SOLOMON — Coming off a 5-4 season in 2017 and missing a post-season game was a rarity for Solomon head coach Steve Tiernan.
Tiernan is entering his fourth season with the Gorillas and has an overall record of 150-32 with state championship stops at Osborne and Baileyville. His 2017 team went 3-1 in the Wheat State League.
Last season was an injury-plagued year for Solomon. After opening with three straight blowout wins, injuries, illness and accidents raided the Gorilla football roster. It was a first for Tiernan since 2012 where his team did not play in the post season.
Senior quarterback Braden Neilson (6-3, 200) returns for his third season calling plays for Solomon. Neilson passed for 19 touchdowns and 1,047 yards in 2017. He also ran the ball for 15 scores and over 700 yards on the ground.
Junior Cobey Fiske (5-11, 190) returns after team high 17 receptions in 2017. He scored four times and accounted for 358 yards through the air.
Tiernan also expects seniors Jobe Fowles (6-0, 215), Eli Basvic (6-0, 180) and Shane Garmin (5-9, 215) to provide blocking for junior running back Logan Krause (5-11, 180).
Graduation took three of the top four tacklers off the Solomon squad so Tiernan and staff will look for Fowles, Garmin, Basvic and Fiske to step up on defense this year.
The Gorillas open the season by hosting Rural Vista this Friday.
Solomon Gorilla Football
Aug. 31 vs. Rural Vista
Sep. 7 at Wakefield
Sep. 14 vs. Moundridge
Sep. 21 at Goessel
Sep. 28 at Bennington
Oct. 5 vs. Herington
Oct. 12 at Canton-Galva
Oct. 19 vs. Peabody
Oct. 25 TBD