Sumner advances to Elite Eight in 4A football playoffs

Sumner High’s march to gridiron glory continues this week as the Spartans host Monroe in the quarterfinal round of the Class 4A football championships.

Sumner High’s march to gridiron glory continues this week as the Spartans host Monroe in the quarterfinal round of the Class 4A football championships.

The Saturday game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at Sunset Chev Stadium, with the winner advancing to the 4A semifinals.

The Spartans advanced to the state’s Elite Eight with a Nov. 10, 42-14 defeat of the Union Titans. The game was played at McKenzie Stadium in Camas, the same turf where Sumner’s season came to an end a season ago.

It was a much different story this time around, as the Spartans hit the scoreboard early and often wile rolling to a convincing victory. It was 21-0 when the game was barely 8 minutes old and 35-7 by halftime.

Ben Wilson, who had a season-high rushing night, put Sumner on the scoreboard with an early, 31-yard TD run. Bryan Falk added a short touchdown burst and Blake Tannehill capped the first-quarter outburst by returning a Titan fumble 33 yards to the end zone.

By halftime, Sumner would benefit from four Titan turnovers.

In the second period, Alex Fraser hauled in a pass from Luke Ross for a 53-yard score and Wilson chugged in for a 5-yard touchdown. Ross scored on a short run in the third period to round out the Spartan scoring.

The victory pushed Sumner’s season record to 9-2, the only blemishes coming at the hands of Graham-Kapowsin and Puyallup, teams that also made their way into the state tourney field. Like Sumner, Graham-Kapowsin advanced with a victory last weekend.

This week’s Spartan opponent visits Sumner with an impressive 10-1 record. The Monroe Bearcats placed second in the Wesco Conference with a 6-1 record, beat Mount Si in a district matchup and last week eliminated Puyallup 21-14.

Friday’s winner advances to the Final Four and will take on the winner of another quarterfinal contest between Woodinville and Graham-Kapowsin.

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