TACOMA — Jacques Badolato-Birdsell rushed for three touchdowns to help Camas start hot and pull away late to beat Bothell 35-14 and win the 4A state championship at Mount Tahoma Stadium on Saturday evening.
It was the Papermakers’ second championship in four years, third appearance across the decade.
“I’ve just wanted this so long and I know my teammates have too,” Camas lineman Rush Reimer said.
That two-touchdown lead was established when Camas receiver Jackson Clemmer caught a jump ball in the back of the end zone, despite a defensive pass inference, from 28 yards out late in the third quarter.
“Obviously a crazy athlete,” quarterback Blake Ascuitto said of Clemmer. “I just put it up, keep it in bounds, I knew he’d get it. It makes it nice. I can just scramble out, ‘oh,’ and I can throw it to Clemmer.”
Badolato-Birdsell totaled 207 yards rushing. He surpassed 100 yards rushing in the first half, in which he had his first two touchdowns.
His second touchdown, a 48-yard dash, was. Camas’ longest gain of the night and put it up three touchdowns in the second quarter.
“He had that burst,” Camas coach Jon Eagle said. “We knew he was getting healthy, getting healthy, his effectiveness was getting better. That’s what we’ve seen in the last few weeks.”
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