SOLOMON – After rallying for a four-point win last Friday night at Madison to stay alive in the 8-Man Division I state football playoffs, the Solomon Gorillas are busy preparing for another road contest this week at Argonia.
The Gorillas (9-1) take to the road to face Attica/Argonia (7-3), who were 42-36 winners over Udall last Friday. Solomon was held to six first half points by Madison and had to rely on the running of senior quarterback Braden Neilson and tailback Logan Krause to overtake Madison and be able to advance in the playoffs.
Neilson ran for three scores and Krause rushed for a touchdown as the Gorillas defeated Madison/Hamilton 30-26. Neilson has rushed for 19 touchdowns while Krause leads the team with 23 rushing scores.
Junior Cobey Fiske has caught a team high nine touchdown passes from Neilson going into this weekend’s game. Krause has hauled in four TD receptions and Tyler Marfise has three as Neilson has tossed 15 TD passes and Krause has one.
The Gorillas are averaging 7.6 yards per rush as they carried the ball 328 times for 2504 yards. Krause has racked up 1066 yards on the ground on 110 carries while Neilson has 806 yards rushing. Senior running back Jobe Fowles has amassed 575 yards and five touchdowns to support the Gorilla’s prolific offense.
Neilson has completed 47 of 93 passes for 819 yards through the air to go with his 15 touchdown throws. Fiske has been the go to receiver for Solomon scoring nine times on 20 catches. Krause has four touchdowns on 219 yards. Marfise has three touchdowns on five catches totaling 91 yards.
Senior Eli Basvic leads the defense with 98 tackles. Neilson accounts for 85, Fiske 84, Fowles 74 while Shane Garman has 67 and Krause 65. Krause and Fowles led the squad with nine sacks each. Neilson and Marfise have four interceptions to lead the Gorillas.
In Argonia’s win over Udall, senior quarterback Blake Hamden threw for 116 yards and one touchdown. He rushed for 91 yards to lead the team in rushing.
Junior Mason Miller had 60 yards rushing and two touchdowns while senior Masen McDaniel scored two times. Miller caught three passes for 32 yards and a score.
Argonia has had wins over Hutch Central Christian, Central of Burden, Pratt Skyline, Oxford, Medicine Lodge, Sedan and Udall. Udall defeated the Raiders earlier in the season as did Caldwell and South Central.
Solomon did not face a common opponent of the Raiders this season. The Gorillas’ wins were over Rural Vista, Wakefield, Moundridge, Goessel, Bennington, Herington, Peabody-Burns, Maranatha Christian Academy and Madison.
The lone loss was to Canton Galva on October 12 at Canton where the Gorillas fell 20-38. Canton-Galva (9-1) squares off against Coldwater (9-1) this week and then the winners of the two games will meet in the sub-state round.
With a win, the Gorillas could get their revenge against Canton-Galva the next week, but first they must defeat the Raiders on their home turf.