SOLON — Quarterback Rory Siddell saved Solon’s homecoming, and gave Spartans Coach Kevin Miller a big comeback victory over his younger brother.
The Spartans overcome a tumultuous start and five turnovers behind Siddell’s strong arm in an 18-14 win over Central DeWitt last night at Spartan Stadium.
With 2:29 remaining and Solon trailing 14-12, the Spartans forced DeWitt to punt and started on their own 47-yard line. Siddell needed only one play to take the lead. Nathan Hawkins caught a short pass and made one move down the sideline and into the end zone.
“I saw the corner bail on the wheel route and he was wide open on the curl,” Siddell said. “Nathan made a great play.”
Solon trailed 14-12 in the fourth quarter after a blocked PAT and missed two-point conversion offset the score.
The Spartans (4-1, 2-0 3A District 6) dug themselves a huge hole, but got on the scoreboard with a 1-yard touchdown run by Tim Lance midway through the third quarter.
DeWitt couldn’t have started the first quarter any better, scoring two touchdowns on 12 plays after working on short fields.
The Sabers popped up the opening kickoff — without any clear intention of a true onside kick — and recovered it on Solon’s 31-yard line.Six plays later, DeWitt fumbled the ball into the end zone, but lineman Drew Volrath quickly jumped on it for a touchdown.
After the Spartans fumbled on their first possession, DeWitt had great field position at the 31-yard line again. Another six plays later and quarterback Mitchell Green busted through the line for a 1-yard score.
Fittingly, it was Solon’s homecoming for the Miller reunion. Mike Miller, who was hired at DeWitt after building up Lone Tree’s program, is from Solon and previously served as an assistant for the Spartans under his older brother.
DeWitt (2-3, 2-1) had a chance late, but fumbled the ball at midfield with just over a minute remaining.
“We couldn’t really get things going and we had a turnover,” Mike Miller said.