Solon Improves to 3-0 with Win over Willoughby South

It felt like football weather as I walked into Stewart Field. It was a crisp 60 degrees as I walked through the gates to get ready to call the Solon vs Willoughby South football game. It was considered to be early September but the weather made it feel like October. Either way, it was football weather for the Friday Night Lights.

The Solon students were dressed in pink for cancer awareness and a little more fired up than usual. The Solon stands were packed and the energy before kickoff seemed to be more elevated than usual.

Willoughby South was 0-2 coming into this game but I wasn’t going to be fooled by the record. South had defeated the Comets last season and had shown how well they are coached in previous meetings. Solon was 2-0 and the game still had to be won on the gridiron.

The Comets struck first with a 33 yard touchdown pass to Zack Lesko from Johnny Mooney. The Comets would go up 7-0 but it would not be that way for long.

Willoughby South managed to start moving the ball with running back DJ Greene. Green would eventually score on a three-yard scamper and the extra point would tie the game at 7. My broadcast partner, Chuck Chokenea, and I both figured it was going to be a close one at that point.

Solon would eventually add two more touchdowns to the scoreboard with a Tim Harmody touchdown reception and a Melvin Jackson run.

Up 21-7, the Comets defense got a surprise when South wide receiver Andre Smith lined up at quarterback and scored on a 46 run to the endzone. Comets receiver Jake McCurry would block the extra point attempt and the score at halftime was 21-13 Solon.

The third quarter proved to be the most action packed period in the entire game. Solon scored 15 seconds into the 3rd quarter when Melvin Jackson went on a 62-yard run from scrimmage into the endzone. A Tyree Seals safety and a Gil Barksdale 77 yard touchdown run would put the Comets up 37-13.

Chuck and I wondered if the 30-point rule would be put into effect. This new rule mandates a continuous clock once a team goes up by 30 points. Both of us would be proven wrong on the need for the new rule very quickly.

Willoughby South scored two more times to cut the deficit down to ten. With the score 37-27 Solon, Mooney would find Ryan Gallagher in the endzone to put the Comets up 44-27.

In the fourth quarter, a fumble recovery in the endzone by Anthony Zavarella would seal the 51-27 win for the Comets.

Willoughby South is a good football team. The scoreboard did not reflect the team they can be. Willoughby South had a lot of creative play calling and can utilize their weapons very well. Greene at running back makes them a threat and no team from here on out should be focused on their record when preparing for a game against them.

I couldn’t help but smile as I walked out of Stewart Field. I had a chance to call another game and can’t wait to be back in the booth in two weeks.

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~ by jeffrsabo on September 14, 2014.

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