Prep Football

No. 8 Solon cruises past short-handed Marion

Spartans roll to 47-10 win at home

SOLON — Adam Bock is a standout defender for Solon.

His ability has already earned him a chance to continue as a linebacker at South Dakota State next year.

Bock showed he can do damage on offense as well. He scored four touchdowns and helped Class 3A eighth-ranked Solon to a 47-10 victory over Marion Friday night at Spartan Stadium.

“It was anything different that we’ve been doing the past couple of weeks,” Bock said. “It just fell into place this week. Cam (Miller) and I made a couple connections. The defense worked out with the things we were running and we got me the ball in the end zone.”

Solon (3-0) blitzed Marion (1-2) early, scoring touchdowns on its first five possessions. Bock was a part of three of them.

After Dillon Hoit’s interception of Indians reserve quarterback Gage Franck gave the Spartans the ball at the Marion 18, Miller hit Bock for an 7-yard TD strike and a 14-0 lead.

Bock added a 1-yard TD to make it 21-0 with 11:31 in the second quarter.

A little more than two minutes later and after another Solon pick started the drive at the Marion 17, Miller hit Bock again for a 17-yard TD.

“He is so versatile,” Solon Coach Kevin Miller said. “We move him all over to utilize his various abilities. He can run, block and catch.”

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Hunter Kula, who led the Spartans with 105 rushing yards, broke a 40-yard TD for a 34-7 halftime edge. Kula didn’t take a snap in the second half, getting injured on the final play of the first half.

Bock was the main guy in the third, adding a 7-yard TD run and finishing with 95 yards on the ground and 24 receiving.

“I love being on the field,” Bock said. “It just kind of worked out that Hunter got hurt and they called my number.”

Can Miller finished 158 yards passing and three TDs, including an 8-yard score to Coal Flansburg to make it 7-0.

“I was pleased with our offense,” Kevin Miller said. “I thought we did some nice things. We were able to run the football and mix it up with the pass.”

Marion was hampered by the absence of senior quarterback Trevor Paulsen. Marion Coach Tim Lovell said he strained his shoulder last week and the coaches decided to hold him out after a tough week of practice.

Franck threw for 130 yards, including a 30-yard TD to Connor Whalen. Other than that, yards and first downs were hard to tally.

“We got challenged in every area of our program,” Lovell said. “We knew they were good. They were fast and physical and gave us everything we thought they would.

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“Now, our challenge is how we move forward. I’m confident our guys will rebound and rally.”

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