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Jeff Hess

Solon crushes West Delaware, 54-14

Spartans to UNI-Dome to face unbeaten Xavier in 3A semi

SOLON– Solon’s defense made statements all season and Coach Kevin Miller challenged the offense.
On Friday, Nov. 3, the Spartan offense answered resoundingly, defeating the West Delaware Hawks, 54-14, to advance to the state semifinals to face Cedar Rapids Xavier, the only other 11-0 team in Class 3A football.
“This was the first time, this season, we put all three phases together. Overall, I thought we executed at a high level and we valued the football. Defensively, we played well, other than a couple of plays where we failed to execute our assignments,” Coach Miller commented.

The tradition continues

Wartburg’s homecoming against Loras serves as reunion for five Spartan families

WAVERLY– Wartburg College’s homecoming was a bit of a reunion for five Spartan alum on Saturday, Oct. 14, at Zimmerman field, following the Knights’ win over the Loras Duhawks, 42-11. Wartburg senior Chris McNutt and sophomore Brandan Childs met former high school football teammates Loras sophomores Spencer Lawson and Dalton Vislisel along with freshman Jarod Clevenger and their families joined together at the Wartburg “W” at midfield following the game.

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Machine Shed Mantra

Senior football dads keep the spirit alive

SOLON– The “Machine shed mantra” has been a part of Solon football tradition since 1985, when Maury Miller, Coach Kevin Miller’s father, scrawled “Bear Season” on the building in reference to a rivalry game between the Solon Spartans and the West Branch Bears.
The original intent was to elevate the level of competition and has done so, for the last 32 years.

Spartans advance to quarterfinals

Solon smothers Vikings in 34-2 win

SOLON– Neither rain, nor sleet, nor cold of night could deter the Spartans on Friday, Oct. 27, at Spartan Stadium as Solon emerged victorious from a postseason football clash with the Decorah Vikings, 34-2.

Perfect season

Spartans end regular season 9-0 with 43-0 win over Trojans

Solon hosts Decorah Friday in first round of 3A football playoffs

SOLON– The Spartans ended the perfect regular season at 9-0 (7-0) with a 43-0 exclamation-point victory over the Fairfield Trojans Friday, Oct. 20, at Spartan Stadium.
A Senior Night win capped the Spartans’ perfect season of “Do what we do!” as the Solon defense held Fairfield to 53 total yards passing and just two yards rushing on 21 carries in 48 minutes of football.
The defensive performance set up Solon’s offense to accumulate 162 yards passing, going 10-17, and rush for 214 yards on 33 carries.

Spartans ground Falcons, 42-7

Spartans ground Falcons, 42-7

SOLON– The Solon Spartan football team returned to Spartan Stadium on Friday, Oct. 13, for the first of two home games to end the season, and the Spartans grounded the West Burlington Notre Dame Falcons, 42-7.
Welcomed by Lakeview’s Spartan Spirit banner, signed by the proud students, the Solon Spartan Football team returned the inspiration with a special start of the day, greeting the Lakeview Elementary students.
The visit had Coach Kevin Miller tweeting, “Great day to be a Spartan! Our players enjoyed starting their day with the Lakeview students. #solonpriderunsdeep”

Spartans pulverize Panthers

Solon moves to 7-0 with 33-0 shutout on the road at Mount Pleasant

MOUNT PLEASANT– As Solon’s varsity football team boarded their bus and traveled south to face the Mount Pleasant Panthers on Friday, Oct. 6, they likely passed the Highway 1 machine shed which encouraged them to “Pulverize the Panthers.”
Even Mother Nature could not deny the Spartans, with rains sweeping across the gray, overcast Southeast Iowa skies, delaying the game nearly an hour less than two minutes into the opening quarter.
The Spartans rolled over the Panthers, 33-0.

Solon smothers Bloodhounds, 62-0

Ft. Madison dominated by Spartans in Homecoming rout

SOLON– Sixty-two unanswered points later, the top-ranked Solon Spartans have outscored their 2017 season opponents 244-14.
In their fourth shut out of the season, Solon’s varsity football squad smothered the Fort Madison Bloodhounds, 62-0, on Friday, Sept. 29.
The Spartan defense blanketed the Bloodhounds most of the game, holding Fort Madison quarterbacks Lennon Barker and Will Larson to a total of 6-21 passing combined for 17 total yards and intercepting them a total of three times. Solon’s defensive juggernaut denied the Bloodhounds’ ground game, allowing only 64 yards on 28 carries.

Solon takes control of District lead

Indians no match for Spartans, 43-7

OSKALOOSA– The Solon varsity football team set up Homecoming Week, Sept. 25-30, in grand fashion as the Spartans ruled the Oskaloosa Indians, 43-7, in dominant, defensive fashion Friday, Sept. 22, in Oskaloosa.
Solon sole possession of first place in Class 3A District 5 with staunch defensive and consistent offensive performances, handed the Oskaloosa only its second loss of the season.

Spartans cast out Demons, 40-0

Solon stays unbeaten atop District 5

SOLON– “Cast out the Demons,” capped on each side by the Spartan logo, was the warning off Highway 1 as the Washington Demons came to town on Friday, Sept. 15. They should have heeded the warning as the Solon Spartans demolished the Washington Demons, 40-0.
The Solon Spartans are sitting at 4-0, 2-0 in district play, and have only allowed seven points.
Did Solon Head Football Coach Kevin Miller see that coming?
“I’m not sure to be honest,” Miller said. “We knew that we had some important pieces in places that would allow our team to achieve at a high level.”

Spartans shut out Regals, 33-0

Kula rushes for 206 yards

SOLON– In an evening filled with patriotism and Spartan pride, the Spartans routed the Iowa City Regina Regals, 33-0, on Friday, Sept. 1. The student section was awash in star-spangled splendor and the Solon American Legion presented the colors before the crowd.
It was Armed Forces Night at Spartan Stadium on Friday, Sept. 1, as the Regals came to town in hopes of defeating the Solon Spartans and getting into the win column in the 2017 season after a week-one loss to Cedar Rapids Xavier, 23-6.
The Spartans dashed those hopes.

Spartans sting ‘Stangs 19-0

Special teams triumph in season opener

MOUNT VERNON– It was another for the record books, 15 and counting.
This time the Spartans emerged from Ash Park, on the Cornell College campus, amid the clamor, victorious. Solon defeated the Mount Vernon Mustangs, 19-0, on Friday, Aug. 25, to kick off the varsity football season.
As the last 45 seconds of prep time ticked off prior to the start of the game, AC/DC’s “Are You Ready” drifted from the sound system as the Mustangs and Spartans prepared to take the field. It served as a song of reckoning for the Mustangs.