Spartans grind out win over Williamsburg
Solon moved to 6-1 Friday night with a 31-13 win over the Williamsburg Raiders.
Both squads entered the game with a single loss, but Solon took advantage of Williamsburg miscues and ground out the victory behind 247 rushing yards.
Leading the attack was senior quarterback J.J. Hanus with 105 rushing yards and 45 passing.
Solon held the Raiders scoreless in the first two quarters, taking a 17-0 lead into halftime.
Josh Proehl started the scoring with a 24-yard field goal in the first quarter. In the second, Danny Whitmore pounced on a fumbled pitch to give the Spartans the ball deep in Williamsburg territory. The Solon offense scored on its next play, a 4-yard pass from Hanus to Austin Dall.
Solon’s next drive ended with a 6-yard touchdown run by Cody Fritz.
Williamsburg started the third quarter with big runs of 41 and 29 yards by senior Trevor Knepper, and a 1-yard touchdown whittled Solon’s margin to 17-6.
Despite a defensive stop and some Solon mistakes, the Raiders couldn’t capitalize and the Spartans took the momentum back with a 72-yard drive capped by a 31-yard run by Fritz.
Andy Klouda’s 2-yard run in the fourth sealed the win prior to a second touchdown by the Raiders in the closing minutes of the game.
The Solon defense held Williamsburg to 159 yards of rushing offense and 58 in the air, while Solon amassed 292 total yards of offense.
Fritz ended the game with 75 yards, while Klouda added 48. Klouda, Austin Holub, Austin Dall and Colton Dall each had receptions.
Holub led the defense with eight total tackles, including one for a loss. Kyle Kroymann and Tim Lance were credited with a sack each.