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Solon blasts Marion, 44-0

Defense pitches shut out, holds Indians to 100 yards
Solon's Bo Janssen holds as kicker Cael O'Neill remains Mr. Perfect in regards to point-after attempts during the Spartans' 44-0 slamming of the Marion Indians on Friday, Sept. 13, in Marion.

MARION As the Spartans varsity football team traveled to Thomas Park in Marion on Friday, Sept. 13, the machine shed mantra south of Solon begged the players, Send em to the Spirit World.
Solons own version of the Young Guns did not disappoint, trampling the Indians, 44-0, in nearly a spiritual manner.
Solons scoring began early, during the first possession, with 9:51 remaining in the first quarter. Cam Miller sprinted up the middle behind solid blocking for 11 yards and a score. Cael ONeill kicked the extra point and Solon was up, 7-0.
The Spartans next score came courtesy of Miller connecting with A.J. Coons just shy of two minutes later for 44 yards, including a tip-toe scamper along the sideline for the score and another ONeill kick. The Spartans led, 14-0, with only seven minutes elapsed in the first quarter.
Solon started its third possession on the 47-yard line and Marion took a time-out after punting it to Solon with 5:38 remaining in the first quarter. The Spartans would not capitalize on the possession, however, following a holding penalty. Solon kicked it away with just 3:44 remaining in the first quarter.
Solons defense remained steadfast and Miller scored on a 10-yard run, followed by another successful ONeill kick. Solons lead moved to 21-0 with 10:40 remaining in the first half.
The Indians gave the ball back to the Spartans after being smothered by Solons defense with 9:44 blazing atop the scoreboard.
Jace Andregg crossed the goal line for Solon next, recipient of a 32-yard pass from Miller and ONeill split the posts for the point-after and the Spartans led, 28-0, with 6:32 remaining in the half.
Marion quarterback Wyatt Cannon was brought down in the end zone by Andregg with 3:08 still left in the second quarter.
The Cam-Coons Connection scored again as Coons reeled in a 11-yard reception as the horn sounded and ONeill put the cherry on top, ending the half with Solon leading, 37-0. The team assembled in the east end zone for halftime, beyond the goal posts, comfortably in the lead.
The continuous clock took affect following half time and the final Spartan score came in the third quarter.
Seamus Poynton barreled 14 yards, bumping and banging his way into the end zone. ONeill, who was perfect on the evening in point-after attempts, divided the uprights and the final score was reached, 44-0.
The fourth quarter went scoreless.
The defense performed exceptionally, running roughshod over the Indians offense, flushing the quarterback, breaking down plays and wreaking havoc on nearly every play. The Spartan defense limited Marion to less than 100 yards total offense, only three first downs and permitted the Indians only one trip inside the Spartan 20-yard line. Marion was allowed only three completions on seven attempts and earned just 18 yards in the air. The Spartan defense forced three fumbles, recovering two of them, and limited the Indians to 66 yards on 26 carries.
I was extremely pleased with our defense, said Solon Head Coach Kevin Miller. We played very disciplined and physical from start to finish. When you play a triple option team, you have to be sound fundamentally and schematically.
Honestly, I thought our entire defense needs to be recognized for an outstanding performance. I can't think of any particular players because the entire unit was so effective.
Senior Jax Flynn recorded five solo tackles and four assists with one tackle for loss to lead the Spartan defense. Junior Austin Quaintance recorded a solo tackle and seven assists; senior Sully Steen recorded five assists; Poynton had a solo tackle and two assists; senior Nolan Pattison and junior Lucas TePoel recorded four assists apiece; junior Bo Janssen had a solo tackle and an assist; juniors Nash Altman and Colton Hoffman along with seniors Tyler Locke and Andregg were responsible for a solo tackle apiece Andreggs was for the safety; senior Collin Linden collected three tackle assists; seniors Michael Broghammer and Coons and junior Ben Cusick were credited for two tackle assists apiece; and senior Miles Fuller along with juniors Caleb Ebert, Zach Harp, Danny Knezevich, Will Noonan, and Jason ONeil assisted in a tackle. Poynton and senior Nathan Steffens each recorded a fumble for no gain.
Our entire defensive unit stood out, Miller added. I was very proud of our effort and the discipline that we demonstrated.
Senior quarterback Cam Miller went 10-17 passing for 153 yards and three touchdowns, the longest connection the 44-yard strike to Coons. He rushed seven times amassing 70 total yards and two touchdowns. Junior quarterback Bo Janssen was 1-1 passing for nine total yards and rushed three times for 10 yards.
Coons led the receiving corps with six catches for 86 yards total, including two touchdowns, the longest 44 yards. Andregg was just behind with three receptions for 51 yards and a touchdown, the longest 32 yards. He also rushed twice gaining three yards total. Poynton had one reception for 17 yards and rushed nine times accumulating 51 yards and a touchdown, the longest 14 yards. Senior Mathieux Rehnke had a grab for nine yards.
Junior Caleb Ebert rushed four times for Solon amassing 13 total yards and senior True Eidahl rushed five times collecting four yards total for the Spartans.
Senior kicker ONeill was perfect, 6-6, on PATs in the game and kicked off six times amassing 345 yards with two touchbacks. Miller punted once for 41 yards and senior Trey Stebral punted twice collecting 71 yards, the longest 40 yards.
Junior Lucas TePoel returned one kickoff for 15 yards and Andregg returned one for four yards.
Coons returned three punts for 74 yards and Poynton received two punts.
Coach Miller saw the opportunity for improvement in the Spartans 44-0 offensive performance.
Offensively we made some big plays but we need to sustain drives by executing at a higher level, he said. Cam also made some plays but recognizes that he can play better. He needs to trust his reads and distribute the football accordingly.
We simply need to be more consistent on the offensive end if we want to continue to improve and get to where we want to be, he added.
The Spartans host Davenport Assumption (2-1) on Friday, Sept 20, at Spartan Stadium fresh off Assumptions 17-0 loss to Cedar Rapids Xavier. Solon hosts Fort Madison (2-1) on Friday, Sept. 27, then take to the road on Friday, Oct. 4, visiting Washington (3-0) at Case Field. The road trek continues in Mount Pleasant (2-1) on Friday, Oct. 11, and then the Spartans return for their final home regular season game Friday, Oct. 18, hosting Keokuk (3-0). The final regular season game for Solon is a road affair in Fairfield (0-3) on Friday, Oct. 25.
We are focused on Assumption right now. Assumption will present a real stiff challenge. Offensively they have the ability to make big plays in the run and pass game. Their quarterback is a solid player and we must come ready to play. I also think Washington and Mount Pleasant will be very competitive. We really have to focus on improving on a daily and weekly basis.
Coach Miller said the schedule challenges the team, but the investment of the athletes provides this talented group the opportunity to shine.
Friday night will provide exactly what we need, a test to see where we're at and what we need to do moving forward, he said. I'm excited about the prospects of the upcoming weeks, knowing that the next few weeks are imperative to our development.
Outscoring opponents 127-14 in the first three weeks of the season has all the local prognosticators praising the Spartans, but postseason competition levels up. Though all the ingredients appear to be in place and the Spartans are competing successfully, Washington (3-0) and Keokuk (3-0) are the only two teams with comparable records currently on the Spartans schedule.
We don't have any control over our schedule but we do have control over how we prepare every day on the practice field, Coach Miller pointed out. I'm encouraged because I feel we're just scratching the surface on how good we can possibly be. Our growth and improvement will occur on the practice field.