TIFFIN– It took a little time to get rolling.
After a shaky end to Solon’s first drive, the Spartans put up four touchdowns in the first half to spoil Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Homecoming Friday night, 38-9.
Solon had marched all the way to the CCA 1-yard line in its opening possession, but a holding penalty negated a touchdown, a snap sailed over the head of Solon quarterback J. J. Hanus, and he was subsequently sacked for a 7-yard loss.
Josh Proehl, however, was up to the task, and a 41-yard field goal put the Spartans on the scoreboard with a 3-0 lead.
The Clippers took a chance on an ensuing drive, going for a fourth down conversion on their own side of the field, but a broken play returned the ball to Solon and the Spartans never looked back.
Minutes later, junior Colton Dall padded the Solon lead, catching a 23-yard touchdown pass from Hanus. CCA took its next possession into Solon territory, but Dall intercepted CCA quarterback Dillon Villhauer, and returned it 72 yards down the CCA sidelines for another score.
Just like that, it was 17-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Solon tacked on two more touchdowns, one on a 30-yard completion from Hanus to senior Austin Dall, and the other a 17-yard keeper by Hanus.
The Clippers didn’t score until the third quarter, when a bobbled Solon snap ended up in the end zone for a safety. CCA added a 10-yard rushing touchdown by Homecoming King Nash Stopko in the final minute of play.
Solon’s only score in the second half came courtesy of Cody Fritz on a 10-yard run early in the fourth quarter.
Fritz was Solon’s leading rusher with 80 yards on 18 carries, but a lot of Spartans got into the act Friday night. Andy Klouda added a healthy 53 yards on only seven carries, while Hanus had 37 rushing yards on nine carries, and Rory Siddell contributed 34 yards on just two carries.
The Spartans amassed 302 total yards on the night, 201 of them on the ground.
Hanus was 7-10 passing for 101 yards and two touchdowns. Colton Dall caught three of those passes for 43 yards, while his brother Austin and Siddell each pulled in two.
Defensively, senior Jake Morris had four solo tackles for a loss. Austin Holub led the team with 10 tackles, while senior Jay Pike added nine and sophomore Jordan Wymer had eight tackles, five of them solo.