After his brother, Bart, helped lead the Spartans to three straight state titles, Sumner, who earned one a year ago, started on both sides of the ball to help De La Salle win its fourth straight CIF State Open Division title.
"Every year it's a new year and it's a new challenge but it's always an adventure," said Houston. "It's always great and exciting to win a state championship and it toughened us up through it all."
The last time the Spartans failed to win a state title was in 2008, when they lost to Corona Centennial, their opponents this year. And after jumping out to a 28-0 lead, the Huskies made it interesting, which Houston enjoyed.
"We knew we had to keep it on the gas pedal because we knew from years past, they never quit and they came back last time we beat them (in 2007)," said Houston. "In a game like this, you don't want blowouts, you want to have good games. This game was very physical. I don't think they have played a physical team like us, and I'm not sure we have played a team physical like them. We weren't surprised they came back."
Now Houston can turn his attention to the offseason, and being recruited himself, like his brother, a former four-star quarterback now at Wisconsin, once did.
"I plan to go to a lot of camps this summer and get to visit some schools," said Houston.
Houston is hearing from a number of schools, while he waits for his first offer.
Houston starts on both lines, but hopes defense is where he'll end up in college.
"I like my defensive tackle position, but I don't know about what I'll play in college yet," said Houston.