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Prep roundup: Sumner handles Hazen, prepares for return trip to Vancouver for 4A state playoffs

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CLASS 4A DISTRICT PLAYOFFS

No. 9 Sumner 42, Hazen 7: When Keith Ross looks back at his very accomplished career as the Sumner High School football coach, he will certainly recall this personnel decision.

It involved senior Skyler Schindler.

The seldom-used linebacker made arguably the team’s biggest contribution Friday in his first career play from scrimmage.

He recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown late in the first half, and the ninth-ranked Spartans steamrolled high-powered Hazen in the Class 4A district playoffs at Renton’s Memorial Stadium.

Sumner now travels back to the site where its 2016 season ended in the state semifinals — Vancouver, Washington. Only this will be against 4A 4A Greater St. Helens League champion and third-ranked Union, instead of Camas.

“We are excited,” Ross said. “Union is a great team.”

Now having reached the state playoffs for a sixth consecutive season, the Spartans are no slouch, either.

And their defense held Hazen’s touted running back Delvon McNeely to 31 rushing yards (he had been averaging more than 200 all-purpose yards per game) while sacking sophomore quarterback Jaxson Ingram twice and picking him off two times as well before he left in the third quarter with an injury.

But the hero for Sumner was a kickoff-coverage ace who was just promoted this week as the new blocking back for the team’s goal-line jumbo package.

Up 14-7 late in the first half, Sumner was knocking on the door again when running back Ben Wilson fumbled at the goal-line.

With a group of Hazen defenders racing to the ball, it was Schindler who jumped on the fumble for his first career touchdown with 1:36 remaining before halftime.

And the only thing a nervous Ross could see from the sideline was Schindler’s long hair amid a pile of players.

“He is tougher than nails, and all I could see was No. 46 with hair going down to his butt holding up the football,” Ross said.

In the third quarter, Tre Weed got into the act, catching a 27-yard touchdown strike from Luke Ross, then returning an interception 70 yards for a score that gave the Spartans a 42-7 lead.

Ross completed 14 of 20 passes for 198 yards and three touchdowns. Bryan Falk and Wilson each rushed for 75 yards as the Spartans rolled up 398 yards of offense in the victory.

No. 4 Camas 40, Auburn-Riverside 0: The defending 4A state champions will make their way back to the playoffs, as they uprooted the Ravens in the process.

Auburn Riverside (8-2) came into the game thinking it would hold down the run and force the fourth-ranked Papermakers to rely on the arm of Kyle Allen.

“We wanted to stop the run and keep it close, get into the fourth quarter close,” Auburn Riverside coach Bryant Thomas said. “But we didn’t have an answer for their passing game.”

Allen often found Drake Owen and fed him for 13 receptions for 179 yards. Auburn Riverside’s offense couldn’t find a good rhythm either, as a banged up Tiano Malietufa completed 3 of 16 passes for 59 yards. Sam Braboy led the offense with 87 rushing yards on 16 carries.

“Tiano pulled his hamstring, but sucked it up to play tonight,” Bryant said. “He didn’t practice all week, and you don’t want to take the game away from him.”

But for a school that is not a traditional powerhouse in football, Auburn Riverside’s back-to-back playoff appearances are a sign of good things to come for the program, Bryant said.

“To go 8-2 at a school that isn’t traditional power will help keep our kids at our school,” Bryant said. “It’ll get us going in the right direction. Two years in a row making in the playoffs is something special.”

No. 10 Lake Stevens 51, Kentlake 0: The Falcons were ousted by the Vikings as Lake Stevens advances to the 4A state playoffs.

Tony Heimann tried to get a little offense moving late for Kentlake (5-5), but a defensive stop by the Vikings sealed the deal.

No. 3 Union 41, Tahoma 14: The third-ranked Titans built a 41-0 lead at halftime a week after upsetting defending state champion Camas and cruised from there to end Tahoma’s season.

Union’s dual-threat quarterback Lincoln Victor completed 11 of 14 passes for 188 yards and four touchdowns and Darien Chase had 6 cathces for 170 yards and two touchdowns.

