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It was Solon Week for the young Twinsburg football squad and a visit to Stewart Field resulted in a more seasoned Comet club snagging a resounding 42-7 win Sept. 2.
After sporting a huge comeback in the second half against a playoff squad like Copley in a week one loss, a new-look Twinsburg team had some momentum going into the big rivalry game.
Early and often Solon challenged that confidence and vaulted to a 36-0 lead with 3:17 left in the first half as Devon Brown scored untouched on an 8-yard run.
With the running-clock loss, Twinsburg fell to 0-2 while Solon is 2-0.
"They (the Comets) are a very good football team with experience, but I expected a lot more from our guys," emphasized Tiger coach Mike Bell. "We are young."
"I don't think we helped ourselves with some turnovers and mistakes, which are magnified so much against a team like Solon," he added.
Solon's physical play and experience prevailed, but Bell would like better execution and ball security from his team.
On the game's second play, senior Tiger quarterback Jalen Tucker had a poor exchange on a snap as do-it-all Solon linebacker Matt Brown recovered the fumble at the Tiger 10-yard line.
Two plays later, back Thomas Wilks scored on a 6-yard touchdown run untouched. It was 8-0 when Solon quarterback Joe Bubonics ran in the 2-point run untouched.
Making only his second start at quarterback after two-year starting as a cornerback on defense, Bubonics tossed his fifth TD pass of the season on a 26-yard strike to Jake McCurry. It was 15-0.
Solon converted two fourth down plays and scored on an 18-yard burst up a huge hole in the middle by Wilks. Solon led 22-0 at the 10:12 mark of the second quarter.
After a second straight 3-and-out by Twinsburg's offense, a pair of first down passes set up another TD run by Wilks -- a 26-yard jaunt. That made it 29-0 with 8:02 left in the first half.
Twinsburg then drove into Solon territory, but suffered an 11-yard punt to set up Brown's TD run. Penalties, sacks and runs for negative yards hurt the Tigers in the first half.
The Tigers finally scored with 5:52 left in the game as backup quarterback Adam Van de Motter found junior Christian Edgerson in the right corner of the end zone. The 4-yard TD pass and senior Casey McCarthy's kick made it 36-6.
"We're young and we took some lumps (at Solon), but we need to grow and move forward from here," said Bell, whose club hosts yet another 2015 state playoff team in Aurora (1-1) on Sept. 9.
One of the bright spots for the Tigers was the play of Van de Motter, a sophomore letterman who also plays in the secondary on defense.
Van de Motter sparked the Tiger offense in the fourth period and showed poise. Although he was playing against Solon's bench in the blow out, Van de Motter had five first downs and one TD, both rushing and passing the ball.
Through the air, Van De Motter (5-11, 165) was 3-of-4 for 42 yards, two first downs and one TD. On the ground, he had six rushes, 69 yards, and three first downs unofficially.
"Adam is going to be a heck of a player and we believe in him," said Bell. "At some point, we will be finding him playing some with the ones (first string)."
A young Tiger offensive line continues to learn and improve.
The Tigers in the trenches are senior C.J. Roscoe (6-5, 235), junior Brock Sako, senior Jaylan Glover, sophomore Nick Baker, and sophomore Brandon Kresak. Sophomore Max Brazie (6-2, 225) is the new tight end prospect and a solid blocker.
Kresak (6-2, 250) went down with an injury at Solon and it was too early for Bell to know the status.
Defensive lineman Tim Edwards is the only other senior lineman on both sides of the ball with any experience coming into this season.
Senior linebacker Josh Flask has also been active on the Tiger defense along with returning junior backer James Grammens.
Junior lineman Sam Gwatkin had a sack as did sophomore linemen Trevor Solis and Rashad Jonesland.