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Washington falls to Solon: 40-0

Sep 18, 2017
Washington’s Dalton Myers (30) catches a pass from quarterback Luke Turner (18) during the first half of a football game against Solon at Solon High School on Friday, September 15, 2017. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)

By Matt Bryant, The JOURNAL

 

The Washington football team ranks in the top 10 in some of the early season polls. The Solon Spartans carry a No. 1 ranking in many of those same polls.

There is a good reason for their ranking.

Solon forced five turnovers and recorded its third shutout of the season, beating Washington, 40-0, in Class 3A District 5 play Friday night at Spartan Stadium.

“Obviously not the result we wanted. Solon is the No. 1 ranked team in the state of Iowa, and they played like it on Friday night,” said Washington Coach Garrison Carter. “We let a couple early mistakes snowball and we were never able to claw back in the game.”

Solon has allowed just one touchdown in four games, shutting out three ranked teams from three different classes.

The Spartans’ defense stifled the short-handed Demons, who were without starting quarterback Ryan Reighard on offense. Washington, who averaged more than 150 yards rushing through the first three games, managed just 3 yards on the ground Friday night. Sophomore quarterback Luke Turner, making just his second start, put up 126 yards through the air, 92 yards of which were hauled in by Jaivonn Willis.

“Solon served us a nice piece of humble pie. It was a good measuring stick game for us.” Carter said. “We learned a lot from that experience and now we need to get better.”

Washington’s second possession of the game ended with a fumble on a botched punt attempt. The Spartans took over at the 11, leading to a 5-yard touchdown pass from Cam Miller to Kendrick Harris. Coal Flansburg’s successful conversion run made it 14-0 with 11:42 left before halftime.

The Spartans used a 20-point second quarter, scoring on four straight first-half drives, to put the game out of reach. The defense helped set up the final TD of the stretch and a 26-0 halftime edge.

The Spartans added two additional touchdowns in the second half, much of which was played with a continuous clock.

“You learn a lot more about a team and about people after a loss than you do after a win,” Carter said. “I am excited to see how we react to this adversity. We have to be able to take a loss as a learning moment, fix what needs fixed and move on.”

The Demons return home for a homecoming matchup against Fairfield on Friday at Case Field.

“At the end of the day it is just one game,” Carter said. “We will watch the film, learn from it, fix what needs fixed and move on to Fairfield.”

The Gazette’s K.J. Pilcher contributed to this report.

 

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