The rain came down hard for most of the night at Sunset Chev Stadium on Friday night.
The Sumner High Spartans never touched the ground.
Riding the high of hosting a Class 2A district playoff game – with its first state-tournament berth in nearly two decades hanging in the balance – Sumner throttled North Mason, 38-13.
Running back Lokahi Kamau scored twice, and Austin Gregg ran for and caught a score for the SPSL 2A champions, whose last state appearance came in 1994 – well before coach Keith Ross arrived.
“We did exactly what we needed to do – we shut down their run game, and we ran the ball,” Ross said. “We ran great, and controlled the game.”
Sumner scored on its first possession – Kamau’s 36-yard touchdown run – and held a 6-0 lead early in the first quarter.
North Mason threatened to take the lead late in the quarter, but Bulldogs’ running back Tommy Marsh was stuffed for no gain on fourth and goal from the Spartans’ 1.
After that, Sumner slowly took over the game. DeJon Lynch scored on an 8-yard run. Then came the back-breaker – Chase Torgison’s 72-yard touchdown bomb to Austin Gregg late in the first half that gave the Spartans a 21-0 lead.
North Mason’s triple-option rushing attack was held to 88 yards on the ground.