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Spartans ground Falcons, 42-7

Spartans ground Falcons, 42-7
Adam Bock tucks away a screen pass from quarterback Cam Miller and turns up the field, dragging a West Burlington Notre Dame Falcon, during the first quarter of the Spartans’ 42-7 win on Friday, Oct. 13, at Spartan Stadium. (photo by Jeff Hess)

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”
The evening’s National Anthem was then sung by Lakeview fourth graders from the press box to open the varsity match.
The Spartans scored less than three minutes into the game, proving the Lakeview visit was a success, as Kendrick Harris punched his way into the end zone on a 8-yard run, capped by an Aidan Dall extra point, to put Solon out front, 7-0. Harris scored again in the first quarter with a 3-yard dash for a score, however the Spartans did not convert on a mishandled point-after attempt. The quarter ended a little over a minute and a half later, Solon up 13-0 over the Falcons.
A little over four minutes into the second quarter, West Burlington scored on a 36-yard breakaway run, only the third score on the Spartan defense this season and the first score in almost two-and-a-half games. Solon led, 13-7.
“West Burlington runs a triple option offense and you must play disciplined football when facing this type of offense. Unfortunately, we had some plays where we didn’t play assignment football and as a result we gave up a few big runs and one resulted in a touchdown,” Solon Head Coach Kevin Miller commented.
However, the Solon offense set to work, providing quarterback Cam Miller time to connect on two touchdown passes before the close of the half.
Miller hit Adam Bock on a 9-yard catch and Coal Flansburg forced his way into the end zone to convert for two.
Then Miller revisited the Sophomore Connection, hitting A.J. Coons for 20 yards and Dall split the uprights. The Spartans led at the half, 28-7.
Hunter Kula took his turn under the lights in the third quarter, hammering his way into the end zone twice through holes opened by the offensive line, on a carry of seven yards and a quick, one-yard sprint. Dall capped both scores with extra points. At the end of three, Solon led 42-7.
The Spartans stifled the Falcons’ scoring in the third and fourth quarter to end the conflict, 42-7, and clinched the lead in Class 3A District 5.
Miller connected with receivers 11 of 16 times for 182 yards and two touchdowns with the Falcons intercepting twice. Coons caught four of Miller’s passes for 95 yards to lead the Spartan receivers, scoring one of the touchdowns. Payton Bandy reeled in two passes to collect 59 yards, Jack Stahle snatched two passes for 20 yards, Bock grabbed two passes for seven total yards and a touchdown, and Storm Scott collected a screen pass for a yard and a score.
The offensive line opened lanes for the running backs, allowing Harris to carry 19 times for 136 yards and two touchdowns to lead in rushing for the Spartans. Kula pinballed through holes opened by the line to collect 89 yards and two touchdowns. Bock carried the ball once for 12 yards, Ben Krutzfeldt got a touch for nine yards, and Mason Stahle handled the ball three times netting a total of –7 yards.
Solon’s Spencer Wegmann wreaked havoc in West Burlington’s backfield with four solo tackles for loss, two sacks and six tackle assists to lead the defense. Coal Flansburg racked up three solos, one for a loss and assisted in five tackles, while Tyler Linderbaum wrapped up a solo and assisted on eight tackles. Harris amassed four solo tackles and assisted on one. Greg Brandt had two solos with one for loss and two assists and both Bock and Mason Stahle had one solo and four tackle assists apiece. Dillon Hoit and Storm Scott both had two solo tackles and an assist apiece, while Matt Folkerts assisted on five tackles. Kula had one solo tackle, while Chase Gehrke, Ben McAtee and Zach Wegmann assisted on two tackles apiece. Andy Brokaw assisted on a tackle.
Clay Gerdin intercepted West Delaware once without a return and recovered a fumble. Gehrke and Stahle both collected a fumble, as well.
Dall was 4-4 on his point after attempts.
Bock kicked off seven times for 386 yards with two touchbacks and returned two kickoffs for 46 total yards.
A.J. Coons had one punt return that netted only seven yards due to a penalty.
“We have to play better. We had some lapses in our offensive, defensive and special teams execution,” Coach Miller said. “We’ll watch film, address the concerns and work throughout the week to shore up some of our miscues.”
Asked for a comment on clinching the district, Coach Miller commented, “Going undefeated and winning a district title were two goals established at the beginning of the year. Both of the goals are within reach and if we play like we’re capable of we’ll accomplish both of the goals… So it’s very gratifying for our entire program. This group has worked exceptionally hard through the off-season and throughout the regular season to put themselves in a position to earn a district title. I’m very proud of players and staff and we don’t take winning district titles for granted, they are difficult to attain.”
Solon faces the Fairfield Trojans (2-6, 2-4), in Spartan Stadium, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20, with an opportunity to complete a perfect regular season in front of the Spartan faithful.
The Trojans face the Spartans fresh off a 27-0 loss to Mount Pleasant on Oct. 13.
“Defensively, they run some various fronts and coverages to keep you off-balance,” Coach Miller said of Fairfield. “We need to effectively recognize those looks and execute the various schemes we have in place. Offensively, they have a good sized offensive line and capable personnel that can make plays.”
Coach Miller stirred when asked how special it would be to complete a perfect regular season at home on Friday in front of a Spartan crowd. “It would be ‘icing on the cake’ to a spectacular season. I believe the last time we had an undefeated regular season was 2009, so this is especially gratifying for everyone involved with our program. There’s a lot of people that contribute to the overall success of (the) team and program and I’m grateful to everyone that assists our program in some capacity.”