Tahoma (6-4) cut the gap with a third-quarter score from Jerrel Chapman on a six-yard pass from Conner Lambro, but the Bears didn’t have enough to claw back. Lambro completed 13 of 20 passes for 136 yards.

Kentwood 44, Jackson 14: The Conquerors built a 27-0 lead and held on from there to get the district-playoff monkey off their backs.

For the first time since 2011, Kentwood will be playing in the state playoffs.

It had earned a No. 1 seed to the district playoff round five consecutive years without getting a win to go to state until this season. It was also the first 4A NPSL school to reach state since the league re-formed last year. 4A NPSL Cascade counterparts Hazen, Tahoma and Kentlake all lost and the top three seeds from the 4A NPSL Olympic (Enumclaw, Auburn Riverside and Auburn Mountainview) all fell, too. Todd Beamer faces No. 6 Graham-Kapowsin on Saturday.

Kentwood (8-2) will face the winner of Saturday’s game between Olympia and No. 1-ranked Woodinville.

CLASS 3A DISTRICT PLAYOFFS

No. 5 Lincoln 62, Lakeside of Seattle 6: The Abes trailed in this game. It was 6-0 Lions.

Then No. 5 Lincoln scored 62 unanswered points to secure its fourth consecutive trip the 3A state playoffs to play the winner of Saturday’s Everett-Garfield matchup.

“Defensively we wanted to stop their pass,” Lincoln coach Masaki Matsumoto said. “They have a pretty good offensive scheme. We were just really focused on trying to stop the pass.”

Initially, it seemed like that would be a bit of a challenge as Lakeside quarterback AJ Allen connected early to Max Knight for a 16-yard touchdown pass, but the Abes didn’t let that get them down.

Lincoln’s first score cam from Tristian Kwon, who ended up getting eight carries for 119 yards and two touchdowns.

“Our kids did a great job keeping their foot on the gas pedal,” Matsumoto said. ““Tristian had some nice runs and we also spread the ball around. It was just a great game all around.”

Also with strong play were quarterbacks Jaylen Antoine, who had two touchdowns, and Caden Filer who had three passing touchdowns with one rushing touchdown.

No. 10 Bethel 32, Yelm 22: In one of those fateful twists on the schedule, nonleague opponents Bethel and Yelm hooked up for a third time in two seasons Friday night,

Only this one meant a little more — a berth to the Class 3A state football playoffs.

And like the other games, this one came down to the fourth quarter, which the Braves took control of in holding off the Tornados at Art Crate Field in Spanaway.

Freshman Will Latu rushed for four touchdowns, including the game-winning 6-yard scamper with six minutes, six seconds remaining that capped a 73-yard march that ate up nearly four minutes.

Trailing 25-22, the Yelm offense could not get in position to go ahead one more time, turning the ball over on downs, and then throwing a late interception that was picked off by Tristyn Gese with less than two minutes to go.

Latu’s fourth score, a 7-yard touchdown run, sealed the deal, putting the Braves up, 32-22.

“They have always been choppy, sloppy games,” Bethel coach Mark Iddins said of playing Yelm. “The difference tonight was that we were finally able to grind it out.”

The Tornados led this game on three different occasions, the last coming on James Palmer’s 1-yard touchdown run with 10:07 remaining. Palmer tallied all of Yelm’s scores.

And the Tornados were in position to make the state playoffs for the first time since 1987.

But the Braves, who face No. 3 Ferndale in the 3A first round next week in Bellingham, went on the decisive drive, led by Latu. It will be Bethel’s first state trip since 2011.

Peninsula 45, Snohomish 27: The Seahawks dominated the Panthers in their 3A district matchup, outscoring them 31-0 in the first half.

“We came into the game with some injuries and ill kids,” Peninsula coach Ross Filkins said. “We had three kids start on offensive line that were out of position. But kids just stepped up and executed the game plan.”

