Panthers, Spartans lose first conference game | SPSL 3A Football

The Panthers and Spartans kicked off conference play with a loss each last week.

Bonney Lake senior quarterback Isaiah Weed stiff arms an Enumclaw defender Friday during the Panthers’ 35-28 loss.

The Panthers and Spartans kicked off conference play with a loss each last week.

Bonney Lake hosted the Enumclaw Hornets Friday at Sunset Chev Stadium and the Spartans traveled to Auburn to face the Auburn Mountainview Lions for the Root Sports high school game of the week Thursday.

Bonney Lake

After a hard-fought battle, the Hornets beat the Panthers 35-28.

The Panthers sit in seventh place in the South Puget Sound League 3A with a 0-2 league record and 1-3 overall.

Friday’s game was a battle from the opening kickoff. The teams went into the half tied at 21.

The second half started with a score each in the third quarter.

The Panthers and Hornets entered the fourth tied at 28.

Bonney Lake had the ball and was driving down the field, coach Jason Silbaugh said, when junior Patrick Oxile carried the ball for a first down on third and three.

But Oxile fumbled and the Hornets recovered.

Enumclaw capitalized on the turnover and took the lead 35-28.

After the scoring drive, Bonney Lake got the ball back with less than three minutes to play.

The Panthers drove down field to the three yard line, Silbaugh said and with 27 seconds left in the game it was fourth and goal from the five yard line.

Senior Isaiah Weed “rolled out of the pocket, tucked the ball and went in for the tying score,” Silbaugh said.

But a flag was thrown and the call was holding on the offense.

Now with 20 seconds left in the game and the chance to tie and force overtime, the Panthers were facing fourth and goal from the 18 yard line.

“Weed dropped back to throw and was sacked,” Silbaugh said.

The Hornets took over on downs.

The Panthers finished the game with 151 rushing yards and 290 passing. Bonney Lake also had three turnovers.

Weed finished the game 21-29 with four touchdowns and two interceptions.

Oxile had 31 carries for 134 yards.

Wide receivers junior Jordan Cozzi had eight catches for 114 yards and one touchdown, senior Dillon Jordan had five catches for 104 yards and two touchdowns and junior Joe Herrera had one catch for 24 yards and a touchdown.

Bonney Lake travels to Lakewood to face the Lakes Lancers at 7 p.m. Friday.

Sumner

After four quarters of back and forth scoring, the Spartans lost 42-35.

The first quarter was scoreless for the Spartans and Lions Thursday in Auburn.

But Sumner struck first with 8:52 to go in the half on a 29 yard run by junior wide receiver Josiah Fidecaro.

Before the half, Auburn Mountainview took the lead 14-7 after a touchdown pass and run late in the second quarter.

Less than four minutes into the second half, the Spartans scored on a nine yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Chase Torgison to sophomore Michael Carey.

The tie wouldn’t last long, the Lions scored 10 seconds later on a 61 yard pass.

Auburn Mountainview led the Spartans by seven.

Half way through the third quarter, Sumner tied the game again at 21.

The Lions answered again with another touchdown, taking the lead back.

But the Spartans tied the game one last time in the third quarter with 28 a piece with 2:46 to go in the third quarter.

The back and forth game continued into the final quarter.

Auburn Mountainview took the lead for another time 29 seconds in the fourth.

The Lions scored on a four yard pass.

The Spartans fought hard and tied the game one final time at 35.

The score came on a fumble return by senior lineman Collin Baker.

Auburn Mountainview scored the final touchdown of the game with 1:40 to go.

With the Lions up 42-35 and the clock ticking down, the Spartans had one more chance to tie the game and force overtime.

But with the clock running down, Sumner couldn’t find the end zone and fell short.

Torgison finished the game 11-26 for 158 yards throwing no touchdown passes or interceptions.

Fidecaro finished with 17 carries for 153 yards and three touchdowns.

The Spartans lost its first regular season game since 2012.

Sumner sits fifth in the South Puget Sound League 3A with a 1-1 league record and 3-1 overall.

Auburn Mountainview leads the league at 2-0.

The Spartans host the Peninsula Seahawks at 7 p.m. Friday.

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