Solon Steamrolls Over Medina With Victory

Throughout the season, the games that the students and parents usually look forward to the most at home are the Homecoming Game and the senior nights for the players, trainers and the band. Homecoming usually brings excitement with anticipation for the dance and the winners on Homecoming Court but senior night always adds in its own excitement. It usually occurs on either the last home game or the second to last home game and is a special evening for the seniors and the parents.

I arrived at Solon’s Stewart Field at 6:15 pm and it was strange to not see either team warming up. Warmups were done earlier to accommodate the pregame festivities. I am used to seeing both teams warming up with the coaches when I walk into the stadium but this evening was a little different.

Prior to walking on the field, I looked around and noticed a lot of people wearing pink. The arriving students congregating in the student section were all decked out in pink and the band members wore pink gloves. There were parents sitting with pink t-shirts in the stands and it was all for cancer awareness.

I had seen on article on Cleveland.com earlier in the week that the Solon volleyball team was going to do their annual promotion wear fans and players would wear pink for cancer awareness. I always enjoy seeing a fun promotion like this and I could tell the students were excited about it. It was incredible to see the entire student section decked out in pink and to see the band members and parents take part in the promotion as well.

I decided to walk over to the student section before the game and start taking picture after picture. It was really awesome to see the entire student section decked out in pink and to see them support a great cause.

After the senior football players came down with their parents, I rounded all of them up for a group picture. They had to be one of the easiest groups to organize for this type of picture and I managed to get some really good shots. I figured it would be a great picture for all of them and it would be appreciated. It always make me smile whenever parents go out of their way to tell me how much they enjoy my pictures and how certain shots are really meaningful to them.

When the first quarter started, Solon managed to get out to an early 7-0 lead when quarterback George Berry scampered into the endzone from 31 yards out.

One quarter later, Berry would connect with wide receivers Darian Hicks and Tres Barksdale for two more touchdowns to give Solon a 21-0 lead at halftime. Similar to last week, Solon started out strong and took a commanding lead into halftime. Each touchdown electrified the student section and brought in some more noise into the stadium.

When the sun began to set, the air got cooler and I noticed more blankets coming out in the stands. I was grateful that it was not raining like it had the week before. I was dressed in layers and I wasn’t cold at all. When the cooler air came in, it really felt like a fall night and it was beautiful standing out there for a football game.

Barksdale, Berry and Khoury Crenshaw would all find the endzone in the third quarter and by the time the final horn sounded, Solon walked away with a 42-14 victory. There were so many smiles on the field afterwards and it is always great to see that after a game. It makes the start for the weekend and is a great note to end the night.

As I walked through the Orchard Middle School playground to get back to my car, I couldn’t help but think how I had another fun night in that stadium. It has been a long time since I went to school in Solon but I couldn’t help but think how many times I have smiled on the way back to my car after a game. Tonight was another fun evening to remember and I can’t wait for Mentor next week.
I included a video that Jim McQuaide, the son of head coach Jim McQuaide, made for the scoreboard. He did an awesome job on it so make sure to check it out!

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~ by jeffrsabo on September 29, 2012.

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