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Spartans shell the Comets

Solon lights up West Liberty 48-7 on Armed Forces Appreciation Night
Solon resident and WWII veteran Dean Moel waves his hat to the crowd as he is honored on Armed Forces Appreciation Night before the start of the varsity game between the Spartans and the West Liberty Comets. Moel was a sailor on the USS Gambier Bay, a small aircraft carrier, when it was sunk during a Japanese attack in 1944. He spent two days in shark-infested waters before being rescued.

SOLON– The Solon Spartans moved to 2-0 on the 2019 varsity football season with a 48-7 non-district win over the West Liberty Comets at home on Friday, Sept. 6, for Armed Forces Appreciation Night.
The Comets took the Spartans to overtime in 2018, but this time Solon took control early.
Solon’s Cam Miller hooked up with A. J. Coons for a 40-yard pass on the first play from scrimmage and three plays later, Miller connected with Jace Andregg for a 16-yard touchdown pass to cap a five-play, 61-yard drive. Cael O’Neill nailed the point-after attempt (PAT) and Solon led 7-0 with just under two minutes gone in the first quarter.
The Spartans would go on to a 28-0 halftime lead and would hold the Comets scoreless until late in the game.
“As a whole we did some nice things,” summed up Head Football Coach Kevin Miller. “However, we certainly need to clean-up some miscues. We had far too many penalties and missed opportunities. With that being said, we played well defensively and made some explosive plays offensively.”
The Spartans rolled up some heavy offensive numbers and were stingy on defense.
Miller, a senior, completed 14 of 23 passes (60.9 percent) to seven different receivers for 257 yards and two touchdowns and was intercepted once. Coons, also a senior, caught three Miller passes for 109 yards.
Solon racked up 224 yards on the ground, led by Seamus Poynton with 15 carries for 59 yards and a trio of touchdowns. Poynton also made two receptions for 41 yards. Miller added 51 yards on the ground, as did senior True Eidahl (each on six carries. Jace Andregg, also a senior, ground out 39 rushing yards and caught three for 76 yards, while Caleb Ebert rushed twice for 25 yards total.
“We have many skilled position players that are extremely capable of rushing the football and contributing in the pass game,” Coach Miller noted. “When you are able to distribute the ball to that many different players, it speaks highly of the quality of players we have within our skill position group. We need to focus on improving on a daily basis, we have some challenging games in the near future and we must focus on raising the level of play all across the board.”
Poynton and junior Lucas TePoel each had dazzling interceptions for the defense, which held West Liberty to just over 50 yards rushing before giving up an 80-yard run in the fourth quarter, the final score of the game.
Jax Flynn, a senior, led the Spartan defense with four solo and eight assisted tackles. Nolan Pattison, a senior, had Solon’s only quarterback sack for the evening.
“Jax Flynn has been a real catalyst for our defense this season,” Coach Miller said. “Michael Broghammer has been stellar on both sides of the ball as an offensive and defensive player. We have made some significant improvements on the offensive and defensive lines. However, we need to continue to make big strides in the upcoming weeks.”
Solon moved the ball at will in the first half, with Poynton scooting across the goal line on a 5-yard run toward the end of the first quarter to make it 13-0 ahead of another good O’Neill kick for the 14-0 advantage.
Poynton scored again with five minutes remaining in the second quarter on a 1-yard stroll. The O’Neill kick made it a 21-0 lead after another five-play drive, which covered 76 yards.
The Spartans struck again with 13.2 seconds left in the first half as Cam Miller hit Cole Arduser with a 15-yard pass for a touchdown. O’Neill’s kick was again good, and the Spartans took a 28-0 lead into halftime after an eight-play drive covering 80 yards.
Andregg scored his second touchdown of the night with 4:25 remaining in the third quarter on an 8-yard run. O’Neill’s PAT made it 35-0 and triggered the continuous clock after three plays and a 25-yard drive.
The pounding continued as Poynton put up his third touchdown of the night with a one-yard hop, skip and a jump into the end zone with 9:26 left in the ballgame. Again, O’Neill booted the ball through the uprights, and the Spartans enjoyed a 42-0 advantage.
True Eidahl put in the final touchdown with five minutes left in the contest. This time however, O’Neill’s kick missed its mark. But Solon held a 48-0 lead.
The Comets pulled off an 80-yard run late in the game to avoid the shutout, and put up a good PAT for the 48-7 final.
The game also marked Armed Forces Appreciation Night for the Spartans.
WWII veteran Dean Moel was honored prior to the game, introduced as the freshmen football team held a large American flag accompanied by members of the Solon American Legion. Moel was a sailor on the USS Gambier Bay, a small aircraft carrier, when it was sunk during a Japanese attack in 1944. He spent two days in shark-infested waters before being rescued.
Veterans in attendance gathered by the flag of their military branch while the Spartan Marching Band performed, and the halftime concluded with a fireworks display in the west end of Spartan Stadium.
“Friday night was an exceptional night where many veterans were honored,” Coach Miller observed. “Our players relished the opportunity to play in such a special environment where they could honor the men and women who have served our great nation.”
The Spartans travel to Marion to face the Indians on Friday, Sept. 13, with the freshmen kicking off at 5 p.m., and the varsity firing up at 7:30 p.m.

Solon 48, West Liberty 7
Passing — Cam Miller 14-23-257-2
Rushing — Seamus Poynton 15-59-3, True Eidahl 6-51-1, Miller 6-51, Jace Andregg 4-39-1, Caleb Ebert 2-25, Brock Riemers 1-(-)1.
Receiving — AJ Coons 3-109, Andregg 3-76-1, Poynton 2-41, Cole Arduser 1-15-1, Lucas TePoel 2-9, Colton Hoffman 2-5, Jax Flynn 1-2.
Tackles (solo, assist, total, for loss, sacks) — Flynn 4-8-8.0-0-0-0-0, Sully Steen 2-2-3.0-0-0-0-0, Nolan Pattison 2-0-2.0-1-0-1-0, Coons 1-3-2.5-0-0-0-0, Poynton 1-3-2.5-0-0-0-0, Bo Janssen 1-1-1.5-0-0-0-0, Mathieux Rehnke 1-0-1.0-0-0-0-0, Hayes Diersen 1-0-1.0-0-0-0-0, TePoel 0-5-2.5-0-0-0-0, Michael Broghammer 0-4-2.0-0-0-0-0, Ben Cusick 0-3-1.5-0-0-0-0, Nash Altman 0-1-0.5-0-0-0-0, Thomas Brandt 0-1-0.5-0-0-0-0, Ebert 0-1-0.5-0-0-0-0, Eidahl 0-1-0.5-0-0-0-0, Danny Knezevich 0-1-0.5-0-0-0-0, Collin Linden 0-1-0.5-0-0-0-0, Nathan Steffens 0-1-0.5-0-0-0-0.
Interceptions — Poynton 1, TePoel 1.
PAT kicks — Cael O’Neill 6-7.
Kick Offs — O’Neill 7-396.
Punts — Trey Stebral 1-46.
Kick Off Returns — Coons 1-30.
Punt Returns — Poynton 3-40, Coons 2-32.