The Sumner Spartans scored 31 unanswered points in the second half Friday against the Fife Trojans to keep their undefeated season alive.
Fife got off to an early start, scoring on its opening drive.
It didn’t take long for Sumner to answer. The Spartans on its first possession of the game, went for it on fourth down and kept the drive alive. Quarterback Chase Torgison’s 30-yard pass to wide receiver Triston Wedington resulted in a touchdown, tying the game at 7-7.
Fife ran the ensuing kickoff for 90 yards and a touchdown to regain the lead 14-7 with 4:23 to go in the first quarter. The Trojans added to its lead on its next possession with a 52 yard touchdown run to go up 21-7.
For the remainder of the first half, Sumner punted every time they touched the ball. Fife would kick a field goal and score on a 40 yard touchdown to take its lead to 31-7 going into the half.
To start the second half, Sumner had the ball but turned it over with an interception. Fife couldn’t convert on the turnover.
Torgison’s 66-yard pass to wide receiver Josiah Fidecaro was good for a touchdown. The Spartans went for the two-point conversion and got it, bringing Fife’s lead to 31-15 with 4:56 to go in the third quarter.
On the next possession, Sumner recovered Fife’s fumble. On a quarterback keeper, Torgison scored from three yards out. With another two-point conversion, the Spartans trailed 31-23 with 3:04 in the third quarter.
As the third quarter neared the end, the Spartans scored on a 62 yard touchdown run. With a failed two-point conversion, Sumner trailed 31-29.
Fife went for it on fourth down but couldn’t convert. Sumner scored on a 45 yard touchdown pass from Torgison to Wedington and with the two-point conversion good, the Spartans took the lead for the first time 37-31 with 7:55 to play.
Sumner held Fife on fourth down and holds possession of the ball for the remainder of the game.
The Spartans came back from a 24-point deficient at halftime, to beat the Trojans 37-31. Sumner improves to 6-0 in conference play and 8-0 overall.
“It was truly a tale of two halves,” Sumner coach Keith Ross said. “I am very proud of the character and champions heart that our team displayed.”
The final regular season game is at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1 at Sunset Chev Stadium against White River.