CEDAR FALLS– The Solon Spartans bowed out of the state football tournament Thursday night, Nov. 14, after a 14-9 loss to Washington (Iowa) in the Class 3A semifinal.
It was a hard-fought game from the get-go and it lasted the entire four quarters, with lead changes throughout.
The Spartans fought off Washington until the final quarter, when a fake punt and a questionable call breathed new life into the Demons.
Facing fourth down and 18 yards to go at the 5:51 mark of the final quarter, Washington ran punter Mason Quigley down the sideline. He was stopped short of the first down but fumbled forward out of bounds. The officiating crew rewarded the Demons with the ball, and three plays later, Washington quarterback Daryn Seibelus connected with Tanner Knupp on a short crossing route that ended up 49 yards later in the winning touchdown for the Demons.
Solon had taken the lead on its opening possession, 3-0, but the Demons answered in the second quarter.
Knupp squirmed through a scrum of players and shot through the other side for a 52-yard touchdown, giving Washington a 7-3 lead.
The Spartans mounted successful drives in each of the first three quarters, but could not find the end zone. Jackson Rushek, however, found the uprights and provided all of the Spartans’ 9 points.
Solon held the 9-7 lead into the fourth.
Nathan Hawkins had two interceptions and a fumble recovery.
Jacob Black finished with 41 rushing yards and was 6-17 for 61 passing yards. Brandon Kramer led the ground game with 61 yards. Jordan Wymer had six rushes for 25 yards.
Tyler Shaffer blocked a Washington punt which Solon recovered deep in Demon territory.