The Spartans are back on the gridiron preparing for the opening of the 2013 football season.
The Spartans hope to repeat the success of last season. In 2012 Sumner went 7-2 in the regular season and 2-1 in the post season.
Coach Keith Ross is beginning his 13th year on the sidelines leading the Spartan charge.
Ross said by email the offense is, “very balanced this year. We have the ability to run the ball well with Dejon Lynch and Brandon Tuilaepa and we can also throw well with quarterback Chase Torgison.”
Torgison is a junior, and both Lynch and Tuilaepa are seniors.
Austin Striplin is anchoring the offensive line and playing linebacker, he is a returning league MVP.
Austin Gregg is a junior wide out and is expected to be a game changer according to Ross.
Ross said his defense is, “bigger, faster and more experienced. We are also blessed to have some depth on the defensive side of the ball.”
Tuilaepa will be working as quarterback for the defense as safety.
Other players on defense are Zack Summers a dominant defensive end, senior Victor Padilla, tackle. Ross said Padilla is a “disruptive force in the middle who will be all over the field.”
Austin Ford, a junior cornerback is becoming a very successful cover corner according to Ross.
Looking at the season Ross said, “We expect to compete in every game. We are a fast and physical football team that wants to continue building on the legacy that has been handed to us from teams that came before us. We expect to make our school and community proud.”