Friday night football saw a pair of local teams improve to 2-0 on the young season.
Both the Sumner Spartans and Enumclaw Hornets continued their hot starts, while the White River crew picked up their opening win of the campaign. On the down side of the ledger, the Bonney Lake Panthers slipped to .500, falling in Week 2 after picking up a season-opening victory.
SUMNER 45, OLYMPIA 0
Playing in front of a blacked-out home crowd, coach Keith Ross and his Spartans continued their winning ways.
The big story thus far has been a dominating Sumner defense that has pitched two shutouts in back-to-back outings. Friday’s whomping of the visiting Olympia Bears followed on the heels of an Aug. 31 pasting of South Kitsap.
Friday’s contest saw the Sparts jump to leads of 7-0 after one quarter and 24-0 by halftime.
Tyler Ruch put him team on the scoreboard first with a short run. Freshman kicker Wyatt Redding then padded the score with an impressive 46-yard field goal. The second quarter was rounded out when Deontrea Stoudemire hauled in a 12-yard TD pass from Austin Grondahl and Grohdahl scored on a short run of his own.
Third quarter touchdowns came courtesy of a scoring connection from Grondahl to Devon Murray and a rushing TD by Ra’Sun Williams. Camden Russell polished off the scoring with a 3-yard burst.
Things should get considerably tougher this week when the Spartans make the short trip to Sparks Stadium and face the Puyallup Vikings. The teams are the only undefeated squads in the South Puget Sound League 4A. Game time is 7 p.m. Friday.
ENUMCLAW 49, AUBURN MOUNTAINVIEW 0
Playing in the friendly confines of the Enumclaw Expo Center, the Hornets made their dominance abundantly clear, rolling to a huge North Puget Sound League victory.
The impressive win was the second of the season for the Hornets, who have now outscored their opponents 90-21.
This Friday brings a test against Decatur High. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. at Federal Way Memorial Field. The Gators enter the game with an 0-2 mark, having dropped games to Todd Beamer and Spanaway Lake. Decatur has had a rough time so far, scoring a lone touchdown while giving up 115 points in two lopsided losses.
WHITE RIVER 46, RENTON 0
After picking up an easy South Puget Sound League 2A victory last Friday, the Hornets will be in search of league win No. 2 this week. White River is again at home, taking on the Washington Patriots at 7 p.m. Friday.
Washington has had a rather rough start to its season, dropping both its games. The Patriots opened with a 44-21, nonleague loss to the Sequim Wolves and followed up with a tough 21-20 SPSL loss to Fife.
White River’s rout of Renton not only showcased the Hornet starters, but allowed coach Jeff Zenisek to give his backups some varsity experience.
White River jumped on top 21-0 after just one quarter of play. The scoring barrage began with an 11-yard run by Jack Ervien and concluded with a pair of touchdown passes from junior quarterback TJ Stroschein. His first TD was to Jacob Selander, the second to Ryan Firle.
Second quarter scores came on a run by Ervien and a 34-yard pass from Stroschein to Cam Davis. Caden Roehr scored the Hornets third-quarter touchdowns, one from 5 yards out and the second on a long, 71-yard gallop.
For the game, Stroschein went 9-of-14 for 177 yards and three TDs. Ervien averaged a dozen yards per carry, finishing with 72 yards on six attempts. Roehr wound up with 146 yards on the ground, toting the ball just six times.
TIMBERLINE 28, BONNEY LAKE 21
The Panthers fell to 1-1 on the season – both nonleague contests – with last Friday’s loss to the Timberline Blazers.
This week’s opponent, Stadium High of Tacoma, is in the same boat, sitting at 1-1. The two will square off at 7 p.m. at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner.
The Panthers were in last week’s game against Timberline during the early stages, using an early touchdown pass and two-point conversion to grab an 8-6 lead. That disappeared,however, when the Lacey squad added a second TD in the first quarter and lone touchdowns in the second, third and fourth periods. Trailing 28-8, the Panthers made things interesting by finding the end zone twice in the fourth quarter.