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Panthers look for more than a scare vs. No. 4 Solon

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Chase Williamson, seen here running the ball against Fairifeld in Mt. Pleasant's last home game, comes into Friday night after a 139-yard, one touchdown performance in Keokuk.
Union file photo Chase Williamson, seen here running the ball against Fairifeld in Mt. Pleasant's last home game, comes into Friday night after a 139-yard, one touchdown performance in Keokuk.

MT. PLEASANT — The 2018 Solon football team came into their Week 7 matchup against Mt. Pleasant on an all-time high, riding a 6-0 record and coming off a big district win over Washington. But the Panthers gave the Spartans quite the spook in their first October game.

The 2019 Spartan season has mirrored last year’s campaign, so will Mt. Pleasant be able to put an even bigger scare in their district foes?

If they can, Mt. Pleasant will be squarely in the driver’s seat for a playoff berth. The Panthers come into Friday night’s game with a 5-1 overall record and 2-0 in district play. No. 4 Solon (6-0, 2-0) is the only other unbeaten team in league play. That means only one team will remain at the top come Saturday morning.

That is, of course, if the game is played Friday night. The weather will likely be cold and wet on Friday, but the skies won’t quite bring the storms of 2018, which postponed the MP-Solon game till the next day. One thing the rain could do, however, is slow down two of the best passing attacks in Class 3A.

Panther quarterback Brody Bender has thrown for 16 touchdowns this year and just one interception. Solon slinger Cam MIller, a North Dakota State commit, has found the end zone 15 times with his arm and been picked off only twice. That puts Bender at second in 3A passing touchdowns and Solon right behind him with 15.

Evan after a down game last week at Keokuk, Mt. Pleasant’s Rylan Seberg has 588 receiving yard and eight touchdowns, putting him fourth in the class in yards and third in touchdowns. Solon’s A.J. Coons, a South Dakota State commit, is close behind Seberg in both categories, with 526 yards and six scores.

With Keokuk’s secondary keying in on Seberg, Chase Williamson had a huge game last week. He caught just three passes but took them for 139 yards and a score. He is now over 342 yards this season.

Seberg and Williamson have absolutely torched defenses deep this year. Seberg is averaging 23.5 yards per catch and Williamson is averaging 22.8.

Jack Johnson, who had a scare with a lower body injury in the homecoming game against Fairfield, went for 157 all-purpose yards and three total touchdowns last weke. He has risen to 552 yards and seven touchdowns this year, and Logan Bass is up to 490 yards and six scores.

The Panther running game got a boost last week from the return of highly-touted offensive lineman Henry Lutovsky, who had missed the two prevoius games. Mt. Pleasant may be getting healthy at the right time with its biggest two games coming up in the last three weeks.

The two offense will have to deal with defenses who have shut opponents down all season. Washington’s 20 points against Solon last week was the most the Spartans have given up all year. In Mt. Pleasant’s last four games, the Panthers have given up an average of 9.25 points per game.

The action all starts at 7:30 p.m., on Friday, Oct. 11.