DeWITT– The Central DeWitt Sabers just could not figure out Solon quarterback Jacob Black.
Black was 0-4 from the pocket and finished with a quarterback rating of 0.0, but he did something no other Solon quarterback has done, and that’s rush for 300 yards.
Black compiled 307 yards rushing on 26 carries Friday night, just shy of the school individual record of 329 yards set by Randy Beranek in 1978, to lead the Spartans to a 35-14 win of the Sabers of Central Clinton at DeWitt.
“I don’t think we have had a 300-yard rusher for over 20 years at Solon,” remarked head coach Kevin Miller.
Black averaged 11.8 yards per carry and scored three touchdowns, including a 48-yarder in the fourth quarter to erase all Saber hopes.
He was supplemented by equally impressive stats from Brandon Kramer and Jordan Wymer, the other members of the offensive backfield. Kramer had 17 touches for 87 yards, while Wymer added 44 yards on only seven carries. Each had a touchdown.
The Spartans ended the game with 438 rushing yards, close, but still not threatening to the team record of 489 yards rolled up against West Branch in 1987.
“The story of the game was that we controlled both lines of scrimmage,” said Miller. “Offensively we rushed the ball with a great deal of effectiveness. Our offensive line was simply outstanding. Our backs also did a great job of blocking.”
But this was not just about offense.
The Spartan defense withstood two goal line stands which Miller said “were certainly key to the outcome of the game.”
Logan Linderbaum intercepted Saber quarterback Jesse Brackey and returned it 14 yards, while both Eli DeWitt and Connor Ham recovered fumbles for Solon.
“Defensively we did a pretty solid job defending Dewitt Central,” Miller said. “We allowed a few big plays but buckled down inside the red zone.”
Nate Kennedy had four solo tackles and eight assists to lead the Solon defense; Danny Whitmore had two solo tackles and seven assists, Connor Wiseman added four solos and four assists. Linderbaum had three solo tackles (one for a loss), four assists and the interception; Ham had five solo tackles while Tyler Shaffer added a solo tackle for loss.
The Spartans jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter as the Sabers had difficulty corralling the Spartan quarterback. Kramer scored on a 1-yard run and Black scored on a 7-yard run.
Black had his second touchdown in the second quarter, giving Solon a 21-0 lead (Jackson Rushek converted all five of his Point After Attempts (PAT)), before Central DeWitt could get on the board with a 3-yard run by Tyler Stillmunkes.
After a scoreless third quarter, Solon struck again with a 7-yard run by Wymer and the scored surged to 28-7. The Sabers showed some spark, capping a drive with another rushing touchdown by Stillmunkes, but the wind came out of the sails with Black’s final touchdown, a 48-yard heartbreaker for Central DeWitt.
“Overall, it was a great win against a quality opponent,” Miller said. I’m very proud of our players because it was a total team effort.”
Solon has two more home games coming up and will finish the regular season with two on the road. The winless Anamosa Raiders come to Solon Friday, Oct. 4.