Not even a lopsided loss in the Class 2A state quarterfinals could put a damper on the Sumner Spartans’ memorable season.
Lynden scored 28 first-half points en route to a 54-21 victory against Sumner on Friday night at Civic Stadium in Bellingham. The Spartans finished 11-1.
It was the second consecutive year Lynden eliminated Sumner from the postseason.
The Spartans’ Brandon Tuilaepa, DeJon Lynch and Triston Wedington each scored touchdowns in the loss.
Sumner head coach Keith Ross said his players held their heads high in defeat.
“Once we got into the locker room, we realized just how special this season was,” Ross said. “To win 11 games in a row at Sumner High is an incredible feat. It was an epic season for us. The loss will sting for a while, but I told these kids they will remember this season for the rest of their lives.
“I think Lynden will probably win the state championship again this year,” Ross said. “To go to the quarterfinals for two years in a row and lose to the defending state champs two years in a row is something we will remember forever.”
Ross said the Spartans’ senior class exuded leadership on and off the field.
“It is rewarding to see our seniors have success and see the impact they had on the team and on the community,” he said. “I’m so proud of these seniors. They showed the young kids what it takes to be champions with their attitude and effort every single day. They were good role models, and that is what builds a legacy. This senior class is one of my favorites of all time, not only because we won games, but because of how we won. They just worked so hard. It was a dream season.”