Solon ready to start new playoff streak

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Solon Football

The Comets saw their string of playoff beths snapped at nine straight
after finishing ninth in the region last year. But coach Jim McQuaide,
back for his seventh season as the Solon head coach (50-18 mark),
welcomes back seven starters on each side of the ball.


Solon (6-4)

* Players to Watch – WR/DB Juan Lemus (5-9, 180, Sr.), QB/DB Jake Voigt (6-0, 185, Sr.), DB Cameron Stuart (5-11, 170, Sr.), DB/QB/WR Chris Humphrey (6-0, 165, Jr.), WR Brian Meyerson (5-11, 170, Sr.), RB Kyle Hammonds (5-10, 175, Jr.), LB Tony Davidson (5-9, 205, Sr.), OG Nick Mastrantoni (5-11, 180, Sr.), OT Brandon Nelli (6-4, 240, Sr.), OG/DT Nate Hoff (6-2, 280, So.), OG/DL Donald Williams (6-2, 230, Sr.), TE/DE Darryl Baldwin (6-7, 265, Sr.), DB Kevin Berlocker (5-7, 150, Sr.), DE Kevin Hicks (5-11, 160), DE/FB Joshua Cobble (6-1, 208, Sr.), TE/DE Ryan Rosenberg (6-1, 210, Sr.).

* Outlook –
The Comets saw their string of playoff beths snapped at nine straight after finishing ninth in the region last year. But coach Jim McQuaide, back for his seventh season as the Solon head coach (50-18 mark), welcomes back seven starters on each side of the ball.

“We have some guys with experience,” McQuaide said. “On our defense, we have experience on all three levels. That is advantageous for us. We think we have some guys coming back who can help us.”

The key name is Baldwin, who is considered the state’s No. 6 senior prospect. As a junior, he had 37 tackles and 19 tackles-for-loss. Baldwin had offers from Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Penn State before committing to OSU over the summer.

“He has tremendous skill for a guy his size,” McQuaide said. “He runs very well. He plays defensive end and tight end for us. He is a big man, but he has the skill to match that size.”

Besides Baldwin, two more key contributors on defense are Davidson at linebacker (101 tackles, one interception) and Hicks (36 tackles, five interceptions) in the secondary.

Voigt returns as the starter at quarterback. He threw for 1,473 yards and nine touchdowns last year. Meyerson caught 30 passes for 442 yards and two scores. Hammonds had 816 yards rushing and 12 TDs last year.

Solon opens at Garfield Heights, but has four of its tougher games – Mentor, Mayfield, Brunswick and Strongsville – at home. Winning the Northeast Ohio Conference title is also a key goal.

“The Mentor game is a big game for us,” McQuaide said. “They beat us last year. The two years prior to that we played them two times. They have had our number.”

Schedule

Aug. 29, at Shaker Heights, 2 p.m.
Sept. 4, at Massillon Jackson
Sept. 11, Mentor
Sept. 17, Parma, 7 p.m.
Sept. 25, at Hudson
Oct. 2, Mayfield
Oct. 9, Brunswick
Oct. 16, at Macedonia Nordonia
Oct. 23, at Medina
Oct. 30, Strongsville

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