SOLON — Now that was Spartan Football. At least that’s what Solon Coach Kevin Miller told his team Friday night.
The definition must be physically dominating an opponent with a suffocating defense and a battering ram of a running game.
The top-ranked Spartans handled Center Point-Urbana, 35-0, in a battle of Class 2A District 5 leaders at Spartan Stadium to win their 33rd straight game.
“Spartan football is when we come together as a team and play as one,” senior running back Andy Ashton said. “We just go out there and pound the crap out of the guy. We hit them hard. We play hard and physical.”
Solon (6-0, 4-0) controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. The Spartans pounded the line consistently, running the ball on 48 of 57 plays. The defense stifled CPU’s run offense that ranked second in the district, allowing just 35 yards on the ground.
CPU (4-2, 3-1) managed just 59 total yards of offense and just three first downs. None after halftime.
Morris led the way with 113 yards on 19 carries. Ashton added 102 yards as the Spartans racked up 327 yards total.
“We just stuck with the game plan,” Miller said. “We couldn’t throw as well as we wanted to, maybe due to the conditions, but I was still pleased with how we executed both on the offensive and defensive side.”
Ashton was a big contributor against the Stormin Pointer defense that was focused on all-state running back Morris. Ashton ran for two TDs.
“Andy is an outstanding running back,” Miller said. ”He’s a showcase running back. His touches are going to be limited because we have so many other weapons that we can use.”
Ashton put the Spartans on the board with a 7-yard score around right end, following a CPU turnover deep in its territory on the first play from scrimmage.
Ashton’s biggest play came right before the half, scampering 40 yards shedding a tackle deep in the backfield and making two nice cuts. It led to a Morris 9-yard TD run and a 22-0 halftime lead.
Ashton added a 17-yard run with 6:06 left in the third to cap the scoring and start a continuous clock. He said it was one of his best performances.
“It was pretty easy to run behind a great O-line,” Ashton said. “They opened up some awesome holes.”
Wes Sleeper added 77 yards on the ground with a 2-yard TD run, going just 1-of-7 passing, but the one completion was a 26-yard TD to Derrick Loveless on the first drive of the third quarter.