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Solon will enter the postseason one of four remaining unbeaten teams in Class 3A and as hot as any team in the state.
Third-ranked Solon matched a season-high with 63 points in a 63-6 win over Keokuk on Friday in its regular season finale at Spartan Stadium in Solon.
Solon jumped to a 28-0 first quarter lead and led 42-0 at halftime while improving to 9-0 on the season.
The Spartans were fifth in the final RPI rankings released by the Iowa High School Athletic Association on Friday night and will learn their opening-round opponent in the Class 3A playoffs on Saturday morning.
Blake Timmons passed for 102 yards and two touchdowns and three different Spartans scoring rushing touchdowns as the Spartans scored 63 points for the second time this season and first since a season-opening win over West Liberty.
Mac McCarty rushed for 65 yards and a score and Sean Stahle had 48 yards and two touchdowns as Solon finished with 179 yards on the ground.
Timmons connected with his older brother Jacob Timmons for a 26-yard scoring strike to start the scoring for Solon.
Stahle added a pair of first-quarter touchdown runs of 3 and 5 yards and Michael Pipolo scored on a 1-yard run to make it 28-0 Solon.
McCarty scored on a 12-yard run and Timmons hit Colin Werner for a 15-yard touchdown pass to make it 42-0 at the half.
Solon scored a pair of defensive touchdowns in the second half as Ryan Rasmussen returned an interception 25 yards for a score and Dade Altman rumbled 13 yards for a score after scooping up a fumble.
Solon limited Keokuk (2-7) to 101 total yards including 30 rushing yards on 20 carries.
Rasmussen picked off two passes while Pipolo also had an interception and Brett White had two sacks for the Spartans.
First downs 19 9
Rushes-yards 32-179 20-30
Comp-Att-Int 10-14-1 12-26-3
Passing yards 133 71
Total yards 312 101
Punts-avg. 0-0 4-26.2
Fumbles-lost 1-1 1-1
Penalties-yards 6-41 1-5
Solon 0 0 6 0 – 6
Keokuk 28 14 21 0 – 63
SOL – Jacob Timmons 26 pass from Blake Timmons (Brent Lumpkin kick)
SOL – Sean Stahle 3 run (Lumpkin kick)
SOL – Stahle 5 run (Lumpkin kick)
SOL – Michael Pipolo 1 run (Lumpkin kick)
SOL – Mac McCarty 12 run (Lumpkin kick)
SOL – Colin Werner 15 pass from Blake Timmons (Lumpkin kick)
SOL – Ryan Rasmussen 25 interception return (Lumpkin kick)
KEO – Diego Garcia 10 pass from Lucas Swainey (Kick failed)
SOL – Dade Altman 13 fumble return (Lumpkin kick)
SOL – Brady Mullen 5 pass from Brayden Ruskey (Lumpkin kick)
RUSHING – Solon: Mac McCarty 8-65, Sean Stahle 8-48, Blake Timmons 3-28, Michael Pipolo 2-18, Tino Longo 10-17, Oaken Foster 1-3. Keokuk: Lucas Swainey 6-29, Malachai Douglas 9-18, Chase Eckland 2-1, Bryor Lindner 3-(-18).
PASSING – Solon: Blake Timmons 7-11-1 102, Brayden Ruskey 3-3-0 31. Keokuk: Lucas Swainey 8-18-3 64, Bryor Lindner 3-7-0 10, Chase Eckland 1-1-0 -3.
RECEIVING – Solon: Jacob Timmons 4-63, Brady Mullen 2-22, Colin Werner 1-15, Grant Gerdin 1-14, Sean Stahle 1-10, Lucas Kampman 1-9. Keokuk: Diego Garcia 9-33, Liam O’Donnell 2-28, Chase Eckland 1-10.