We kick off our week of coverage of this weekend’s huge Mount Si playoff football game with your first look at the opponent, Camas, and important travel info if you’re going to head down for the game…..

It’s now time to kick off the week of coverage here leading up to this historic weekend for Mount Si High School’s football program.

For only the second time in school history, the Wildcats have made the semifinal round of the state high school football playoffs. Their semifinal game in the 4A tournament sees them heading south down to Clark County in southwest Washington, Vancouver to be exact, to face the Camas Papermakers. Mount Si and Camas have met once before in the state playoffs, with the Wildcats winning that game in the 2007 3A first round 28-7 at Camas’ home field of Doc Harris Stadium.

However, instead of the game being at the “Doc” this time, the matchup will be held just a few miles west at Vancouver’s McKenzie Stadium.

Scouting Camas
We’re going to be watching some film on some of these guys shortly, but the Vancouver Columbian has a nice round of season stats on the Papermakers. They are 12-0 on the season and come into this game this weekend off a 56-27 rout of Puyallup last week in the quarterfinals. Both the Columbian and Scorebook Live were there covering it and we have Tweeted out links to their stories on our Twitter feed at @snovalleysports.

Among the players to watch, according to the Columbian’s numbers:

-QB Jake Blair, who’s completed 68 of 103 passing attempts this season for a little over 1,100 yards and 15 touchdowns this fall. He is a junior.

-QB Blake Ascuitto, who’s completed 42 of 69 passing attempts for just under 800 yards this season and seven TD’s. Ascuitto is a senior.

-RB Jacques Badolato-Birdsell, who, according to Scorebook is coming off an ankle injury, has run for over 1,000 yards this season on 137 carries and has 20 touchdowns to his credit. He is a junior.

-WR Jackson Clemmer, who’s caught 31 passes for over 800 yards and 13 touchdowns. He’s a senior.

-WR Charlie Bump, who’s caught 28 passes for a little over 300 yards and two touchdowns. He, too, is a senior.

-RB Tyler Forner, who’s ran the ball 46 times for a little over 300 yards and seven TD’s. He’s a senior.

Again, we’ll have a look at the film on these guys later and let you know what we see.

Camas is part of the Greater St. Helens League and Kingco has, in the past, had good luck with GSHL teams. Mount Si and Eastlake the past two seasons have played GSHL teams out-of-conference, and have gone 3-1 in those games combined. Additionally, there’s that result from 2007 and that came off similar Kingco domination of the league that year.

Travel information
McKenzie Stadium is the Evergreen School District’s high school football stadium, hosting Evergreen, Mountain View, Union and Heritage High School’s teams. This is located in east Vancouver, in Clark County, east of I-205 just north of the Columbia River and the Washington-Oregon border.

Directions: To get to McKenzie from the Valley, it’ll be a long drive. Travel down SR 18 to SR 167 then to SR 512 around Tacoma and Puyallup, following west on SR 512 to I-5. Once at I-5, exit going south towards Olympia. Head south on I-5 all the way down to Hazel Dell. The road will split off at exit #7, which is the exit for I-205. Take this exit and head south down I-205. Follow to the Mill Plain Blvd. exit (#28 or #29 depending on direction, we think it will be #29). Exit here and turn left heading east. Go east to SE 136th Ave. and turn left. Head north as it changes into NE 136th Ave. then S-curves into NE 138th Ave. before you reach Evergreen High School and the stadium. Parking for the stadium will be on your right just past NE 18th St., behind Cascade Middle School. Additionally, there should be parking available at both the middle school and Evergreen High School’s parking lots, which are both off of NE 18th just east of 138th. Allow a minimum of four hours for travel, five if you head down on Friday in the event of SR 18 slowdowns.

Food/Gas: As the trip is long, you’ll probably want to stop off at least once for gas on the way down and perhaps again on the way back. Many different options for this as you know on I-5 going down and back, but many of these options in both of these categories that are closest to the stadium all are along Mill Plain, which is about a 5-10 minute drive south of the stadium.

Food options look like this:

-To the west towards I-205, you have Arby’s, Jack in the Box, Shari’s, Dairy Queen, Elmer’s (family restaurant chain primairly located in the Vancouver-Portland area but with locations around the Puget Sound area as well) and Burgerville (hamburgers)

-Closer to the 136th turnoff, Wendy’s, McDonald’s and McGrath’s Fish House (seafood)

-At the east end of Mill Plain around SE 164th Ave., there’s an Old Spaghetti Factory, Red Robin, Chick-fil-A, Olive Garden, Panera Bread, Chipotle and Taco Bell among other places

Gas along Mill Plain has a Union 76 near the freeway, and a Safeway gas station and Chevron closer to the stadium.

Lodging: Mount Si will be heading down Friday and spending the night again down there, just like they did two weeks ago when they went to Pasco and beat Chiawana. If we get word on where they’re staying we’ll advise, but again as was the case two weeks ago the school and booster club will not be blocking rooms for fans at whatever hotel they stay at. If you choose to book a room you will need to make the reservation yourself and pay your own way. Additionally, with it being Thanksgiving weekend, there’s a good chance rooms at the following establishments may be going quick, so get on the phone today to make a reservation if you choose to do so.

There are several hotels along this Mill Plain corridor of note:

-Closest to the freeway, a Best Western (reservations at (800) 780-7234) and a Motel 6 (reservations at (360) 253-8900)

-Nearer to the stadium, a Residence Inn (reservations at (360) 892-4404), a Hampton Inn (reservations at (360) 891-3000) and a DoubleTree (reservations at (360) 891-9777)

-At the east end around Mill Plain and 164th, a SpringHill Suites (reservations at (360) 260-1000) and TownePlace Suites (reservations at (360) 260-9000).

Ticket info/rooter buses: WIAA semifinal ticket prices will be charged and all fans – regardless of whether they’re an adult or Mount Si student – will pay to get in. Ticket info/rooter buses: WIAA semifinal ticket prices will be charged and all fans – regardless of whether they’re an adult or Mount Si student – will pay to get in. It is $11 for adults and $8 for students with a Mount Si ASB card. You can pay with cash at the ticket window when you get down there or go here and buy your tickets in advance using your credit card. The link takes you to a WIAA-managed ticket sales site called GoFan. We would suggest you do this to avoid what will be long lines to get in down there when you arrive. Additionally, with it being a holiday weekend, we’re not expecting a rooter bus for this one for students or fans, so you’re likely on your own going down and coming back. Additionally, with it being a holiday weekend, we’re not expecting a rooter bus for this one for students or fans, so you’re likely on your own going down and coming back.

Radio/TV/web: This will be announced later but it’s likely there will be a pay per view webstream through the WIAA Network. When we get wind of that we’ll let you know.

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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