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When Lucas Stanton took over as head football coach at Solon he vowed he wasn’t looking to change much within perennially powerful program.
It certainly looked like vintage Solon football on Friday when Stanton earned his first win leading the Spartans.
Solon rolled up 405 rushing yards in a dominant 42-0 win over Union (0-3) on Friday on a rain-soaked evening in LaPorte City.
After averaging under 150 rushing yards in back-to-back losses to Class 2A second-ranked Williamsburg and 3A No. 5 Washington the Spartans got the ground game going on Friday.
The 405 rushing yards were the most for Solon since the Spartans ran for 413 yards in an opening-round playoff win over Western Dubuque on October 30 of 2013.
Three Spartans ran for more than 100-yards as Solon (1-2) snapped a three-game losing skid that dated back to the 2019 state title game.
Senior tailback Jackson Ryan led the way, running for a career-high 176 yards and three touchdowns as the Spartans averaged better than eight yards per carry.
Ryan opened the scoring with a 65-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and added scoring runs of 22 and 4 yards.
Sophomore quarterback Blake Timmons added 112 yards on the ground and two touchdowns, scoring on runs of 4 and 5 yards.
Junior tailback Hayden Taylor added 107 yards on 11 carries and junior Tino Longo capped the scoring with a 3-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
While the Solon offense was chewing up yards on the ground the Spartan defense kept the Union offense in check.
Senior linebacker Lucas TePoel led the Spartans with six tackles while fellow linebacker Carson Shive added five stops as Solon posted the shutout.
Solon travels to South Tama on Friday.
Solon 13 8 14 7 – 42
Union 0 0 0 0 – 0
SOL – Jackson Ryan 65 run (Brent Lumpkin kick)
SOL – Blake Timmons 4 run (Kick failed)
SOL – Ryan 22 run (Carson Miller pass from Timmons)
SOL – Ryan 4 run (Timmons run)
SOL – Timmons 5 run (PAT failed)
SOL – Tino Longo 3 run (Lumpkin kick)