The Senator faithful went to bed with a smile on Friday night.
The Solon football team defeated the Southeast Spartans in a wet and chilly matchup on the gridiron. Tempers were flaring through the week, with barks going back and forth between the two teams. The officials and coaches did a fine job with restraining altercations from escalating into violence.
With both teams starting off shaky, due to turnovers and poor special teams, the Senators overcame the wet conditions, leaving Southeast in the mud.
Rahkeem Hawkins set the defensive tone early with a J.J. Watt-esque tipped pick-6 in the first half. The Senators were able to rally the troops together, though, after Lucas Rockford gave up a pick-6 of his own. The Senators stayed calm, and turned the page.
That made the difference in the entire match.
Running backs Wendel Burns and Caleb Smalls both bowled their way through the porous Spartan defense. The Senators scored 14 points in a span of 10 seconds, with a picture perfect pooch kick by senior kicker Matt Severino that was recovered by the Springfield special teams. In the process, Southeast burned through 3 total quarterbacks, including starting QB Gavin Webb.
With that win, Springfield sits at 3-1, with a homecoming matchup against Glenwood on Friday, Sept. 23, and another home matchup vs. Lanphier on Friday, Sept. 30.
The Senators face two must-wins in the coming weeks. If the Senators have at least 5 wins by the end of the 9-game regular season, they will find themselves in the playoff conversation.
Wins against Decatur Eisenhower, SHG and Rochester will be even bigger exclamation points on this already memorable season.