Christian Cummings exited the Tumwater locker room at the Tacoma Dome, cradling his pads and jersey, already determined for the 2013 season.
“I’m looking forward to next year and see what happens there,” the junior halfback said.
Fourth-ranked Tumwater’s season ended with a thud – a 41-7 loss at the hands of No. 2 Lynden in the Tacoma on Saturday afternoon.
As the Thunderbirds’ 2012 season progressed, racking up victories week after week following its Week 1 loss to Class 3A Shelton by three touchdowns, they began to silence the doubters – even some in its own team – to make the state title game for the second time in three seasons.
Tumwater just ran into a Lynden team with more seasoned seniors. It arguably was coach Curt Kramme’s finest of the six state title-winning squads.
And for many of Tumwater’s players, including senior Andrew Brown, this was their second time playing for a state title.
“I didn’t think we’d make it this far, but we made it and I’m happy for all the guys,” said Brown, who was held to nine yards rushing but had a team-best 64 yards on four catches. “We all love each other and that’s the reason why we made it this far.
“I really wish we could play them (Lynden) again, though.”