Puyallup: Sports

Wedington’s 5 TDs, defense lead Spartans to victory

The Sumner High football team continued its dominant run this season in a Class 3A district playoff matchup against Cleveland on Friday night at Sunset Chev Stadium.

Running back Connor Wedington put the final nail in the coffin on a 52-yard touchdown run – his fifth and final score of the game — to cement a decisive 41-8 district victory over Cleveland (6-4) that propelled the Spartans into the 3A state bracket.

“We just finished (in practice) all week, and we just come out with a 48-8 (win), how could we be dissatisfied with that?” Wedington asked.

Sumner (10-0) will host Bishop Blanchet (9-1) on Friday (Nov. 13) at Sunset Chev Stadium.

“We were talking about just this week the growth of this line — and we’re here in week 10,” Sumner coach Keith Ross said. “We think they’re going to keep getting better ... (because) Wedington is always going to be there.”

Wedington finished with 189 yards on 14 carries, scoring on runs of 80, 2, 1, 12 and 52 yards.

As Wedington and the offense maintained status quo against Cleveland, so did the Spartan defense, led by defensive back Skyler Sandretzky.

After Zech Brown opened up the game with an 80-yard kickoff return for the Eagles, the Spartan defense went to work, forcing a turnover on downs.

That momentum shift swung hard in Sumner’s favor as Wedington picked up his first touchdown on Sumner’s first offensive play. On the run, Wedington juked two Cleveland defenders — the second player twice.

Cleveland found nothing the majority of the game, as one of the state’s top defenses allowed little in either the ground game or through the air.

And throughout the game, there was Ross and Sandretzky talking, making the adjustments to keep the pressure on the Eagles.

“We’re talking about making adjustments, because he always says I’m the quarterback of the defense,” Sandretzky said. “I have to be the one that makes sure everyone’s on the same page.”

One such moment came late in the game when Cleveland quarterback Malik Abdul-Haqq tried to stretch the field, but ended up throwing an interception to cornerback Tre Weed. On the ensuing possession, Sumner scored its sixth touchdown — a Michael Carey 11-yard reception from Luke Ross — to push the lead to 41-0.

“We take pride in not giving up anything over the top,” Weed said.

Cascade Christian 42, Chimicum 0:

The Cougars continued a trend of dominating on both sides of the ball as Cascade Christian picked up its second shutout in three weeks. Cascade Christian (8-1) will host Montesano (8-2) either Friday or Saturday.