Sumner’s ground attack rumbled, tumbled and bowled its way into the school’s record book.
And the Spartans claimed their first victory in the Puyallup-Sumner valley rivalry.
In the 22 years he’s been coaching, Keith Ross had never seen a win as lopsided, or his team rush for aa many yards as it did in its 76-35 victory agaisnt Puyallup on Saturday at Sparks Stadium — coming one week after Puyallup quarterback Nathaniel Holcomb set the state 11-man record with 10 touchdown passes in a 77-60 win over South Kitsap.
Sumner ran for 507 total rushing yards on 50 carries with seven touchdowns, with University of Washington committ Connor Wedington gaining 265 yards on 20 carries with four TDs.
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“That is the most points and rushing yards that I have seen in my 22 years of coaching,” Ross said.
Sumner’s (5-0, 4-0 4A SPSL) high-octane offense worked over Puyallup’s defense in the first half as the Spartans marched out to a 41-14 lead by halftime.
After Wedington’s 54-yard run opened the game to set Sumner up inside the red-zone, quarterback Luke Ross floated a 11-yard pass to Tre Weed, who tipped it to himself as he fell backward in the end-zone, giving and Sumner the first score and a 7-0 lead after kicking in the extra-point.
“I didn’t see the catch, but I just know it wasn’t a great throw,” Luke Ross said. “It was to his side, I under threw it a little bit and he made a great play.”
“That was a great throw by Luke and a great call,” Weed retorted. “I just jumped up, hoped I landed with the ball in the basket and putting that squeeze on it.”
Ross (9-for-11, 114 passing yards, three touchdowns) connected with tight-end John Hopkins on a 15- yards pass on the next Spartan drive, 14-0, and Cameron Waterman returned a 72-yard fumble recovery that put Sumner up 20-0 by the end of the first.
The bleeding didn’t stop there as Wedington hammered in a score from the 1 and Sumner pushed their lead to 27-0.
Honore Thomas (62 rushing yards, 3 touchdowns) put Puyallup on the board their next drive when he plowed in for a three-yard score, 27-7, but Wedington responded with a 60-yard touchdown putting Sumner back up by four scores, 34-7, after the PAT.
Luke Ross hooked up with Weed for a second score, where the junior made a 34-yard catch and run that gave Sumner a 41-7 lead.
“We did a lot better than last week. We made our adjustments, and we just executed really well,” said Ross as Sumner went into the half holding a 41-14 lead.
Ross completed his first seven passes, with three of them going for touchdowns.
Sumner opened the half with Wedington rifling off a 61-yard touchdown, one play after he had a run of the same length wiped away by a penalty.
“Puyallup’s dangerous. As a defensive coordinator, I was stressing all week because they throw the ball up,” Keith Ross said. “They have great receivers, scored a lot of points and caught a lot of touchdowns, so it was never easy for me the whole game.”
Holcomb, the South Sound’s passing leader, struggled against the SPSL’s No. 1 pass defense on Saturday. After being shut down in the first half, Holcomb started connecting with Noah McFadden (94 yards on seven receptions) and Landen Neff (91 yards on five receptions) setting up Thomas’ third touchdown of the game, 48-21.
Holcomb went to work on Puyallup’s next possession as the senior connected with his first touchdown of the game late in the third when his floated a 40-yard pass to Darius Morrison (73 yards) in the corner, cutting the lead to 55-28.
After Weed (231 all-purpose yards on offense) sped to a 45 yard touchdown, 62-28, Holcomb found McFadden on a 15 yard strike for Puyallup’s final score, 62-35.
“Our kids responded well. They scored 76-points, and we played hard. It was a good game,” Ross said.
Holcomb (22-for-44) finished 306 passing yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions one week after setting the state’s 11-man touchdown record (10). Holcomb now has 27 passing touchdowns through the first five games of the season.
The record-setting day didn’t end for Sumner as Weed crossed the goal line for a fourth time on a nine yard run, 69-35, and Waterman slipped by the Vikings defense on a 12-yard run for one last score.
Sumner will host Olympia (5-0) next week at Sunset Chev Stadium. Puyallup will travel to play Graham-Kapowsin (4-1) at Art Crate Field.
No. 3 SUMNER
S - Tre Weed 11 pass from Luke Ross (Nick Phillips kick)
S - John Hopkins 15 pass from Ross (Phillips kick)
S - Cameron Waterman 72 fumble recovery (kick fail)
S - Connor Wedington 1 run (Phillips kick)
P - Honore Thomas 3 run (Nathan Cutler kick)
S - Wedington 60 run (Phillips kick)
S - Weed 32 pass from Ross (Phillips kick)
P - Thomas 1 run (Cutler kick)
S - Wedington 61 run (Phillips kick)
P - Thomas 2 run (Cutler kick)
S - Wedington 5 run (Phillips kick)
P - Darius Morrison 40 pass from Nathaniel Holcomb (Cutler kick)
S - Weed 45 run (Phillips kick)
P - McFadden 15 pass from Holcomb (Cutler kick)
S - Weed 9 run (Phillips kick)
S - Waterman 12 run (Phillips kick)