Cameron Lewis isn’t the first name people think of when they think about the Peninsula Seahawks program.
The sophomore running back isn’t the second, third, or fourth either. But when the game was on the line in overtime against Sumner High on Friday night, coach Ross Filkins went to his fifth-string back. Lewis put his head down and ran 12 yards into the end zone, sealing a wild 26-20 win for Peninsula and spoiling Sumner’s homecoming at Sunset Chev Stadium.
“Emotions are really coming over me right now,” Lewis said. “I really don’t know what to say. The O-line really stepped up. It wasn’t me; it was a team win tonight. It really makes me feel like my hard work really paid off this summer.”
Injuries to guys in front of Lewis forced Filkins’ hand, but it’s a next-man-up mentality for the Seahawks, who improved to 4-1 overall, 3-0 in the 3A South Puget Sound League. Sumner fell to 3-2 and 1-2.
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“He just jumped in there and did his job,” Filkins said.
With 50 seconds to go in the fourth quarter, Peninsula senior quarterback Robert Kvinsland found senior tight end Luke Holsinger in the back of the endzone for what looked like the game-winning score. But the Spartans blocked the extra point, forcing overtime.
And that’s when the Spartans self-destructed. With the ball first, they committed an offensive pass interference penalty, and Sumner coach Keith Ross was flagged an additional 15 yards for having words with the official. The 3rd- and 4th-and-35 left Sumner with too many yards to regain.
After the game, Ross didn’t take much consolation in a moral victory — hanging with the defending SPSL 3A champions. He said he felt like the Spartans were the better team.
“We were beating them,” Ross said. “I knew we’d beat them. I knew we were better than them. I told our kids all week that we’d beat them. When it comes down to that, it’s sad for these guys; they worked their butt off. They came to play at a great level. It’s a tough loss.”
Kvinsland finished 30-for-40 passing with 237 yards, and found his go-to junior wide receiver Kyle Olson-Urbon 11 times for 70 yards. Sumner senior wide receiver Scott Allsop finished with a pair of touchdown catches for the Spartans.