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.