Throughout this football season, the Sumner Spartans have relied on their defense and running game to rack up victories.
Why would the first round of the Class 2A state playoffs against Kingston be any different?
The Spartans held Kingston to 266 total yards, and tailbacks Lokahi Kamau and DeJon Lynch each registered 100-yard rushing efforts in the Spartans’ 26-9 victory at Sunset Chev Stadium on Friday night.
Sumner advances to the state quarterfinals for the first time since 1978.
Kamau rushed for 143 yards on 22 carries. Lynch had 14 carries for 100 yards, including a 52-yard touchdown run on the opening offensive play of the third quarter, giving Sumner a 26-3 lead.
“We have been living on our running game and our defense,” Sumner coach Keith Ross said.
The defense came up huge early in the second quarter. Spartans’ outside linebacker Jeremy Jackson intercepted Kingston quarterback Robert Reece on an out-pattern, and returned it 46 yards for a touchdown, giving the Spartans a 14-0 lead with 8:03 remaining.