Burke Griffin led his team with some solid numbers, throwing for 193 yards and three touchdowns, as well as rushing for one. Braeden Potter carried the ball 16 times for 147 yards, as well.

Most importantly, this is the Seahawks’ fourth trip to the playoffs in the past five years, so players know what lies ahead.

“They got great experience,” Filkins said. “It's part of our expectations; we’ve gone through a lot and finally with this win, we will have the opportunity to have our entire team healthy next week.”

Peninsula will play the winner of Saturday’s game between Lake Washington and Mountain View in the first round of state next week.

CLASS 2A DISTRICT PLAYOFFS

No. 8 Steilacoom 41, Washington 7: The Sentinels proved the old saying true: defense wins champions as they almost shut out the Warriors in a decisive win.

“I think that we generated a lot of points from our defense. Our defense was lights out,” Steilacoom interim coach Colby Davies said. “They did a really good job containing a mobile quarterback and giving us a good field position. Really our defense and kick game put us in good positions on the field which led to points.”

That helped to give the team a huge lead scoring 41 unanswered points behind quarterback JJ Lemming who went 9 for 17 passing for 144 yards with three touchdowns. .

“There was a lot of stuff early on that we didn’t hit,” Davies said. “But we ended up up executing a little better moving on.

“As of late, the offense has been clicking pretty well. We’ve been throwing the ball for a lot of yards,” Davies said. “We’re just trying to get better at all phases of the game. I know we didn’t play the offense we wanted.”

The win sets up Steilacoom for a matchup in the 2A state playoffs against Othello next week at a time and day to be determined.

“We are gonna go to work and prepare. We feel really good about where we’re at and I expect we’ll have a good week of preparation,” Davies said. “They’re coming over from the Eastside. Honestly, I know nothing about them right now.”

The loss ends Washington’s season.

Franklin Pierce 13, Bremerton 9: The Cardinals won a defensive battle against the Knights to earn their third trip in a row to the 2A state tournament.

Franklin Pierce held Bremerton to no offense as the only score the Knights could come up with was a Rasheed Joiner 93 yard run in the first quarter. From there it was all Cardinals.

“Our defense came to play, our defensive coordinator put together a great plan,” Franklin Pierce coach Mickey Ahrens said. “We completely dominated, that was the theme of the whole game.”

Franklin Pierce advances to face West Valley of Spokane in the first round of the 2A state playoffs next week. That’s the same team that ended the Cardinals’ season last year.

At one point, Bremerton had put together a drive that took it to a first-and-goal situation at the Franlkin Pierce2-yard-line with two minutes left to go in the game.

The Cardinal defense did not budge.

“[My players] wait until their backs are against the wall, then they have to score and they go score,” Ahrens said. “Jayman Stokes got hurt in the first half, but Tyrell Edge andToney Brown stepped up. The whole defense swarmed to the ball.”

Claudell Quinland finished with a solid night of throwing for 190 yards and Alex Bing scored the go-ahead touchdown on a one yard run in the third quarter after Bremerton led 7-0 at halftime.

AJ Starks put the Cardinals on the scoreboard with a 90-yard kick return.

No. 9 Fife 62, Sequim 26: It was a high scoring game for the Trojans as they secured a decisive win over the Wolves to return to the state playoffs after a two-year hiatus.

The Trojans got 165 rushing yards and three touchdowns from Lavelle Alexander and Gannon Ginnis ran for 125 yards and two touchdowns as Fife (9-1) bounced back after suffering its first loss of the season last week against Steilacoom.

Fife advances to face Liberty of Issaquah , which reached the 2A state title game last year, in the first round of state next week.

