TIFFIN– The Spartans of Solon marched into the homeport of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers and wreaked havoc upon coach Rodney Walls’ crew, dominating much of the game and taking home a 45-7 victory.
The Spartans owned the first quarter, putting up three touchdowns and scoring seemingly at will while thwarting the Clippers’ drives and holding them to their own half of the field.
The Clipper faithful, many dressed in Christmas attire, had cause to cheer in the final minute of the first quarter as CCA pulled off a long pass good for a first down on Solon’s 28-yard line. The quarter ended, but the drive continued. However, Spartan defense shut it down and forced a field goal attempt by Niles VanElsas that ended up going wide left.
Clipper defense perked up a bit in the second, stopping a Spartan drive and forcing them into a field goal, which was successful and led to a 24-0 deficit at the half.
Two more Spartan touchdowns in the third quarter activated the continuous clock. A third put the Clippers down 45-0 going into the final quarter. Quarterback Konrad Moore connected for 17 yards with A.J. Liddell with 7:27 remaining in the game for CCA’s first and only touchdown of the game. VanElsas’ extra point kick was good, and the Clippers avoided the shutout.
Solon rushed for 268 yards to CCA’s 12 and passed 10 times for 232 yards vs. 16 CCA completions for 167. Jonathan Nzombo was the leading rusher for the Clippers with 46 yards on 13 attempts. Mitch Stopko had 4 yards on one carry. Moore completed 14-23 passes for 159 yards, Nile Rourke made 2-3 for eight. Tanner Bandy was the leading receiver for CCA, making eight catches for 108 yards. Liddell had three for 27 with the touchdown, Nzombo had one for 13, Zach Anderson had two for a dozen yards and Andrew Beckler had two for seven.
Defensively, Steven Jensen had three tackles with nine assists, Moore had three with six assists, Josh Martinac made three with five assists and Jared Ganschow made three with four assists. Miguel Mosaquites, Martinac and Nzombo each had a tackle for a loss.
The Clippers fell to 2-2 on the season and next face Fort Madison on the road Friday, Sept. 21, before returning for Homecoming on Sept. 28 against Central DeWitt.