SOLON– It didn’t take long to see where this game was going.
Solon’s Jordan Wymer took the opening kickoff 97 yards down the Spartan sideline for a touchdown, and it was off to the races.
Moments later, Solon intercepted Anamosa quarterback Austin Seehusen deep in Raider territory. Two passes to Nathan Hawkins later, there was less than a minute elapsed on the clock, and Solon had taken a 14-0 lead over the winless Anamosa Raiders.
The Spartans rumbled to a 64-3 win Friday night, moving their record to 5-1 on the season, and an unblemished 3-0 in conference play.
“Overall we played well,” said head coach Kevin Miller. “I felt we were dominant in all three phases of the game and everyone contributed to the outcome.”
A total of 10 Spartans scored during the game, including six Point After Touchdowns (PATs) for Jackson Rushek and 2-point conversions for Josh Bender and Seth Phillips. Wymer, Hawkins, Brandon Kramer, Jacob Black, Connor Ham, Tyler Shaffer and Kiefer Stone all scored touchdowns.
And while it was not record-setting, the speed with which Solon scored during the first half was memorable. The Spartans came within spitting distance of several longstanding single game school records; Solon rushed for 340 total yards (record 489), gained a total of 432 yards (562 record) and scored 64 points (record 78).
The first quarter couldn’t have gone any better for Solon or any worse for Anamosa.
Up 14-0, Solon pinned Anamosa back and forced a punt which was blocked by Connor Ham (one of two on the night) and recovered by Shaffer. Black scampered 10 yards for his first touchdown of the evening and Phillips and Bender connected on a 2-point conversion to give Solon a 22-0 lead with nearly nine minutes left in the initial quarter.
Anamosa went three-and-out and Solon drove deep into Raider territory, only to lose a fumble in the red zone, but Ham blocked his second punt and recovered it in the end zone.
The Raiders threatened on their next possession after a 41-yard run by Randy Von Behren, but were unable to capitalize as a field goal attempt fell short.
On the next play, Black called his own number, cutting through the heart of the defense and then down the sidelines for an 80-yard score.
The first quarter was over, and Solon was ahead, 36-0.
The Spartans took to the air to start the second quarter, with Black hooking up with Shaffer in the end zone after a string of completions. On Solon’s next possession, Kramer broke off a 60-yard touchdown on his only carry of the game, and three minutes later Black was in the end zone again.
Solon was up 58-0 with five minutes and change remaining until halftime.
The Spartan coaches began freely substituting players and the third and fourth quarters were played with a continuous clock.
“All of our position coaches have a substitution plan coming in to every game. The coaches did a tremendous job of providing opportunities for our players to perform throughout the course of the game,” Miller said. “We do have a number of players that are two-way performers, we do our best to develop a substitution pattern that maximizes each player to compete at the highest level.”
As a result, a lot of Solon players racked up stats against the Raiders.
Black finished the game with 123 rushing yards on only three attempts, followed by senior Kiefer Stone with 96 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries. Kramer had his lone 60-yard rush, with Wymer collecting 55 yards on three carries.
Black was 8-9 from the pocket, hooking up three times each with Hawkins and Wymer, and twice with Shaffer for a total of 92 yards.
Six Spartans defenders had a solo tackle for loss, including Matt Ashton, Colton Hansel, Nate Kennedy, Logan Linderbaum, Zach Nunemaker and Matt Quinn. Three Solon players had five total tackles, including Kennedy, Ben Lilleodden and Jarrett Stallman. Another five Spartans– Tyler Hamann, Ron Lowenberg, Lucas Wrona, Phillips, and Connor Wiseman– had four tackles. Quinn and Hansel each had a solo sack.
Ham had two interceptions, while Hamann, Lowenberg and Quinn recovered fumbles.
The Spartans host Marion (3-3) Friday, Oct. 11, in the last home game of the season, and finish up on the road at Maquoketa (Oct. 18) and Benton Community (Oct. 25).
“For the most part we are pretty healthy,” Miller said. “I’m hopeful that we will have most of our players ready for Marion. At this point in the year you are bound to have some players that are nicked up and battling some minor injuries.”