With a dominating 35-0 home victory over White River, DeJon Lynch and the Sumner Spartans left no doubt who’s the best team in the SPSL 2A.
The win not only secured the conference title, but a perfect regular season at 7-0 in conference and 9-0 overall. This is the first year since 1975 that Sumner has ended the regular season undefeated.
“We talked about it. We talk about leaving a legacy here,” Sumner coach Keith Ross said of the perfect regular season. “We wanted to be undefeated champs. We didn’t want to be co-champs. We wanted to be the No. 1 seed and we wanted to do something that hasn’t been done in 38 years. This is a big night for us.”
Lynch, Sumner’s senior running back, was a man among boys.
Finishing the game with 116 yards and three touchdowns on 10 carries, the British Columbia transplant displayed an admirable mix of speed and power as the White River defense couldn’t wrap up the 6-foot, 225-pound back.
“He’s a good runner. He’s a very good runner,” White River coach Joe Sprouse said. “He’s got quick feet. The scheme they run him behind is very good. He’s only as good as his lineman and Austin Striplin is about as good as they come. It helps when they run it behind him.”
As for White River, the statistical cupboard was bare.
Accumulating a total of 165 yards, the Hornet offense was stifled all game, never finding a serious scoring opportunity.
“They don’t come around very often,” Ross said of the shutout. “I think we held five or six of our opponents to seven or less, but we haven’t gotten shutouts. It’s good. Especially against a team of White River’s caliber. We’re a defensive team and that was a great for us.”
Next up, Sumner will play Renton at home Friday, while White River will play Olympic at a location and time to be determined.