|Friday||Oct 7th||2016||4A SPSL||Boys||Football|
|Sunset Chevrolet Stadium||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
Sumner Stages Second Half Comeback to Knock Off Oly
By Steve Dion
Sumner Head Coach Keith Ross is well aware of the target his team has become and how each opponent the Spartans face are going to bring their best to try to knock off the top dog in the SPSL. Olympia was the next in line on Friday to challenge the league leader led by a strong running game featuring Scott Gunther.
Olympia’s game-plan was well executed in the first half, gumming up the point of attack led by Amir Matheney and preventing the potent Sumner playmakers from reaching the second level. The Bears generating their offense on the tough running of Gunther who moved the chains on critical third and fourth down conversions. This led to a pair of field goal by Skyler Davis who created a 6-0 halftime lead for Oly.
The Bears had kept the ball out of Connor Wedington’s hands for most of the first half, but the opening kickoff of the second half was when the trend was bucked. The UW commit brought the kick into Bear territory and moments later, he was in the endzone after a 37 yard scamper to the corner pylon for six.
The lead would shift back to the visitors when Davis buried his third field goal, but the trip to Sumner’s redzone was a golden opportunity to capitalize with a touchdown. The Spartans make them pay when they marched down the ball down the field and put the ball in Tre Weed’s hands who took a screen pass 31 yards to the house.
Sparty added on shortly thereafter with another Wedington score and was able to hang on despite a late touchdown for the Bears. Sumner moves to 6-0, Olympia picks up their first loss moving them to 5-1.
The Final Score:
Sumner 21, Olympia 16.
Connor Wedington- 16 rush, 175 yds, 2 TDs
Skyler Davis- 3 FGs (31,31,40)
|Saturday||Oct 1st||2016||4A SPSL||Boys||Football|
|Carl Sparks Stadium||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
Sumner Lights Up Saturday Night Scoreboard, Improves to 5-0
By Steve Dion
If there is any doubt about the firepower of Sumner this season, their dramatic win in week four against Graham-Kapowsin made a statement about their place at the top of 4A. Following a 77 point effort over South Kitsap and a passing touchdown record by Nathaniel Holcomb, Puyallup was hungry to hand Sparty their first defeat of the season.
Sumner bolted down the field on the first drive of the contest which capped off with an 11 yard corner route in the back of the endzone which receiver Tre Weed climb the ladder for. The junior wideout finished with 4 scores.
The Spartans scored three more touchdowns before Puyallup found the scoreboard, on of which a 70 yard fumble recovery for touchdown by Alexander Zaragoza.
Before the first half concluded, Puyallup tailback Honore Thomas punched in a pair of goal line touchdowns. At 41-14 could the Vikings rally?
The contest reached its breaking point early in the third when Connor Wedington busted loose for a 70 yard scamper, unfortunately a penalty negated the score. However, Coach Ross dialed up another run play for the University of Washington recruit on the next snap which he took 63 yards.
The scoring for both teams bounced back and forth until the conclusion of the contest, but Sumner had built a massive lead which was never jeopardized. A decisive victory for the 5-0 Spartans was the finished product with a tough Olympia Bears team next on the schedule. Puyallup falls to 3-2 with Graham-Kapowsin up next on the schedule.
The Final Score:
Sumner 76, Puyallup 35.
Connor Wedington- 4 rush TDs (2, 6, 60, 61)
Tre Weed- 2 rush TDs (8, 46) 2 rec TDs (11, 32)
Honore Thomas- 3 rush TDs
WASHINGTON STATE RANKINGS WEEK #3
|4A||LIVE 5!||Football||Week #3|
|1||Sumner||South Puget Sound||3-0|
|2||Camas||Greater St. Helens||3-0|
|4||Graham-Kapowsin||South Puget Sound||3-0|
|4A||IN THE HUNT||Football||Week #3|
|8||Olympia||South Puget Sound||3-0|
|10||Battle Ground||Greater St. Helens||3-0|
|4A||ON THE BUBBLE||Football||Week #3|
|-||Bellarmine Preparatory||South Puget Sound||2-1|
|-||Union||Greater St. Helens||2-1|
|Thursday||Sep 22nd||2016||4A SPSL||Boys||Football|
|Sumner High School||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
Sumner Survives SPSL Shootout with Graham-Kapowsin
By Steve Dion
It is rare that a league title can be won in September, but Thursday night’s SPSL showdown between #1 Sumner and #4 Graham-Kapowsin has the potential to determine just that. These two teams have separated themselves as the class of the conference which opens up the possibility that the winner could run the table to a conference championship.
GK opened strong with a scoring drive that culminated with a goal line plunge by Brandon Becker. The opening play from scrimmage by the Spartans on the ensuing drive went awry as a flea flicker by Connor Wedington resulted in the star running back absorbing a big tackle. The hit sent him to the sideline for a bit to catch his breath.
Shortly thereafter, Micah Smith gave the Eagles a 13-0 lead with a 70 yard scamper up the gut aided by the tremendous blocking of Foster Sarell and Matt Shook.
Sumner struck back in a big way when Tyson Rainwater recorded a pick-six from 43 yards out to prevent the Spartans from falling three scores behind. Before the first half concluded, Luke Ross took advantage of broken coverage and found a wide open Tre Weed to give the home team a one point lead heading in the break.
