MT. PLEASANT — The fourth-ranked Solon Spartans showed their worth on Friday, beating a Union area team for the second-straight week. This week, it was Mt. Pleasant, who couldn’t find the end zone for the first three quarters of a 35-14 loss.
To add to Mt. Pleasant’s stresses, Solon scored on its first three possession of the game, the only three possessions the Spartans would get in the first half.
Mt. Pleasant drove to the Solon 30 on their first drive of the game, but came up one-yard short on a fourth-down conversion attempt, handing the ball over to the Spartans. Solon capitalized, dirving 70 yards for a score, which was capped off by a four-yard touchdown run from Jace Andregg.
The next two Solon touchdowns came in the second period, both from running back Seamus Poynton. When the Panthers went into the locker room, they found themselves trailing 21-0, their worst halftime deficit of the year.
Mt. Pleasant momentarily grabbed momentum on Solon’s first drive of the second half, forcing a fumble that was recovered by Brett Baccam. The Spartans stopped Mt. Pleasant on fourth down in Solon territory, however, and got the ball right back.
Solon quarterback Cam Miller capped off a touchdown drive the other way with a one-yard run for a score. A botched kick return gave the ball back to Solon and Miller ran for a two-yard touchdown to stretch the lead to 35-0.
Mt. Pleasant finally sccored in the fourth quarter when Brody Bender hit Brevin Wilson on an eight-yard touchdown pass on fourth and goal. Then, in the last 30 seconds, Logan Bass broke free on a 47-yard touchdown run.
“Hats off to Solon,” Said Panther head coach Shawn Striegel. “They’re a good football team, they’re well coached and they didn’t make mistakes.”
Bender finished the night 13-22 for 95 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. His favorite receiver was Rylan Seberg, who caught seven passes for 59 yards.
Bass ended up with 131 rushing yards and a touchdown. Jack Johnson had 49 yards of total offense.
Mt. Pleasant fell to 5-2 overall and 4-1 in distric play with the loss. They’ll need to win their final two games to have any hope of a playoff berth. They’ll host Ft. Madison in their final home game this week.
“Ft. Madison is an up-and-coming team, but we have to treat every team like it’s a playoff team,” Coach Striegel says. “We have to treat every situation that comes to us as an opportunity to get better, and we have to be better. I think we took a step back this week a little bit, even though Solon is a good football team, but we have to move forward against Ft. Madison.”