Although the Gatorade Football Player of the Year Award goes to one athlete in each state, Jack Colletto shares his trophy with a city of state champions.
“I know the award goes to me, but it really should go to my teammates, coaches and the community of Camas,” Colletto said. “I couldn’t have done it by myself. I doubt anybody who’s won it has done it by themselves.”
The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Camas High School senior quarterback and defensive back led the Papermakers to a 14-0 record and the Class 4A state championship in 2016. Colletto completed 191-of-304 passes for 2,846 yards and 27 touchdowns against just four interceptions. He also rushed for 1,253 yards and 21 trips to the end zone on 165 carries. The 4A Greater St. Helens League Offensive Player of the Year recorded 38 tackles, three interceptions and four forced fumbles on defense.
Colletto is the fifth Papermaker to win this award, joining quarterback Reilly Hennessey, soccer players Brent Richards and Bennett Lehner, and runner Alexa Efraimson.
On Thursday, a city of state champions will celebrate this history making season in football, soccer and cross country.
Members of the community are welcome to attend. The ceremony takes at 5:30 p.m., in the CHS main gym, 26900 S.E. 15th St.