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Defense smothers Mustangs

SOLON– The Solon defense did everything it needed to do.
The Spartans held the Mount Vernon Mustangs to just over 100 yards of offense and forced two turnovers in a 42-6 victory Friday night.
The win puts Solon at 4-1 on the year; the Mustangs dropped to 1-4.
On a night when Solon quarterback J. J. Hanus completed only two of his 12 pass attempts, the Spartans ended up grinding it out with 407 rushing yards.
Hanus accounted for 153 yards and three touchdowns on only 11 carries.
But it was the defense that got things going early for Solon.
The Spartans moved backward on their first offensive possession, but Jake Morris recovered a Mount Vernon fumble at the Mustangs’ 22-yard-line.
Hanus put Solon on the board with a 10-yard quarterback draw moments later and the Spartans never looked back.
Solon rolled to a 27-0 halftime lead, with the first three touchdowns coming on the ground by Hanus. The Spartans tacked on another score to set the continuous clock in motion and added one final touchdown to keep it that way.
But Solon didn’t play flawlessly. Turnovers and penalties stalled several offensive drives, but the defense was there to limit the Mount Vernon offense. The Mustangs were not able to mount a sustained drive for most of the game, limited to three-and-outs or a single first down.
Mount Vernon was held to 61 rushing yards and 74 yards through the air. Solon’s defense was led by Jay Pike, who was credited with eight solo tackles (including two sacks) and 13 total tackles. Colton Dall also intercepted a Jacob Timm pass and returned it 22 yards, setting up the final score of the first half for Solon.
While Hanus led the Spartans in rushing, a lot of other players handled the ball as well. Cody Fritz gained 94 yards on 15 carries, while Andy Klouda had 55 yards on four carries and Tim Lance added 71 yards on seven carries.
Austin Dall, Klouda and Lance also scored rushing touchdowns.