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Solanco brings the Milk Jug Trophy back to Quarryville in a thriller over Lampeter-Strasburg

Tagged under: District 3, Gameday Hub, News

| August 27, 2022


Coach Tony Cox and the Mules hold the Milk Jug Trophy

For the first time since 2018 the Solanco Golden Mules took down the LS Pioneers 40-35 in a game that came down to the final play. After an Elijah Cunningham touchdown put the Mules up with 21 seconds to go, Trenton Wagner marched the Pioneers down to the 17, but his last second pass fell incomplete, giving Solanco the win. “Our kids just kept battling away, that’s what these Seniors are” Coach Cox said, “They are hard family kids, we are a community program, they came out and supported us and it was great football game”.

Things did not start out well for Coach Cox’s squad as they saw themselves behind early 21-7 after 1 quarter of play. New starting quarterback Trenton Wagner (3 total touchdowns) hit Dean Herr for a 35-yard score and Carson Coleman (2 rushing touchdowns) bulldozed his way from the 5, giving the home team an early advantage.
Solanco would not go away though as Josiah Forren took his second score of the night 6 from yards out.  After a fumbled kickoff, Senior Quarterback Brody Mellinger took in a 2-yard keeper tying it 21-21.  Right before halftime Junior LS Tailback Carson Coleman plowed his way to paydirt giving the Pioneers at 28-21 halftime advantage.

To kick things off to start the third Josiah Forren would pick up his own fumble on the opening kickoff and dash through the middle 92 yards for a kickoff return touchdown (28-28). At this point it seemed that whoever had the ball last was going to snatch the victory. On the very next possession Trenton Wagner threw a dime to Damoj Gray for a 50-yard score to make it 35-28 LS with 9:23 left in the third.

Both defenses finally started to settle in as the score remained that way after three quarters of play. Solanco would open the 4th with a 20 play 74-yard drive capped off with a Cole Harris 1 yard touchdown. The Mules went for two on the PAT and were stopped short with 10:29 left keeping them behind 35-34.

Behind new tailback Carson Coleman LS looked like they were on their way to putting this contest on ice. Coleman took the Pioneers down to the 2 but when Wagner couldn’t handle a bobbled shotgun snap Solanco was in business. Recovering the Wagner fumble at the 14, the Mules methodically marched down the field this time with both the triple option and a couple of passes sprinkled in. Mellinger and company got all the way to 8-yard line when fellow Senior Elijah Cunningham took a jet sweep in for the go ahead score.

The defending section champs had only 21 seconds left but with two pass plays they made it all the way to the Mules 17-yard line. Wagner’s final pass of the evening, with just 2 ticks left on the clock, fell incomplete and Solanco had pulled off the victory.  Winning quarterback Brady Mellinger (2 rushing touchdowns) could not have been more proud of his crew “it means everything, we have such a close bond, a brotherhood we have been playing together since we were in the third grade”.

Next week does not get any easier for Lampeter-Strasburg as they welcome Penn Manor (1-0) in the annual backyard brawl. Solanco will return home facing another tough Section 4 team in Cocalico (1-0).

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