The Sumner High School football team came into the season with high expectations. So far, the Spartans not only have lived up to them, they’ve defied them.
Sumner has cruised to easy victories against Auburn Mountainview, Bonney Lake, Steilacoom and Clover Park. And the Spartans’ plans of “ground and pound” as well as stopping the run have paid dividends. DeJon Lynch has rushed for more than 100 yards in three of the team’s four games, including a 225-yard day during the second week of the season against the Bonney Lake Panthers.
Lynch, who is listed at 6 feet and 225 pounds, is the heart and soul of the Sumner offense. He’s already has produced eight touchdowns in four games, but he remains the ultimate team player. Lynch knew this summer he would be a focal point of the offense but said it would be a collaborative effort all the way around. Fellow senior Brandon Tuilaepa has added four rushing touchdowns.
“I know the coaches expect me to probably be really good,” Lynch said during spring drills in June. “I like it. I probably put more pressure on myself to be successful than I need to, but I look forward to it. We have some other running backs who are going to be really good, too. It is going to be a team effort.”
Sumner head coach Keith Ross believes the game is won and lost in the trenches.
“He’s big and fast, and our offense is built around our running game,” Ross said in June. “We’re looking for (Lynch) to be one of the better backs we’ve ever had.”
Those statements a few months ago have proven to be prophetic.
Things are going according to plan for Sumner. The regular season is almost at its midpoint, and the Spartans are on a roll. Having a reliable running back like Lynch, who can simply outrun almost every defender — or run them over, if he chooses to — is a luxury. He’s a complete back, and he’s the ultimate weapon for the Spartans.
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