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SOLON — Same song, 14th verse.
Blayze Griffis and Trevor Nelson hooked up for a pair of touchdowns as Solon built a 20-point lead, then the Spartans held on to trip Class 2A top-ranked Mount Vernon, 26-21, in a non-district football game in front of 2,180 Friday night at Spartan Stadium.
“The only people that believed in us were on our sideline,” Griffis said. “We kept the train moving.”
Solon defeated its Highway 1 rival for the 14th consecutive time. But this one wasn’t secure until the final seconds.
“I’m pleased with the way the kids fought,” Spartans Coach Kevin Miller said. “They dug down and found a way.”
Down 20-0 and 26-6, Mount Vernon got within 26-21 on Drew Adams’ 17-yard touchdown pass to Cale Snedden with 8:20 left. The Mustangs started their next drive at their own 20 with 3:39 left, but the Spartans stopped Adams inches short of the first down at the 41 with 2:12 to go.
Solon jumped to a 20-0 lead by the midpoint of the second quarter. Graeson Dall ran for a 5-yard TD run, then Griffis found Nelson for scoring passes of 10 and 40 yards.
“Blayze made good decisions. We feel comfortable letting him make those calls,” Miller said.
Adams connected with Snedden for a 63-yard bomb shortly before halftime to get the Mustangs on the board.
Bo Black ran the second-half kickoff 84 yards for a touchdown for a 26-6 Solon advantage, then Jack Cochrane’s 1-yard TD run capped Mount Vernon’s next drive, and a two-point conversion got the Mustangs within 26-14.
The Mustangs owned a 386-306 advantage in yardage, but that was negated by two turnovers (Solon had none) and the kickoff return. Griffis completed 14 of 23 passes for 170 yards.
Solon faces another No. 1 next week — Class 1A Iowa City Regina, on the road. Mount Vernon is at West Delaware.
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