Old-school football was revived for a night at Harry E. Lane Stadium as Sumner’s ground-and- pound attack wore down Clover Park in a 35-6 road victory.
“This is big for us,” Sumner coach Keith Ross said. “Road games are big and Clover Park is a dangerous team. They have great athletes. So I was nervous this week. Our kids came and we gave up only one touchdown. We started slow and we got going. It’s a big win for us.”
Sumner (4-0, 2-0), which finished with an impressive 30 rushes for 301 yards, was physically manhandled for much of the game before opening up its offense to score 21 points in the second half.
The menacing tandem of Brandon Tuilaepa and DeJon Lynch combined for all but five of the 301 yards gained. Tuilaepa finished with 155 yards and two rushing touchdowns, including scores of 64 and 38 yards. Lynch had 141 yards and two touchdowns, one for 22 yards and the other for nine.
As a whole, Sumner finished with 403 yards of total offense and just one turnover.
“Our O-line is great,” Ross said. “They’re undersized, but they work hard and work together. Our backs are great and we can establish that run game. I think that’s the fourth game in a row we’ve rushed for over 300 yards. We’re going to have success when we do that because that opens up the throwing game and we run some clock. That’s big for us. That’s what we do here.”
Clover Park (2-2, 0-1) also relied on its run game as Cordel Nelson, finished with 109 yards and a touchdown.
The Sumner coaching staff spent much of the week preparing for the explosive running back.
“That back, Nelson, he scared me,” Ross said. “If you don’t get a tackle on him, he’s gone. Our whole game plan all week was to stop him. We did that, for the most part.”