As the second half wore on, this battle was still up for grabs. A Sumner drive early in the fourth pushed the Eagles defense to bend, but not break. They held the Spartans to a field goal and a four point lead. GK proceeded to move the ball methodically down the field on a heavy dose of Micah Smith carries with the clock continuing to tick. Becker capped off the drive with another goal line push to send the Graham-Kapowsin sideline into exhilaration.
Sumner wasn’t done.
On the ensuing kickoff, Wedington took the kick 90 yards to the house in which he bounced off GK tacklers like a pinball. The return handed the lead back over to the #1 ranked team and they didn’t look back. Tre Weed picked off a desperation pass to put the game on ice. The Spartans hang on for a thrilling win between heavyweights.
Welcome to 4A, Sumner!
The Final Score:
Sumner 34, Graham-Kapowsin 27.
Connor Wedington- 90 yard game winning kickoff return TD
Tre Weed-2 TD receptions (43,63), 2 interceptions
Brandon Becker- 2 rushing TDs
Micah Smith-70 yard rushing TD
WASHINGTON STATE RANKINGS WEEK #2
|4A||LIVE 5!||Football||Week #2|
|1||Sumner||South Puget Sound||2-0|
|2||Camas||Greater St. Helens||2-0|
|3||Graham-Kapowsin||South Puget Sound||2-0|
|4A||IN THE HUNT||Football||Week #2|
|6||Bellarmine Preparatory||Sound Puget Sound||2-0|
|10||Skyview||Greater St. Helens||1-1|
|4A||ON THE BUBBLE||Football||Week #2|
|-||Battle Ground||Greater St. Helens||2-0|
|-||Olympia||South Puget Sound||2-0|
|-||Union||Greater St. Helens||2-0|
2016 Varsity Football Live Coach Interview
Sumner Spartans – Head Football Coach
After a breakout season in 2015, the Sumner Spartans are off to a hot start this season as one of the top teams in 4A. Coach Ross talks about some of his big time playmakers including University of Washington commit Connor Wedington and the evolution of the program since he took the helm.
To catch the complete radio interview with Sumner Coach Keith Ross, simply click on the PLAY BUTTON below.
WASHINGTON STATE RANKINGS WEEK #1
|4A||LIVE 5!||Football||Week #1|
|1||Sumner||South Puget Sound||1-0|
|2||Graham-Kapowsin||South Puget Sound||1-0|
|3||Gonzaga Preparatory||Greater Spokane||0-1|
|4||Camas||Greater St. Helens||1-0|
|4A||IN THE HUNT||Football||Week #1|
|9||Skyview||Greater St. Helens||1-0|
|4A||ON THE BUBBLE||Football||Week #1|
|-||Battle Ground||Greater St. Helens||0-1|
|-||Bellarmine Preparatory||Sound Puget Sound||1-0|
|-||Kennedy Catholic||North Puget Sound||1-0|
Team Preview Presented by theFinalScore.TV
Listen to TJ Cotterill’s team preview of the Sumner Spartans by clicking on play button below. For the full league interview, click here: http://thefinalscore.tv/wp/football-preview-npsl-spsl-with-tj-cotterill/
Sumner Spartans Football Preview with TJ Cotterill from The News Tribune
Football Preview: Sumner Spartans- TJ Cotterill from The News Tribune
League Preview presented by theFinalScore.TV
Steve Dion and TJ Cotterill breakdown the league reclassifications. Leagues have disappeared, new leagues have appeared. Narrows is gone, SPSL leagues have changed just to name a few.
We’ll break down the changes, the teams and players to look out for in 2016. This will be a crazy season in the South Sound Region – Follow us all year long on Varsity Football Live on Sports Radio 950 KJR and theFinalScore.TV.
Listen to our NPSL/SPSL Football Preview by clicking on the PLAY BUTTON below.
Be sure to visit thenewstribune.com and follow TJ’s high school football coverage all season long!
Lynden Lions Follow Lynden Christian Win With a Victory of Their Own
By Steven Dion
The northerly town of Lynden had two teams represented at the ShoWare Shootout on Saturday in Kent. After Lynden Christian defeated Cedar Park Christian, it was the Lions’ turn to keep the Lynden train rolling. Their recent playoff run in football leading to another state championship has certainly affected the quick transition to basketball, a team composed of many football players. Brett McDaniel and his Sumner team were eager to spoil the two hour trip north for their opponent Saturday afternoon.
Consistency was an issue for both squads in this game as momentum swings were abundant. Sumner was only able to put up five points in the first eight minutes. Fortunately for the Spartans, Lynden was only able to notch ten of their own. The tides turned in the next eight as Sumner’s full court press forced turnovers in the Lynden side of the floor. The absence of an undersized, ball-handling specialist on the big Lions roster was a weakness Sumner picked apart. A four-point second quarter by Lynden led to a lead change and a 18-14 Spartan lead at the break.
The third quarter proved to be a pivotal turning point in the game as Sumner was unable to protect their lead, conceding seventeen points to their opposition while only scoring seven. Sumner was going to need to stage a comeback in the final quarter to pull out a victory. The Spartans high energy offense provided ample opportunities to knock down shots. However, shots were challenged by the likes of Scooter Hastings and Jaremy Martin. Even though Sumner won the fourth quarter, they were unable to win the ballgame as 5 and 7 point first and third quarters dug a hole for the Spartans they could not dig themselves out of. At the final buzzer, Lynden won 43-40.
Sterling Somers – 16 points (6/15 FG’s, 4/8 3pt), 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals