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New season, same goals

22 returning seniors and a lot of promise
North Dakota State recruit Cam Miller’s (6-2, 205) nearly 3,500 passing yards and 51 aerial touchdowns in two seasons at the helm, completing better than 59 percent of his passes, set lofty expectations for the Spartans. Not to mention the 20-2 record as a starter, with 1,627 yards and 26 of the touchdowns coming from last season alone as he rushed for another 183 yards and two scores. (file photos by Jeff Hess)

SOLON– The 2019-20 varsity football season holds some heavy promise preseason.
Solon Head Coach Kevin Miller speaks of consistent expectations albeit tempered with a bit of melancholy as his son, quarterback Cam Miller, competes in his senior season.
The Spartans completed the 2018-19 season with a 9-1 record. They completed a perfect regular season, outscoring regular season opponents 369-99. Their only loss came at the hands of Western Dubuque, 48-13, at Spartan Stadium in the opening round of the playoffs.
Of Solon’s 382 season points, a balanced performance appears with 150 coming courtesy of rushing and 162 from receiving, three from field goals, 45 from PATs, two successful two-point conversions and 18 return points.
“Twenty-two total seniors return,” Miller stated. “Key seniors that should make an impact (are) A.J. Coons, Seamus Poynton, Cam Miller, Joe Stahle, Trey Stebral, Michael Brogrammer, Cole Arduser, Jax Flynn, Hayes Diersen, Tyler Locke, True Eidahl, Lucas Walker, Nolan Pattison, Colin Linden, Miles Fuller, Thomas Brandt, Brady Stotler, Cael O’Neil, Sully Steen, Luke Haganman, Nathan Steffens, Mat Rehnke and Jason O’Neil; and transfer Jace Andregg.”
In a recent article at yourprepsports.com, “11 Your Prep Sports area football players to watch this season,” Ryan Murken named two Solon seniors, Cam Miller and AJ Coons, to his list.
The article cited 6-2, 205-pound North Dakota State recruit Miller’s nearly 3,500 passing yards and 51 aerial touchdowns in two seasons at the helm, completing better than 59 percent of his passes as the basis for his inclusion. Not to mention the 20-2 record as a starter, with 1,627 yards and 26 of the touchdowns coming from last season alone as he rushed for another 183 yards and two scores.
Coons’ inclusion was credited to a performance last season placing him as one of the top pass catchers in the state, ranked sixth in Class 3A receiving and fourth-best with12 touchdown catches. The 6-4, 200-pound, South Dakota State recruit, who comprises the other half of the Cam-Coons connection for the Spartans, was also praised for his 17 yards per catch average last season and better than 19 yards per reception in his career for inclusion in the list.
Coach Miller starts the season with 22 years as a head coach, 19 of them with Solon.
“I’ve had Mark Sovers and Brent Sands on staff from the very beginning and Brad Wymer for 12 and Chris Croy in some capacity for over 15 years,” Coach Miller tallied. “Alex Harmer will be the new coach on staff. Curt Miller 17 years, Aaron Kampman for seven years, Aaron Hadenfeldt for six years, Dan Coons 13 years and Bryan Woods for two years.”
Just doing the quick math, it is easy to understand Solon’s continued successes.
“We’ve retained our coaches for a long period of time and it’s contributed the consistency we’ve experienced,” Coach Miller noted.
Coach Miller, when assessing this team’s potential, pointed to his common expectations for the team this season with confidence.
“The cohesiveness that they possess, they genuinely care about one another,” he expounded. “Overall, we have good team speed led by a large senior class.
“As a whole, the team is doing a tremendous job this off-season,” Coach Miller continued. “Our expectations are the same as always: first, 9-0; second, district championship; third, state championship.”
On Friday, Aug. 23, the first day of school, the Spartans travel to Union High School, in La Porte City, for a preseason varsity scrimmage.
The Solon Spartans open the regular season on the road in Mount Vernon with the Mustangs on Friday, Aug. 30, with a 7:30 p.m. varsity kick-off. The Mustangs were 5-4 last season.
Friday, Sept. 6, at 7:30 p.m., the home opener kicks off at Spartan Stadium as Solon hosts West Liberty. West Liberty west 8-4 last season.
The Spartans travel to Marion Friday, Sept. 13, to battle the Indians at 7:30 p.m. Marion had a 4-5 season in 2018-19.
Davenport Assumption visits Spartan Stadium at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20, to battle Solon. Assumption, too, had a 4-5 season last year.
Solon hosts Fort Madison on Friday, Sept. 27, at Spartan Stadium, for a 7:30 p.m. kick off. Fort Madison finished last season at 3-6.
It is always a battle when the Spartans face the Demons. Friday, Oct. 4, Solon travels to Washington for a 7:30 p.m. kick off. The Demons went 6-3 last year.
It is another trek for the Spartans on Friday, Oct. 11, when they visit Mount Pleasant for a 7:30 p.m. start. The Panthers were 5-4 last year.
The final regular season home game is Friday, Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m., against Keokuk at 7:30 p.m. Keokuk ended last season 1-8.
The final regular season game is Friday, Oct. 25, at 7:30 p.m., on the road in Fairfield. The Trojans ended their 2018-2019 campaign at 4-5.
“Our non-district schedule will present some challenges in Mount Vernon, West Liberty, Marion and Davenport Assumption,” Coach Miller commented. “Within our district Washington and Mount Pleasant appear to be very solid this year.”
This season holds a different air, more personal this season, for Coach Miller as son Cam will take his final ball under center.
“It’s really starting to hit me now that football has started,” reflected Coach Miller. “I’m not sure where the time has gone, but it’s went by pretty fast. I’m trying to soak it all in, one day at a time. I simply want him and the rest of our players to have a valuable and enjoyable experience and stay injury free.”