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Spartans deliver Stanton’s first win in downpour

Solon puts Knights to sleep, 42-0

LA PORTE CITY– As the heavens gushed, the Solon varsity football team delivered Head Coach Lucas Stanton his first win helming the Spartans with a 42-0 victory over the Union Community Knights, on Friday, Sept. 11, in La Porte City.
In the fashion of history past, the Spartans used the elements to their advantage, keeping the ball on the ground while rain hammered the players and field, leaning on their offensive and defensive linemen for protection.
The defense dominated the Knights, limiting them to 75 total passing yards, just 10 receptions on 17 attempts, and held Union to 16 total rushing yards on 24 carries in four quarters.
But it wasn’t just a story of defense, the offensive line provided separation, allowing the Spartans to put up over 100 yards a quarter average, amassing 405 rushing yards on 49 carries and yielding three players responsible for 395 of the total yards. Senior Jackson Ryan rushed 18 times accumulating 176 yards in the game for three touchdowns– a career high– sophomore quarterback Blake Timmons carried the ball 15 times for 112 yards and two touchdowns, and junior Hayden Taylor ran 11 times collecting 107 yards for the Spartans. Junior Tino Longo carried the ball twice for nine yards, including a three-yard touchdown, juniors Tyler Hancox and Kinnick Pusteoska carried the ball once apiece for three yards each, and senior Colton Hoffman carried the ball once for a five-yard loss.
Ryan was the recipient of the sole 13-yard pass in the game for the Spartans.
The last time the Spartans’ rushing performance surpassed 400 yards in a game was a playoff win over Western Dubuque on Oct. 30, 2013.
Coach Stanton announced, “Big win for our players and coaches. We needed it for our confidence. I know we have a good football team, we just hadn't got it done on the scoreboard, so I was very happy for players to get that W.”
The scoring started early in the first quarter for the Spartans when Ryan scrambled 65 yards for the Spartans’ first score and junior Brent Lumpkin split the uprights for the point-after. Timmons hustled in from four yards out in the first quarter, followed by a missed kick, giving the Spartans a 13-0 lead entering the second quarter.
Ryan delivered the Spartans’ only score of the second quarter on a 22-yard carry with junior Carson Miller grabbing a pass from Timmons for a two-point conversion, providing the Spartans a comfortable 21-0 lead as both teams fled the deluge for a halftime respite.
Solon added 14 more points to its total in the third quarter on a four-yard dash by a Timmons, capped by a run for a two-point conversion; and Timmons scampered in from five yards out, followed by a failed PAT, to set the clock aglow with Solon leading, 35-0.
Longo raced in from three yards out in the fourth quarter and Lumpkin delivered another PAT to provide the Spartans’ final score of 42-0.
Coach Stanton conceded the rain played a factor in preparation and the success of the game.
“The rain no doubt played a role in the game,” he said. “We felt like we were the superior team regardless of the rain, but it changed some things we had planned to do, yes. We did change our original play call list based on the conditions. We also were taking feedback from the players on how slick it was out there and how our (quarterback) could grip the ball. We didn't want to take unnecessary risks with the ball and give them any opportunities. We were pleased with how we handled the ball most of the night.”
He quickly dispelled the notion there was discussion of changing from white jerseys due to the conditions.
“No, the kids wanted to wear the all-white jerseys!” He affirmed. “Now, (whomever is) washing the jerseys may not be happy with that decision!”
Senior Lucas TePoel led the Spartans defensively with six solo tackles, senior Carson Shive recorded five tackles with four being solo tackles, junior Jake Quillin was credited 4.5 tackles with four solo, senior Ben Cusick wrapped up 3.4 tackles with three solo, junior Lucas Kampman racked up three solo tackles, and senior Will Noonan had three tackles with two solo. Seniors Danny Knezevich, Ryan and Ethan Swan and juniors Jacob Timmons and Cayden Knipper had two solo tackles apiece. Hoffman and juniors Carson Miller, Michael Purdy and Cache Goodwin each had a solo tackle. Juniors Brady Mullen, Parker Pentico, Tyler Hancox, Logan Sieverding and seniors Austin Quaintance and Erich Karsten were credited with half a tackle apiece.
“First play of the game set the tone with Jackson's TD run,” Coach Stanton stated. “We got the front we wanted, our line did a good job and Jackson's effort to break a tackle down the field was great.”
He said the defense was sound as well, creating good field position the our offense.
“Outstanding performances go to our offensive and defensive lines,” Coach Stanton praised.
“Lucas TePoel stood out on defense for us as well our defensive line as I said before. He led us in tackles and had some key pass break ups,” Stanton added. “Our lines really set the tone for us all night. They were relentless and physical the whole night.”
The win moved Solon to 1-2 on the season and the district loss dropped the Knights to 0-3.
The Spartans have the opportunity to add another road win on Friday, Sept. 18, as they travel to Tama to battle with the South Tama Trojans (2-1), at South Tama High School.
The contest may be a battle in the trenches for both teams.
The Spartans enter the contest with a season total of 270 passing yards recording 17 receptions on 37 attempts versus the Trojans’ 109 passing yards, completing just nine of 24 passes. Solon has only been intercepted once thus far in the season versus the four interceptions for South Tama.
South Tama has amassed 756 rushing yards on 115 carries with 11 rushing touchdowns versus the Solon’s 698 yards on 127 carries for seven rushing touchdowns.
Coach Stanton is not taking any district game for granted this season, even fresh off a win.
“South Tama has a very good running back and their quarterback has shown he is a very capable runner, as well,” Coach Stanton assessed. “It will be a good match up for us, and one we cannot take lightly.
“They do some really good things on both sides of the ball,” he continued. “They line up in Maryland I a lot and just give it to their talented running back who makes guys miss and can also break tackles. We will need to keep him in check. Offensively, I think we can take advantage of some certain alignments and as well in their secondary.”
The Spartans return to Spartan Stadium on Friday, Sept. 25, to face the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikings (1-2) for Homecoming with a kickoff slated for 7 p.m. The Mount Vernon Mustangs (3-0) visit Spartan Stadium on Friday, Oct. 2, for a 7 p.m. kickoff to continue their Highway 1 rivalry and Solon treks to Center Point-Urbana High School to engage the Stormin’ Pointers (0-3) in a final regular season game on Friday, Oct. 9, with a 7:30 p.m. kick off.
Statistics contained in article are courtesy of https://ia.varsityound.com from Sept. 13.