MOUNT VERNON — Jacob Black has joined the Highway 1 fray.
Let’s just say he made an immediate impact.
A senior transfer, Black made big plays galore through the air and by foot in the first half, and Solon extended its supremacy of archrival Mount Vernon, 31-8, in a non-district football game Friday night at Mustang Field.
“I really feel good about this team,” said Solon Coach Kevin Miller. “We’ve got some playmakers. We asserted ourselves, and we did a good job rushing the football.”
In what figured to be a coinflip game, Solon (1-0) broke it open with three second-quarter touchdowns and defeated the Mustangs for the 11th straight year.
Black, who toiled last season at Monticello before moving south during Christmas break of his junior year, had a role in all three of them.
“I love the atmosphere here, and I love the coaches,” Black said. “That’s not a knock on Monticello — I loved those guys up there too. But tonight, we did to Mount Vernon what they did to us (at Monticello) last year.
“It felt good to come out here and start strong.”
With the Spartans holding a 3-0 lead and facing third-and-16 from their own 15-yard line, Black connected on a hitch pattern with Connor Ham, and the speedster broke a tackle and was off to the races, turning a possession reception into an 85-yard touchdown.
Black followed with touchdown runs of 27 and 37 yards on the next two possessions, and Solon took a 23-0 lead into the locker room.
Numerically, Black looks a little ill-suited for his position (he wears No. 20). But make no mistake, he’s a quarterback through and through.
“He did a great job reading the defense, and we’ve got some playmakers on the edge,” Miller said.
Black finished with 143 rushing yards and 138 through the air. The vast majority of the damage came before intermission.
The Spartans racked up 225 yards of offense in the second quarter and finished with 467.
Mount Vernon (0-1) had high hopes coming in Friday of collecting its first victory over Solon since 2002. The Mustangs came relatively close last year, leading at halftime before falling, 21-11.
This wasn’t as close.
The Mustangs drove to the Solon 17 before turning the ball over on downs. A personal foul on the following drive extended it, then Jackson Rushek capped it with a 28-yard field goal.
Mount Vernon got within two possessions at 23-8 on Jake Pisarik’s 40-yard TD pass to Connor Herrmann, then the Spartans closed the scoring on Brandon Kramer’s 43-yard scoring run with 8:07 to go.
Kramer added 141 yards on the ground.
Solon hosts Class 1A No. 1 Iowa City Regina next week; Mount Vernon is at West Liberty.
Solon 31, Mt. Vernon 8
AT MOUNT VERNON
|TEAM STATISTICS||Solon||Mt. Vernon|
|Rushes-yards||49 - 329||31 - 114|
|Comp-Att-Int||4 - 8 - 0||10 - 22 - 1|
|Fumbles-lost||4 - 1||0 - 0|
|Punts-average||3 - 26.0||5 - 30.6|
|Penalties-yards||7 - 45||1 - 15|
Rushing: Solon – Jacob Black 15-143 , Brandon Kramer 22-141 , Seth Phillips 6-35 , Nathan Kennedy 4-16 Mt. Vernon – Ryan Muller 2-14 , Trey Ryan 11-95 , Mickey Hines 10-18 , Jake Pisarik 4-16
Passing: Solon – Black 4-8-0-138 Mt. Vernon – Pisarik 8-13-0-133 , Tommy Hook 2-9-1-29
Receiving: Solon – Tyler Shaffer 2-25 , Connor Ham 1-85 , Evan Burrows 1-28 Mt. Vernon – Johnny See 4-45 , Noah Dahlstrom 2-32 , Luke Maddock 1-41 , Connor Herrmann 1-40 , Spencer Drahos 1-8
SCORE BY QUARTERS
S - FG Jackson Rushek 28
S - Connor Ham 85 pass from Jacob Black (Rushek kick)
S - Black 27 run (kick failed)
S - Black 37 run (Rushek kick)
MV - Connor Herrman 40 pass from Jake Pisarik (Herrmann pass from Pisarik)
S - Brandon Kramer 43 run (Seth Phillips run)