Sumner High Spartans – offensive football juggernauts?
Sometimes longtime coach Keith Ross has to blink his eyes a few times to get a clearer view from the sideline of what his purple-clad team is really doing out on the turf at Sunset Chev Stadium.
So far, it has been mind-blowing, especially considering the Spartans are traditionally a ground-and-pound, play-tough-defense type squad.
Sixth-ranked Sumner finally pulled away from Bonney Lake, 49-28, to win the non-league “Sunset Bowl” on Friday night.
So far through two games, the Spartans have tallied 98 points, and totaled 955 yards of offense.
“Sumner is not known to score 49 points in back-to-back games,” Ross said. “But our offense is high-powered. It has pushed us over the top.”
Sure, the Spartans are still moving the ball primarily on the ground. They had 341 rushing yards Friday – 225 coming from standout tailback DeJon Lynch.
But when defenses load up near the line of scrimmage to try and slow down Lynch and company, Ross has not hesitated to let quarterback Chase Torgison chuck it down the field.
Torgison is making plays. He threw three touchdown passes, including one on a 62-yard connection with Triston Wedington. And he added another score on the ground.
“We think (Torgison) is the best quarterback we’ve ever had. And we have receivers that can make plays, so it goes hand-in-hand,” Ross said. “It has been fun scheming, knowing teams are going to load up in the box.”
Torgison’s 3-yard touchdown pass to Lynch at the end of the third quarter gave the Spartans a 42-21 lead.
At Puyallup 47, Spanaway Lake 20: Brendan Illies had a big night with 248 passing yards and six touchdowns for the Vikings, who rolled to a victory at Sparks Stadium.
Illies’ 9-yard scoring strike to Tyce Theer with 1:55 to go in the first half staked Puyallup to a 25-0 lead.
At Auburn 47, Mount Rainier 12: Seventeen ball-carries for the Trojans amassed 371 rushing yards, leading the 2012 Class 4A semifinalists to an easy victory at Memorial Stadium.
Kent-Meridian 22, at Kentlake 15: After the Falcons rallied to take a lead, the Royals answered with the lone score in the fourth quarter – Matt Baidre’s 27-yard touchdown pass to Vinnie Malietufa – to close out a victory at French Field.
At Wilson 66, Bremerton 9: For the second consecutive weekend, Brandon Montgomery scored on a special-teams return – this time twice, on a 96-yard kickoff return and a 64-yard punt return, and the Rams blitzed the Knights at Stadium Bowl.
Montgomery finished with 262 all-purpose yards while Isaiah Simpson had 116 rushing yards and three touchdowns for Wilson.
At Orting 40, Evergreen of Seattle 12: The Cardinals have added to their stable of speedsters: His name is Justin Kennett.
The transfer from Emerald Ridge High School debuted with 180 all-purpose yards, hauled in two touchdown passes (22, 44) from Eddie Prong, and returned a punt 51 yards for a score in Orting’s home victory.
Lindbergh 26, at Steilacoom 21: Daniel Wiitanen rallied the Eagles from a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter with touchdown runs of 36 and 24 yards in shocking the Sentinels.
Cascade Christian 21, at Montesano 7: The third-ranked Cougars rode Hunter Austin’s 127 rushing yards and two touchdowns in defeating the defending 1A champion Bulldogs at Stewart Field in Aberdeen.
Montesano, ranked No. 4, avoided the shutout with three minutes to go.
Eatonville 28, at Elma 19: George Tomal scored two short touchdown runs, and added 11 tackles and a fumble recovered on defense, and the Cruisers notched a road victory over the Eagles.