TCU-bound Ben Wilson has had many career days for tackling as a linebacker with the Spartans.
And on Friday, he had his finest day as a ball-carrier.
Wilson rushed for a career-high 221 yards and six touchdowns, and Tre Weed added 210 yards as the slow-starting Spartans won, 52-18, at Viking Field in University Place.
Sumner (3-0) rolled up 480 rushing yards in the game.
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A tight first half gave way to Wilson and the Sumner offense in the second half as the second-ranked Spartans ran awayfor the South Puget Sound League 4A at Viking Stadium.
Wilson did not touch the ball during Sumner’s first three possessions. Beginning with the Spartans’ fourth drive, the 6-foot-2 senior muscled his way to a touchdown on each of the next six possessions.
“He’s a tough kid to handle,” Sumner head coach Keith Ross. “Once we got ahead we went back to what we do best: run the ball north and south with a big physical back who can outrun people.”
For a player who’s reached four-star status based on his defensive work, Friday’s stat line proved a new experience.
“This is my first year playing offense, so it’s kind of surprising to me even to score touchdowns like that,” Wilson said. “Offense is really fun.”
Wilson was not the only Spartan runner to post gaudy numbers on the ground, as fellow senior Weed also surpassed 200 yards on the night.
“They’re amazing players,” Ross said. “They bring different things to the table. Trey’s the open-field, elusive, super-athletic, and Ben’s physical and fast. What are you going to do, load up on Ben or cover Trey? The nice thing is they can’t do both to the best of their ability, so that gives us a great advantage.”
Curtis challenged Sumner early, scoring first on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Russell to Zack Paulsen. Sumner jumped ahead 7-6 on the ensuing possession, as Weed took a fourth-and-3 handoff right up the middle for a 19-yard score. A field goal and Wilson’s first touchdown pushed the Spartans’ advantage to 17-6 four minutes before the half.
The Vikings mounted one more challenge, taking advantage of a Sumner pass interference penalty on a fourth-down play to keep a drive alive. Two plays later Russell lofted a pass to Taj Moffett in the right corner of the end zone for his second touchdown of the night.
Sumner took possession with less than a minute remaining in the half and Wilson charged 66 yards down the left sideline for a 24-12 halftime lead.
“We ended up great, but at the beginning I think we might’ve taken them lightly,” Ross said. “We knew that Curtis was a good team; they run a good offense and a different defense, so we knew they would give us some problems. But we finished great, and I’m glad that we got the win.”
Sumner pulled away quickly in the second half on the strength of Wilson’s running and a defense that finished the night with four takeaways and two fourth-down stops. The Spartans surpassed 50 points for the second time in three games heading into a heavyweight road matchup with fifth-ranked Graham-Kapowsin.
“It’s a big game,” Ross said. “This is why we do what we do. We work all year, we lift all year to get prepared. We knew G-K was going to be good again this year, and it’s a great rivalry. Two of the best teams in the state get to play during a league game, so we’re just excited to go up there and play them.”
“We’re going to go out there and play hard, just like we always do, and try to win the game,” Wilson said.
C – Paulsen 1-pass from Russell (Kick failed)
S – Weed 7-run (Sigafoos kick)
S – Sigafoos 39-field goal
S – Wilson 8-run (Sigafoos kick)
C – Moffett 14-pass from Russell (Pass failed)
S – Wilson 66-run (Sigafoos kick)
S – Wilson 4-run (Sigafoos kick)
S – Wilson 3-run (Sigafoos kick)
S – Wilson 32-run (Sigafoos kick)
C – Bond 1-run (Pass failed)
S – Wilson 8-run (Sigafoos kick)