All the blood, sweat and tears the Sumner Spartans put forth during the spring and summer culminated with a 35-0 victory Friday night during the regular-season finale against the White River Hornets.
Sumner finished 9-0 and won the South Puget Sound League 2A title for the second consecutive year.
Sumner head coach Keith Ross said one of his team’s primary goals this year was to repeat as league champs.
“Winning our third league title in four years is special,” he said. “League titles don’t come around very often. I’m happy our guys are setting a standard and are leaving their mark.
“We did what we set out to do by finishing the regular season undefeated and winning the league title.”
Ross said watching his team compete in camps and 7-on-7 passing leagues during the summer was an eye-opening experience.
“We played so well against so many different teams,” he said. “Teams from 2A all the way up through 4A, and we handled them all. These kids deserve everything they have achieved so far this year.
“It all started with these seniors three years ago and the goals they set. They hold each other accountable, and we, as coaches, hold them accountable. They got what they wanted.”
Ross said Friday’s win was the best his team played all year.
“We told the guys before the game that the playoffs start tonight,” he said. “We’ve had trouble all year putting a complete game together for four quarters. Tonight, we got that done against a strong White River team. That is going to give us some confidence and momentum heading into the playoffs. The guys responded to the challenge.”
Sumner will host the Renton Indians in a winner-to-state district playoff game Friday night at Sunset Chev Stadium.
“We’re healthy, we’re hungry, and we’re ready to go,” Ross said.
“Renton runs the option, and they like to throw deep. They are very athletic and have a lot of speed. That is always scary. We have a lot of team speed, too, though, and feel we match up well with them.”