Spartans lose third straight, drop in SPSL | Sumner Football

The Sumner Spartans lost its third straight game Thursday 31-30 to Auburn. The Spartans have fallen from the top rankings of the South Puget Sound League 3A and sit in sixth place.

Sumner senior Chase Torgison hands the ball off to junior Josh Riley during Thursdays 31-30 loss to the Auburn Trojans.

The Sumner Spartans lost its third straight game Thursday 31-30 to Auburn.

The Spartans have fallen from the top rankings of the South Puget Sound League 3A and sit in sixth place.

Sumner is now 1-3 in league play and 3-3 overall.

Thursday was a close game for Sumner as the clock wound down.

Auburn opened up the first quarter scoring two touchdowns and a field goal.

With one of the touchdowns off a fumble returned for six.

Down 17-0 in the second, Sumner scored two minutes in on a two yard run by junior Josiah Fidecaro.

The Spartans went for the two point conversion but were unsuccessful and now trailed the Trojans 17-6.

Sumner added to its lead with a touchdown pass from senior Chase Torgison to sophomore Connor Wedington for a 56 yard gain.

The Spartans were only down four points.

But with 41 seconds to play in the first half, Auburn added to its lead with a touchdown.

The Trojans were up 24-13 entering halftime.

The second half appeared to be all Sumner.

The Spartans kicked a field goal with 8:21 to play in the third.

Down 24-16, Sumner closed the gap with a 10 yard quarterback keeper by Torgison.

The Spartans once again went for the two point conversion to tie the game but were unsuccessful.

Sumner trailed Auburn 24-22 after three.

The fourth quarter appeared scoreless until 50 seconds remained and the Spartans scored on a 14 yard run by junior Josh Riley.

Riley also successfully ran it in for the two point conversion.

Added eight to the board, Sumner was up 30-24 with less than a minute to go in the game.

Auburn with the ball made their way down the field.

With zero seconds remaining on the clock, the Trojans scored the winning touchdown.

Auburn won by one point.

This is Sumner’s third close game in as many weeks. Last week, the Spartans lost in overtime to Peninsula 26-20 and the week prior Sumner lost 42-35 to Auburn Mountainview.

This week, the Spartans travel to face the Lakes Lancers at 7 p.m. Friday.

More in Sports

Hornet wrestlers take honors at WR Classic

Two White River competitors came away with placing first in their weight class.

Mix of varsity experience, newcomers dot winter rosters at Enumclaw, White River

White River’s boys wrestling is now full of experienced seniors, and an Enumclaw swimmer is looking to make another splash this year.

Eleven former Spartans on collegiate football rosters

From Eastern Washington to the Dakotas, former Sumner High School student athletes are making names for themselves while continuing their education.

Sumner, Bonney Lake athletes spring into winter season

The Panthers wrestling team is looking to be the top school in the Tacoma Dome this year.

Three local wrestlers in national rankings

White River’s Stroud sits at No. 4 in the country.

Athletes make their futures official, sign with colleges

Students from White River, Sumner, and Bonney Lake are ready for the next step in their education and athletics.

Enumclaw, Bonney Lake represent at state swim championships

A Hornet relay team placed 15th, while a Panther was outed in the preliminaries.

Three local teams bounced in first round of state soccer playoffs

Bonney Lake, White River and Sumner went out early in postseason this year.

White River eighth in 2A state volleyball

The Hornets stated the tournament facing an old enemy, the Fife Trojans.

State cross country meet included runners from all four local programs

Check out how area athletes did in Pasco last weekend.

Buckley’s Roberts joins PLU Athletic Hall of Fame

Roberts was once coached at Sumner High School, before joining up with Enumclaw.

White River in state volleyball, Bonney Lake aims for 3A berth

The Enumclaw Hornets took two losses, ending their season at the West Central/Southwest District tournament.