Connor Wedington had a 61-yard touchdown run. Josh Riley an 80-yarder.
Wedington had an interception. Riley recovered a potentially game-saving Lakes’ fumble at the 1-yard line.
Both are something special.
The Sumner High School teammates combined for 384 rushing yards and three touchdowns, leading the fourth-ranked Spartans to a 31-24 victory over No. 8 Lakes on Friday at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner.
Sign Up and Save
Get six months of free digital access to The News Tribune
Riley had 19 carries for 207 yards and Wedington had 19 carries for 177 yards as Sumner clinched at least a share of the Class 3A SPSL title with the win and Auburn Mountainview’s 34-20 loss to Peninsula. If Sumner knocks off rival Bonney Lake next week, the Spartans will win the title outright.
“I break one off, they key on me. Then Josh breaks one off and they key on him. It’s a 1-2 punch,” Wedington said. “And it’s a great deal to have, but we couldn’t do it without our offensive line.”
Sumner (7-0) trailed 14-10 at halftime before Wedington busted the first play of the third quarter 61 yards for a touchdown.
That after Sumner’s first offensive play of the game went 69 yards for a touchdown when Tre Weed took a reverse handoff and passed it to a wide-open Tyson Rainwater for the score.
Lakes turned the ball over on downs its ensuing series following Wedington’s big run. The next play? Riley ran 80 yards up the middle to put Sumner ahead, 24-14.
“We live and die by our running backs and our defense,” Sumner coach Keith Ross said.
Riley’s TD run was after Lakes appeared it had a 26-yard touchdown pass, but it was dropped in the end zone.
Lakes could have taken the lead, trailing 24-21 in the fourth quarter when Andrew Bostic ran up the middle on second-and-goal from Sumner’s 7. He got to the 1 when he fumbled and Riley picked the ball up in the end zone for the touchback.
Lakes forced a fourth down on Sumner’s ensuing drive, but Sumner faked the punt, and Riley took the snap 21 yards for a first down before running 14 yards for his second TD.
“I didn’t even know we were running until we lined up in the punt and they said, ‘You know what we’re doing?’ ” Riley said. “And they told me and it was just wide open. I was surprised it worked just as much as anybody else.”
Lakes coach Dave Miller said he even yelled at his defense to watch for the fake.
“I told the kids afterward that these games are going to make you better,” said Miller as he was getting ready to catch a flight to watch former player Zach Banner play for USC at Notre Dame on Saturday. “You’re tested. Now you got to come back next week and get better and clean up some of the things we didn’t do well.”
Lakes quarterback Jaiave Magalei was 21 of 41 passing for 409 yards in the loss.
Last year, Sumner’s first in the 3A SPSL after moving up from the 2A SPSL, the Spartans went 0-4 against Auburn Mountainview, Peninsula, Auburn and Lakes.
This year they won all four, and nearly have the 3A SPSL title in hand with two games still to play in the regular season.
“This is such a big win for us,” Ross said. “I’ve been grinding here for 15 years. I’ve gone through 0-9 seasons, I’ve stayed loyal to Sumner and they’ve stayed loyal to me and we’ve built something that’s flat amazing. It’s amazing what’s going on here.”
TJ Cotterill: 253-597-8677
No. 8 LAKES7773--24
No. 4 SUMNER73147--31
L – Ricardo McLean 67 pass from Jaiave Magalei (Kevin Lee kick)
S – Tyson Rainwaiter 69 pass from Tre Weed (Nick Phillips kick)
L – Elijah McMillon 1 run (Lee kick)
S – Nick Phillips 23 field goal
S – Connor Wedington 61 run (Phillips kick)
S – Josh Riley 80 run (Phillips kick)
L – McMillon 1 run (Lee kick)
S – Riley 14 run (Phillips kick)
L – Lee 24 field goal