Solon was looking to notch its first victory of the season as the Comets traveled to Medina to face the Bees in their first Greater Cleveland Conference game. On the opening drive, the Comets used a heavy dose of Khalil Eichelberger to drive down the field. Eichelberger would score the games first touchdown on a six yard run to put Solon up 7-0. Medina would answer on their next offensive possession when Nathan Spatny ran the ball into the end zone from seven yards out. The game was tied at seven after one quarter.
At 9:41 in the second quarter, Medina gained the lead, 10-7, when Ryan Miller kicked a 21 yard field goal. The score would stay that way until just before the half when Eichelberger scored his second touchdown of the game. The two point conversion attempt was no good and Solon took a 13-10 lead at the half.
Medina opened the second half with the ball and attempted to go for it on fourth down but could not convert. Solon took over on the Bees 37 yard line. It only took a couple of plays when Eichelberger scored his third touchdown of the game to put the Comets up 20-10 after the extra point with 9:59 left in the third quarter. Later in the quarter, Solon’s Pat McQuaide was back to return a Medina punt. The kicked landed and bounced extremely close to McQuaide. So close that the Bees thought he touched it and recovered the ball. After some discussion, the referees ruled McQuaide did not touch the ball. The call seemed to fire up everyone on the Medina side from the fans to the players.
The score would remain 20-10 into the final quarter. At the 9:26 mark Drew Allar hit Drew Hensley from 15 yards to cut the Comet lead to 20-17
After the score, the Medina defense upped their intensity forcing Solon to punt with 8:19 left in the game. Using short to intermediate passes and a stacked formation running game, Medina was able to drive down the field to the half yard line. A false start penalty took the ball back to the six yard line. On the next play, Allar found Dorian Boyland on a nice play action fake in the end zone for the go ahead touchdown. The Bees led 24-20 with over three minutes left in the game.
Solon, behind Eichelberger and McQuaide, was able to drive down to the Medina 35 yard line. On fourth down, the Bees were able to stop McQuaide short of the first down marker sealing the victory for the Bees.
Dorian Boyland led the Bees with 65 total yards and a score. Drew Allar was 14-25 for 128 yards and two scores. Medina finishes the regular season with a 3-3 record and will host Strongsville in a Division 1 first round playoff matchup.
Khalil Eichelberger led the Comets with 32 carries and a total of 238 scrimmage yards and three touchdowns. Solon drops to 0-3 on the season and will travel play St. Ignatius (1-2) in their first round playoff game.
Below is the highlights from the game.
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SOT continues their Ohio High School Sports coverage! Listen as SOT recaps Week 3’s Game of the Week Solon versus Stow Munroe Falls. We go over the big plays, stats, player performances, scores, and much much more from Week 3!
SOT continues their Ohio High School Sports coverage! Listen as SOT recaps Week 3 in the Greater Cleveland Conference. We go over the big plays, stats, player performances, scores, and much much more from Week 3!
Stow, OH – Our week 3 Game of the week had the Solon Comets traveling to take on the Stow-Munroe Falls Bulldogs in a matchup of two undefeated teams. These two teams were 2016 playoff teams, both looking to finish their non conference schedule strong.
The first quarter saw both offenses struggling to gain any ground or rhythm. Stow’ s first three offensive possession were plagued by penalties and negative plays. Solon RB Thomas Wilks was the focal point of the comet offense, and also the focal point of the Stow defensive unit. The first quarter ended 0-0.
The second quarter began with Solon driving to midfield. However a fumble by Wilks gave Stow the ball with great field position. Stow wasted no time capitalizing, QB Cory Rice hit RB Terrian Wray on a 47 yd pass and on the next play Wray finished the drive with a 1 yd TD run. Stow took a 7-0 lead. Stow would add a 35 yd field goal by Gavin Costello that made the score 10-0 in favor of the home team at halftime.
Solon got the ball to start the third quarter. Eager to make amends for the first half fumble, RB Thomas Wilks took the ball on the first play from scrimmage 86 yds for the touchdown. Stow led 10-7 early in the 3rd quarter. Big plays did not stop for Solon in the 3rd quarter as QB Joe Cartellone hit WR Trevon Raphael for a 73 yd TD pass , and just like that Solon took the lead 14-10 to end the 3rd quarter.
Stow was able to answer with a 2yd touchdown run by Rice early in the fourth quarter, Stow now led 17-14. Solon drove to the Stow 18 yd line on the next drive but the Stow defense held tough and forced a failed 4th down conversion by the Comets . Solon would attempt another 4th down conversion late in the 4th quarter but again the Stow defense held and preserve the victory, Final 17-14.
Solon drops to 2-1 on the season as they begin GCC conference play. QB Joe Cartellone completed 11 passes on 20 attempts for 134 yds and a touchdown. RB Thomas Wilks finished with 13 carries for 122 yrs and 1 TD.
Stow improves to 3-0 as they enter Suburban League National Division conference play. QB Cory Rice finished with 104 yds passing, 27 carries 81 yds rushing and a rushing TD. RB Terrian Wray had 18 carries for 85 yds and a touchdown in the victory.
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SOT continues their Ohio High School Sports coverage! Listen as SOT recaps Week 2’s Game of the Week Berea-Midpark versus Westlake in the SWC. We go over the big plays, stats, player performances, scores, and much much more from Week 2! We also preview our Game of the Week for Week 3 Solon versus Stow Munroe Falls.
SOT continues their Ohio High School Sports coverage! Listen as SOT recaps Week 2 in the Greater Cleveland Conference. We go over the big plays, stats, player performances, scores, and much much more from Week 2!