaw, 56-0

Papermakers rack up 443 yards of offense, 49 points, just in first half

By , Columbian Sports Editor

CAMAS – Every time the Camas football team scores a touchdown, a mill’s steam-whistle sound is blasted through Doc Harris Stadium.

That whistle worked overtime Friday. So did the Papermakers offense.

Camas was dominant in its 56-0 win over Enumclaw in the preliminary round of the Class 4A state playoffs.

By halftime, the Papermakers were ahead 49-0, meaning the entire second half was played under the running-clock mercy rule.

Yes, that whistle sounded often as Camas (10-0) signaled its status as the No. 1-ranked team in the Class 4A Associated Press statewide poll.

“I feel like we did make a statement,” senior running back Elias Bashir said. “And we left a P.S. at the end of it.”

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Camas cheerleaders perform during the first playoff game at Doc Harris Stadium in Camas, Friday November 4, 2016.
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With the win, Camas is the No. 1 seed from District 4 in the state playoffs. The Papermakers will host a first-round game next week against Graham Kapowsin (9-1).

How dominant was Camas in the first half? The Papermakers racked up 443 yards, more than many teams have in a whole game.

“That’s what we pride ourselves on, coming out fast and coming out strong,” senior receiver Cooper McNatt said.

For all the touchdowns Camas scored, nobody took a greater thrill in his than Bashir. The senior endured season-ending knee surgeries the past two years. Only recently has he become healthy enough to be worked into the backfield rotation.

He broke through for a 17-yard touchdown run to give Camas a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter. He added a 2-yard TD run to cap a day that saw him gain 49 yards on six carries.

“To come back with all the resources of my teammates, the community, my physical therapist and score two touchdowns at home, it’s a magical feeling,” Bashir said.

As he has been all season, quarterback Jack Colletto was a dual threat. He rushed for three touchdowns and threw for 291 yards and one TD, all in just one half.

McNatt caught six passes for 158 yards. He had catches of 53 and 55 yards, each of which brought Camas inside the 2-yard line to set up touchdowns.

Drake Owen had a 51-yard touchdown catch in the final seconds of the first half, then returned a punt 51 yards for a touchdown early in the second half.

Meanwhile, the Camas defense allowed just 57 yards in the first half and 81 for the game to Enumclaw (5-4), which finished fourth in the North Puget Sound League Olympic Division. Linebacker Michael Matthews had nine tackles and two interceptions before yielding to his backup in the second half.

“We’ve been working so hard for this,” McNatt said. “We get another week. That’s all that matters.”


Enumclaw    0          0          0          0          –          0

Camas            14       35       7          0          –          56

First quarter

C – Jack Colletto 1 run (Michael Boyle kick)

C – Michael Matthews 2 run (Boyle kick)

Second quarter

C – Elias Bashir 17 run (Boyle kick)

C – Colletto 1 run (Boyle kick)

C – Colletto 6 run (Boyle kick)

C – Bashir 2 run (Boyle kick)

C – Drake Owen 51 pass from Colletto (Boyle kick)

Third quarter

C – Owen 51 yard punt return (Boyle kick)


RUSHING – Camas: Michael Matthews 6-35, Jack Colletto 9-68, Elias Bashir 6-49, Will Schultz 2-1, Hunter Crandall 3-7, Kyle Allen 1-minus-1, Branden Hill 3-15, JD Fuller 2-3, Semisi Schultz 1-2. Enumclaw:   Taylor Beard 5-18, Kale Engebretsen 3-0, Christian Wakefield 5-6, Riley Snyder 2-4, Joshua Ennis 2-6, Jacob Revel 1-minus-5, Dreman Defeo 2-7.

PASSING – Camas: Jack Colletto 13-23-1-291, Keaton Sturbelle 1-1-1. Enumclaw: Jacob Revell 6-21-3-45.

RECEIVING – Camas: Cooper McNatt 6-158, Ryan Rushall 2-11, Michael Matthews 1-23, Drake Owen 4-129, Christian Nghiem 1-1. Enumclaw: Travis Smith 1-4, Ethan Ellertson 1-4, Kaden Anderson 3-29, Forrest Howard 1-8.