Spartans face No. 6 Camas Friday after cross-over win

Bainbridge High’s football team may be better than the mediocre 5-4 record it takes into the first-round Class 3A playoffs tonight.

If so, the Spartans will have the opportunity to prove it this Friday when they travel to southwest Washington for a first-round playoff game against Camas. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

The Papermakers (8-1) dominated the Greater St. Helens League again, losing only to non-conference foe Skyview, a Vancouver school that will play Issaquah Friday in the 4A playoffs.

Camas, which won its last four games this year by scoring at least 55 points in each, made it to the quarterfinals last year before losing.

Bainbridge suffered through a four-game losing streak before cruising past Ingraham 44-7 last Saturday in a Metro League cross-over game at Seattle Memorial Stadium.

Still, it could be argued that the Metro’s Mountain Division was difficult this year with third-ranked O’Dea, ninth-ranked Seattle Prep and Eastside Catholic having strong seasons.

The Spartans lost to Prep and Eastside after giving up touchdowns in both games late in the fourth quarter. With wins there, their seeding might have given them a bye going into the first round.

Against Ingraham, the Spartans used their running attack to pound out 266 yards, led by Joshua Fitch’s 75 yards on five carries.

Quarterback Chris Bell added 68 rushing yards and also had one of his best passing games – completing eight of 16 attempts for 176 yards. His favorite target was Kyler Mikami, who caught a 64-yard touchdown pass.

BHS dominated Ingraham defensively. Tackle Connor Kenyon had nine unassisted tackles, including four of the Spartans’  10 sacks.

The Papermakers are led by quarterback Tony Gennaro, who threw for four touchdown passes in the first half of a 55-0 win over Kelso last weekend.

Running back Zach Marshall had 153 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 11 first-half carries.

If the Spartans can hold their own up front and pull off an upset, they would advance to the quarterfinals against either Lincoln of Tacoma or Kennedy of Burien next weekend.

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