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Originally published Friday, October 29, 2010 at 8:40 PM

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Lakes-Bonney Lake game ppd. after bus accident

A freeway accident involving the bus carrying the Lakes football team to Sumner forced postponement of the game to decide the SPSL 3A title.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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SUMNER — What's another day?

That's the approach Bonney Lake football coach Chad Barrett is taking after the Panthers' showdown with fifth-ranked Lakes was postponed Friday evening after a freeway accident involving the school bus transporting the Lakes team to Sunset Chev Stadium.

The game, which will determine the South Puget Sound League 3A championship, has been rescheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday at Sunset Chev.

"We'll play them (Saturday) at 4 and move on," Barrett said. "We've got to play sooner or later. It's a bad situation that happened, and we want what's best for the kids. We want to make sure the Lakes kids are OK."

Although there were no apparent injuries to Lakes players after their bus was rear-ended on I-5 about 4:15 p.m., Clover Park School District administrators decided to take a cautionary approach and requested the game be delayed.

Tim Thomsen, Sumner School District athletic director, announced the postponement to fans at 6:30 p.m., 30 minutes before the scheduled kickoff.

"It's the right thing to do," he told parents and fans on what was to be Senior Night for Bonney Lake.

Lakes coach Dave Miller said some of his players were shaken up at the sight of the two vehicles that hit the bus from behind. One driver was transported to a hospital.

"The kids started praying for them," Miller said.

He said his players had been "amped up" for the game, but agreed the delay was in the best interest of the players.

Both teams are 4-0 in league, 7-1 overall, and are assured of berths in next week's preliminary playoffs.

Lakes, ranked No. 5 in the state in Class 3A, has never lost an SPSL game since joining the league in 2008. The Lancers are riding a 20-game streak.

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