Spartans face top team in the first round | Sumner Football

The Spartans enter the first round of state after its win over Juanita Saturday. Sumner won 52-28.

Senior quarterback Chase Torgison looks down field during the second half of Tuesday's tiebreaker game against Lakes. Sumner won both games

The Spartans enter the first round of state after its win over Juanita Saturday.

Sumner won 52-28.

Sumner took an early 3-0 lead midway through the first quarter.

The Spartans held onto the lead until the second quarter.

Sumner started the quarter with three yards to go on second down.

With 11:33 to play in the first half, senior quarterback Chase Torgison’s pass to senior wide receiver Triston Wedington was good for six.

He scored from 28 yards out.

With the point after, the Spartans went up 10-0.

With 7:14 to play, Juanita got on the board after a 10 yard run.

Sumner led 10-7.

The Spartans increased its lead with a 25 yard touchdown pass from Torgison to senior wide receiver Austin Gregg.

The following play, Juanita fumbled and Sumner recovered.

First down for Sumner from Juanita’s 16 yard line.

Junior wide receiver Josiah Fidecaro ran into the end zone for six from one yard out.

With 1:32 remaining in the first half, Sumner led 24-7.

The Spartans opened up the third quarter with a 71 yard touchdown run by sophomore Connor Wedington.

Less than a minute into the second half and Sumner now led 31-7.

Midway through the third, the Spartans lost a fumble and Juanita recovered.

Senior defensive back Payton Hernandez came up big for the Spartans with an interception to get the ball back.

After a three and out, Juanita got the ball back.

The Rebels scored on a 74 yard touchdown run.

Sumner led 31-14 with 4:30 remaining in the third quarter.

Juanita’s kickoff was an onside but Sumner recovered the ball.

Fidecaro scored another touchdown for the Spartans this time from five yards out.

Sumner was now up 38-14 over the Rebels.

On Juanita’s next possession, unsportsmanlike conduct by the Spartans gave the Rebels an automatic first down on fourth and 12.

Now into the fourth quarter, Juanita scores on a nine yard run.

The Rebels converted two points and now trail Sumner 38-22.

Sumner scored another six on a nine yard run by Connor Wedington.

The Spartans now led 45-22.

Another Sumner fumble and Juanita recovered.

The Rebels scored on a six yard run but were unable to convert the two points.

It now trailed Sumner 45-28 with 2:11 remaining in the game.

Sumner once again recovered Juanita’s onside kick.

Connor Wedington scored another touchdown for the Spartans.

His 55 yard run was Sumner’s last score of the game.

The Spartans recovered a fumble on the kickoff following the score.

Sumner lined up in victory formation and took a knee.

With the win, the Spartans move to the first round of the state tournament.

Sumner will face off against the No. 1 ranked team in the state the Bellevue Wolverines.

The game will be played at Bellevue High School.

The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14.

The Road to State

It wasn’t an easy road for the Spartans to the state quarterfinals.

The Spartans lost four straight midway through the season.

Ending the regular season, Sumner held a three way tie for fourth place along side Enumclaw and Lakes.

To determine which team would play in the district playoffs, the three schools faced each other in a mini tiebreaker playoff game Tuesday, Nov. 4.

The Spartans played Enumclaw first for two quarters.

Sumner won 14-12 over the Hornets, advancing it to play the final two quarters against the Lancers.

Sumner beat Lakes 13-6, punching its’ ticket to Saturday’s game against Juanita.

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