By Cameron Fields | Special to cleveland.com
STOW, Ohio — Stow had another good offensive showing Friday night, and for the second straight week it came against a ranked opponent.
The Bulldogs, ranked No. 18 in the cleveland.com Top 25, won, 50-19, at home against No. 6 Solon. With the win, the Bulldogs handed the Comets their worst loss since 2014, when Solon lost 34-0 to Brunswick, according to joeeitel.com. Stow’s win also extended its win streak to seven games.
Near the end of the third quarter, the game was suspended for 30 minutes due to a potential thunderstorm. The game resumed, but near its end it was called because of weather.
For Stow, beating a top 10 team in Solon means something. Solon came in as an offensive power, scoring 46 points in each of its first two games. The Bulldogs held Solon to a season-low for points.
“It feels great,” sophomore quarterback Owen Bainbridge said of the win. “Just any win feels great, and against them, they’re a tough opponent. Just feels great to beat them.”
The Bulldogs came in wanting to stop Solon’s run game, and they succeeded, holding the Comets to 153 rushing yards. Solon’s two touchdowns came through the air.
“I think we did well on stopping it, did some little things up front,” coach Tom Phillips said.
Though the Bulldogs played strong defense, it was the team’s offense that shined.
Stow’s previous high point total came in last week’s 34-21 victory over Barberton, but this week the Bulldogs nearly eclipsed 34 points at the half, as they led, 29-13. On the Comets’ opening drive in the third quarter, junior quarterback Pat McQuaide threw a touchdown pass to senior Kevin Perry.
The Comets didn’t convert on the 2-pt conversion, and Stow scored 21 unanswered points after the touchdown.
Bainbridge had a good game, rushing for a touchdown and throwing one. During the third quarter, Bainbridge found junior Dalen Stovall open over the middle. Stovall raced to the end zone with the Comets’ defense chasing after him.
“The whole game our coaches were telling us the slants would be open,” Bainbridge said. “I just gave it a chance and tried to make some happen, and Dalen caught it and went all the way.”
Stow finished the game with 455 total yards, with 352 coming through the air and 103 on the ground.
Solon scored one touchdown in the first half, a touchdown pass from McQuaide to senior Greg Parries. The Comets finished with 367 total yards, 214 through the air.
The Bulldogs scored five rushing touchdowns. Junior running back Seth Shinsky had two, and Mykal Azar and senior Chad Woliver scored one apiece.
Bainbridge scored one off a quarterback sneak before the weather delay near the end of the third quarter. Earlier in the game, Stow fumbled the ball near the goal line, but senior offensive lineman Lawrence Ward recovered the ball in the end zone to score.
Though the Bulldogs have started their season well, they know they still have room to improve.
“We can improve on everything, honestly. We just want to get better, become the best team that we can,” Bainbridge said.
Stow (3-0) will play Brecksville on the road Sept. 20, and Solon (2-1) will play Brunswick at home the same day.