This is exactly what the Sumner High School football program needed. Reflecting on the past two weeks, which yielded two losses, coach Keith Ross could breathe easy. Lauren Smith lsmith@theolympian.com
This is exactly what the Sumner High School football program needed. Reflecting on the past two weeks, which yielded two losses, coach Keith Ross could breathe easy. Lauren Smith lsmith@theolympian.com

High School Sports

Sumner blanks Olympia on the road to end two-game skid

By Lauren Smith

lsmith@theolympian.com

October 07, 2017 12:17 AM

This is exactly what the Sumner High School football program needed. Reflecting on the past two weeks, which yielded two losses, coach Keith Ross could breathe easy.

The Spartans stumped Olympia’s offense, stopping the Bears in the red zone on four different drives, on their way to a 28-0 shutout Friday night at Ingersoll Stadium.

Sumner caused four turnovers, and allowed just 124 yards of total offense, while in turn methodically driving for four touchdowns.

And that goes a long way to remedy two consecutive Class 4A South Puget Sound League losses to Graham-Kapowsin and Puyallup.

“I think our confidence was shaken a little bit,” Ross said. “We just needed a good game like that. That can do wonders to get you back on track.”

Penalties (16 for 163 yards) limited Sumner on several drives, but the Spartans looked methodical the four times they reached the end zone.

Texas Christian University commit Ben Wilson ran for 130 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries, leading a Sumner offense that rushed for 249 yards.

Quarterback Luke Ross added another 204 yards through the air, completing nine of his 16 passes, and connected with Tre Weed (18 yards) and Thane Birrer (82 yards) for touchdowns.

“This week our focus was just to have energy and have passion for the game that we all love,” Wilson said. “I feel like tonight we definitely showed that.”

But a satisfying bounce-back win for Sumner (4-2, 3-2 4A SPSL) meant a long night for Olympia, which was never able to establish a rhythm.

“We just couldn’t finish drives tonight,” Olympia coach Steve Davis said. “Unfortunately that’s the same thing that happened to us two weeks ago against Curtis.”

The Bears (4-2, 4-2) pushed the ball into Sumner territory on nearly every drive, but never converted a touchdown.

Late in the third quarter, a blocked punt set Olympia up at Sumner’s 6-yard line. Aided by two Sumner penalties, the Bears pushed the ball to the 2, but Ketner Young’s pass to the end zone on fourth-and-goal fell incomplete.

“Especially in the red zone, they tightened down and played a lot of man defense, and we weren’t able to do the things we’ve been successful so far this year doing,” Davis said.

Sumner sealed the game seven minutes later, when Wilson muscled up the middle for an 8-yard score, giving the Spartans their final 28-0 advantage.

From the opening kick, it appeared Sumner’s special teams woes — the Spartans gave up two kick returns for touchdowns last week — would continue.

Sumner fumbled the kickoff, immediately setting the Bears up with their first red zone opportunity. Olympia missed a field goal four plays later, and the frustrations only continued from there.

The Spartans picked off Olympia quarterback Ketner Young on the second drive, and Weed scored on the 18-yard touchdown pass from Ross six plays later.

Two more Olympia turnovers led to Wilson’s 1-yard plunge midway through the second quarter.

Sumner scored again to take a three-score advantage on its first possession of the second half. Ross threw a short slant to Birrer, who slipped behind Olympia’s secondary for the 82-yard jaunt.

“I think we’re back on track,” Wilson said.

SUMNER

7

7

7

7

28

OLYMPIA

0

0

0

0

0

S – Tre Weed 18 pass from Luke Ross (Colton Sigafoos kick)

S – Ben Wilson 1 run (Sigafoos kick)

S – Thane Birrer 82 pass from Ross (Sigafoos kick)

S – Wilson 8 run (Sigafoos kick)

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