The Solanco football team was prepared for precisely this type of situation.
After tying the game with 5:30 remaining in regulation, Mules' coach Tony Cox decided it was the ideal time to try it.
The Mules (4-2) went with an onside kick. Elizabethtown could not cleanly handle the ball and Zach Turpen pounced on it at the Bears' 42. Despite a holding call on the first play following the kick, the Mules marched for the game-winning touchdown, capped by a three-yard run by fullback Nick Yannutz.
Daniel Bird sacked Elizabethtown quarterback Pat Gilhool on the game's final play to secure Solanco's 28-21 triumph Friday night, September 27.
It was a big week for Graci Unger and the Solanco girls soccer team.
Unger scored seven goals as the Mules won four games to improve to 10-4 on the season.
The Solanco volleyball team dropped three matches last week.
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The visiting Barons prevailed 25-18, 25-14, 25-16 Thursday, September 26.
Cheyanne Cutler had a team-high three kills and Nathaly Molinarez added two. Jada Dow notched four blocks and four aces. Madi Davis posted nine assists and Maggie Perry provided five kills.
Solanco's field hockey team ended the week on a two-game winning streak with consecutive overtime victories.
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Kayla McCauley scored a goal and assisted on Emma Curtis' overtime game-winner Saturday morning, September 28.
Kimmy Beacham made nine saves for the Mules.
Brooke Smith had an assist on McCauley's first half goal which gave the visitors a 1-0 lead.
The Solanco girls soccer team bounced back from a disappointing defeat by pulling out a victory in the final five minutes.
Alana Yoder scored in the 75th minute to lift the Mules to a 2-1 triumph over host Kennett Saturday morning.
Captain Seth Harnish says the Solanco football team's mantra is "Do Your Job".
The way his team is performing, a multitude of Mules are in the running for Employee of the Month.
Quarterback Brody Mellinger rushed for three touchdowns including the go-ahead score on the opening play of the fourth quarter as Solanco's Junior High football team opened the season with a 26-22 triumph over visiting Garden Spot Wednesday, September 11.
Solanco coach Meghan Cross saw some positive signs in her team's 25-19, 25-12, 25-17 loss to visiting Lancaster Catholic Monday night, September 9.
"We scored a lot more points as a whole," Cross said. "We made some improvements on our coverage and we had a lot of play at the net which are two things we really focused on at the end of last week after our matches."
Nathaly Molinarez led the Mules with five kills and Jada Dow added three. Emma Canale contributed five blocks and Anya Fisher chipped in two. Molinarez led Solanco with nine digs and Madi Davis and Alondra Quinonez each added five. Davis dished out seven assists.
"We're still working on the passing," said Cross. "A lot of it is positioning and confidence. We've got to keep confidence in ourselves. Volleyball is a mental game."
Solanco boys soccer loses to Octorara
Solanco's boys soccer team lost to visiting Octorara 6-1 Tuesday, September 10.
After Octorara went ahead 3-0, Nic Cozzone scored the Mules' lone goal with 7:48 left in the first half.
Cozzone's long shot hit the left goal post then caromed off the Braves' goalie and into the net.
The Solanco cross country team performed well in a home meet Tuesday, September 3, coach Craig Ausel said.
The boys squad lost to Cedar Crest 15-53 and to Manheim Township 17-45. The girls fell to Cedar Crest 15-49 and to Township 16-51.
"Coming off a fast and hard race [the previous] Saturday at Lock Haven our squads responded very well to our difficult course," Ausel said. "Our team goal is be competitive and improve with every race and we did that. Manheim Township and Cedar Crest are by far the two strongest teams in our league."