CAMAS, Wash. (KOIN) – Camas High School senior quarterback Jack Colletto is living proof that good things come to those who wait.
“I transferred from Kingston High School [in the second semester of my sophomore year] and they’re a 2A school [in Washington State]. That’s basically where I grew up my whole life. So transferring here is different but I had a lot of family here [and] a lot of support,” said Colletto.
“I started [at quarterback] my sophomore year at the 2A school, and so when I came here it was a different mindset. And I just had to make sure I was trying to be as great of a teammate as I could be throughout all of my junior year, and then knowing that my time will eventually come. ”
Colletto stayed patient and worked hard every day, waiting for his chance to become the starting quarterback at Camas.
“When I got here my release was too slow so we really worked [on that], especially in the offseason,” said Colletto.
And putting in that extra work in the offseason is starting to payoff. On Friday, Sept. 30, Colletto put up jaw-dropping numbers in a victory over Battle Ground.
“The first half, I think, it was 15-for-19 [for] 312 yards and six touchdowns,” said Colletto. “And then I finished the game [with] 399 yards and seven touchdowns.”
“The team that we played elected to force us to pass and throw the ball so we did that,” Jon Eagle, Camas varsity head football coach, said. “There’s a lot of receivers that made some pretty big plays, too. [The] protection up front was good [from the offensive line].”
“They’ve done a great job,” said Colletto about the Papermakers offensive line. “I think I’ve only gotten sacked like twice this season – I’m pretty sure – and they help me buy time as long as I get the ball out quick.”
Our Athlete of The Week also gets it done in the classroom with a 3.9 GPA.
“Ever since I was young, my mom has always been very hard on me when it comes to academics and it’s really helped,” said Colletto. “I do part-time running start so I can make sure I stay here at the school.”
Tying back to football, MaxPreps had the Camas Papermakers ranked No. 1 in its Washington State class 4A rankings on Tuesday, Oct. 4.
“Being No. 1 [is great but] you also have that huge target on your back, and everyone’s trying to knock you off,” said Colletto. “So there’s pros and cons to both sides. But having them [different schools] know about us across the state – it is kind of a cool feeling to know that as well.”
“Like any other coach would tell you … we’d like to be ranked No. 1 at the end of the year,” said Eagle.