Staff writers Chase Hutchinson, Todd Milles and Jordan Whitford contributed to this report

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AROUND THE SOUND

Football

Steilacoom 41, Washington 7

STEILACOOM

7

19

15

0

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41

WASHINGTON

0

0

0

7

--

7

S - Jaymason Willingham 5 run (Graig (Padgett kick)

S - TJ Page 32 pass from JJ Lemming (Kick failed)

S - Emeka Egbuka 13 pass from Lemming (Kick failed)

S - Egbuka 26 pss from Lemming (Padgett kick)

S - Willingham 2 run (Bryan Trambulo run)

S - Mykah Brown 32 run (Padgett kick)

W - Chase Allison 3 run (Kick good)

Steilacoom: JJ Lemming 9-17 for 144 yards and 3 TD

Sumner 42, Hazen 7

SUMNER

7

14

21

0

42

HAZEN

0

7

0

0

7

S-Connor Filleau recovered blocked punt in EZ (Colton Sigafoos kick).

S-Ben Wilson 26 pass from Luke Ross (Sigafoos kick).

H-Corbin Walker 11 pass from Jaxson Ingram (Jacob Black kick).

S-Skyler Schindler recovered fumble in EZ (Sigafoos kick).

S-Jordan Johnston 3 pass from Ross (Sigafoos kick).

S-Tre Weed 27 pass from Ross (Sigafoos kick).

S-Weed 70 interception return (Sigafoos kick).

Hazen: 272 yards, two sacks, four INT, blocked punt; Ingram (H) 20-34, 173 yards, TD, 2 INT (go thurt in the third quarter).

Sumner: Luke Ross (S) 14-20, 198 yards, three TDs, one INT; Bryan Flak 13/75 yards; Wilson 17-75 - Sumner total yards 398.

Peninsula 45, Snohomish 27

PENINSULA

7

24

14

0

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45

SNOHOMISH

0

0

6

21

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27

P - Michael Foreman 9 run (Ben Stanford kick)

P - Alex Beloate 56 pass from Burke Griffin (Stanford kick)

P - Griffin 7 run (Stanford kick)

P - Jace Keim 51 pass from Griffin (Stanford kick)

P - Stanford 48 FG

P - Beloate 28 pass from Griffin (Stanford kick)

S - Tyler Massena 49 pass from Langdon Orgill (Kick failed)

P - Braeden Potter 13 run (Stanford kick)

S - Keegan Stich 24 run (Conner Smith kick)

S - Stich 11 pass from Orgill (Stich run)

S - Stich 37 run (Kick blocked)

Burke Griffin 12-18 for 193 yards and 3 TD; 1 rushing TD; Braeden Potter 16 carries for 147 yards and 1 TD; Alex Beloate 4 receptions for 98 yards and 2 TD; Jace Keim 4 receptions for 74 yards and 1 TD

Union 41, Tahoma 14

UNION

14

27

0

0

--

41

TAHOMA

0

0

7

7

--

14

U - Braedon Ensley 2 pass from Lincoln Victor (Run failed)

U - Darien Chase 46 pass from Victor (Aiden Nellor pass from Victor)

U - Elijiah Jones 66 run (Alex Koga kick)

U - Victor 5 run (Koga kick)

U - Chase 70 pass from Victor (Kick blocked)

U - Nellor pass from Victor (Koga kick)

T - Jerrel Chapman 6 pass from Conner Lambro (Cory Soiseth kick)

T - Tayvian Williams 21 pass from Lambro (Soiseth kick)

Tahoma: Lincoln Victor 11-14 for 188 yards and 4 TD; Elijiah Jones 8 carries for 108 yards and 1TD; Darien Chase 6 catches for 170 and 2TD

Lincoln 62, Lakeside 0

LINCOLN

27

21

14

0

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62

LAKESIDE

6

0

0

0

--

6

La - Max Knight 16 pass from AJ Allen (Run failed)

Li - Tristian Kwon 1 run (Gabe Foster kick)

Li - Julien Simon 16 pass from Jaylen Antoine (Foster kick)

Li - Mykel Campbell 25 pass from Caden Filer (Foster kick)

Li - Austin Moeung 37 run (Foster kick)

Li - Filer 12 run (Foster kick)

Li - Kavon Holden 26 pass from Filer (Foster kick)

Li - Kwon 1 run (Foster kick)

Li - Nick Goss 58 pass from Filer (Foster kick)

Li - Abner Sio 36 pass from Antoine (Foster kick)

