The Sumner Spartans hosted the, then, undefeated Auburn Mountainview Lions Friday.
The Spartans remain undefeated after winning the contest 31-12.
Sumner is tied with Lakes for first place in the South Puget Sound League 3A, each with a 4-0 overall record and 2-0 in league play.
In preparation to face a dominating team like the Lions, Sumner head coach Keith Ross said the Spartans’ defensive game plan was to stop Mountainview’s short passing game and to limit yards after a catch.
“We wanted to slow the game down and control the ball and limit their offensive possessions,” he said. “We have been working on the game plan since August and worked on it every week (since).”
This season wins come after Sumner lost on Root Sports Game of the Week last year to the Lions 42-35.
Ross said, “We were able to score early and get them out of their game plan.”
Auburn Mountainview got on the board first Friday, scoring a touchdown halfway through the first quarter.
After missing the extra point, the Lions were up 6-0.
Sumner kicked a 30 yard field goal with 2:06 remaining in the first quarter.
The Spartans took over the lead eight seconds into the second after a 49 yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Luke Ross to sophomore wide receiver Tre Weed.
Auburn Mountainview scored a touchdown off a Sumner fumble for 27 yards.
The Lions went for two but were unsuccessful.
Mountainview regained the lead, 12-10.
Sumner scored two more times before the half.
The first score was a 33 yard touchdown by junior running back Connor Wedington.
The Spartans final score before halftime was a fumble recovery by senior outside linebacker Kolby Nikolaisen for 70 yards.
Nikolaisen also had an interception during Friday’s matchup.
Entering the half, Sumner lead Auburn Mountainview 24-12.
The final score of the night was a 1-yard run by Wedington.
Auburn Mountainview had two players ejected from the game for throwing punches.
“Mountainview is a great team that is very well coached,” Ross said. “This was one of our biggest wins in recent years and the boys played out our game plan perfectly.”
Sophomores Logan Mayer with 12 tackles and Ben Wilson with 13 led the Sumner defense.
Quarterback Ross was 8 for 13 on the night with 123 yards.
And Wedington finished the game with 18 carries for 110 yards and two touchdowns.
“The atmosphere was electric, the band was rocking, the student section was wild and the stadium was full with more than 4,000 fans,” Keith Ross said. “Sumner is truly the place to be.”
The Spartans take a break from home games and travel to Peninsula to face the Seahawks at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1.
Bonney Lake pulls out one-point victory over Enumclaw Hornets
The Panthers pulled out a close victory Friday against the Enumclaw Hornets at the Expo Center.
Bonney Lake won by one, 15-14.
The game see-sawed back and forth with each team at times moving the ball and at times turning the ball over.
Scoring highlights were unavailable at press deadline.
The 2-2 Panthers host the Lakes Lancers at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2.
Up next for the Hornets is an away game against the Auburn Trojans at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1.