Lincoln: Tristian Kwon 8 carries for 119 yards and 2 TDs; Austin Moeung 4 carries for 60 yards and 1 TD; Abner Sio 5 carries for 44 yards and 1 TD

Camas 40, Auburn-Riverside 0

CAMAS

10

7

10

13

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40

AUBURN RIVERSIDE

0

0

0

--

0

C - Will Schultz 28 pass from Kyle Allen (Andrew Boyle kick)

C - Boyle 33 FG

C - Shane Jamison 10 pass from Allen (Boyle kick)

C - Schultz 2 run (Boyle kick)

C - Boyle 27 FG

C - Ryan Rushall 38 pass from Allen (Kick blocked)

C - Rylan Thompson 9 run (Boyle kick)

Fife 62, Sequim 26

FIFE

14

22

7

62

SEQUIM

13

6

7

0

26

S - #20 14 run (kick)

F - MJ Ale fumble recovery (Gabe Duenas kick)

S - #23 9 pass from #14 (2-pt failed)

F - Lavell Alexander 48 run (Duenas)

F - Alexander 8 run (Duenas kick)

F - Gannan Ginnis 71 run (Duenas kick)

F - Ginnis 19 pass from Dalani Jennings (Jennings run)

S - #12 11 pass from #14 (2-pt failed)

S - #23 10 pass from #14 (kick)

F - Alexander 2 run (Duenas kick)

F - Jennings 8 run (kick failed)

F - Da’Shon Brooks 5 run (2-pt failed)

F - Kasey Koehn 20 run (Duenas kick)

Fife: Alexander 165 rush yds, 3 TDs; Ginnis 125 yds rushing, 2 TDs

Bethel 32, Yelm 22

YELM

7

0

7

8

22

BETHEL

0

7

6

19

32

Y-James Palmer 3 run (Frye kick).

B-Will Latu 5 run (Cameron Schweyen kick).

B-Latu 20 run (kick failed)..

Y-Palmer 6 run (Frye kick).

B-Omar Merriweater 21 pass from Nate Hughes (pass failed).

Y-Palmer 1 run (Palmer run).

B-Latu 6 run (kick blocked).

B-Latu 7 run (Schweyen kick).

Franklin Pierce 13, Bremerton 9

FRANKLIN PIERCE

0

0

13

0

--

13

BREMERTON

7

0

0

2

--

9

B - Rasheed Joiner 93 run (James Moran kick)

FP - AJ Starks 90 kick return (Carver kick)

FP - Alex Bing 1 run (kick failed)

B - Safety

Charles Wright 14, Port Townsend 7

CHARLES WRIGHT

0

0

14

0

--14

PORT TOWNSEND

0

7

0

0

--7

PT - Dylan Tracer 35 run (Nico Winegar kick)

CW - Anthony Lundberg 75 kickoff return (Kick failed)

CW - Lundberg 24 pass from Dane Jacobson (Noah Fields from Jacobson)

North Mason 27, Clover Park 14

NORTH MASON

0

12

8

7

--

27

CLOVER PARK

8

6

0

0

--

14

Capital 27, Wilson 21

CAPITAL

0

14

0

13

--

27

WILSON

0

6

8

7

--

21

C - Jack Collard 9 INT return (Chris Penner kick)

W - Jordan Robbins 37 pass from Jack Hanisch (kick failed)

C - Penner 56 pass from Grant Erickson (Penner kick)

W - Danavion Holmes 61 run (2-pt conversion)

W - Holmes 10 run (Paule Hurt kick)

C - Collard 6 pass from Erickson (Penner kick)

C - Penner 35 pass from Erickson (kick failed)

Capital stats: Erickson 11-27, 207 yds, 3 TDs; Penner 6 rec, 157 yds, 2 TDs; Collard 4 rec, 40 yds, TD; Ryan Guscott 1 rec, 10 yds; Eric Jackson 13 carries, 45 yds; Nate Tyler 12 carries, 43 yds; Erickson 1 run, 10 yds

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