Solanco

Mules quarterback Noah McCardell (10) helped his team make the District 3 Class AAA playoffs in 2014 with a 6-4 record. (Justin Bandy -- For GameTimePA.com)



Golden Mules


Coach: Anthony Cox (6-5) // L-L League Section Two // District 3 // Class AAA

Summary

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The Mules were the feel-good story of 2014. With low expectations, first-year coach Anthony Cox turned the culture of Solanco football around overnight en route to a 6-5 overall record and a District 3 Class AAA playoff appearance.

“When the season was over last year, we had a week off and then got right back into the weight room,” Cox said. “I wasn’t satisfied with what we had last year. It was my goal last year to make the kids tough both physically and mentally and that’s my goal again this year.” 

The good news for Solanco is that there is a good amount of talent coming back.

Both quarterback Noah McCardell and leading rusher Robbie Hassel will be back for the Mules in 2015. In Solanco's run-heavy offense, McCardell rushed for 817 yards and five touchdowns while Hassel rushed for 880 and five touchdowns.

“Last year was mostly installing everything and now that we have a year under our belts, I feel a lot more comfortable,” McCardell said.

The Mules weren't strangers to close games either with six games being decided by a touchdown or less.  Solanco sported a 4-2 record in those games.

Now with a playoff season under their belt, the Mules will try to continue to carve out their name in an ultra-competitive Section Two.

“I would like to go further than we did last year. I want to see us go as far as we possibly can in the playoffs and go out with a bang,” senior linebacker Kyle Williams said.

 

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Schedule/Results

2015 schedule

Date/Result // Opponent // Time/Score

W // Oxford Area // 50-6

W // @ Conestoga Valley // 54-21

W // West Chester Henderson // 28-7

W // Lampeter-Strasburg // 42-14

W // Lancaster Catholic // 48-6

W // @ Lebanon // 42-12

W // @ Garden Spot // 31-14

W // Elizabethtown // 34-3

W // @ Cocalico // 35-14

L // Manheim Central // 18-21

District 3 Class AAA

  • First Round // W // Shippensburg //43-0
  • Quartefinals // W // Lampeter-Strasburg // 54-20
  • Semifinals // L // Bishop McDevitt // 35-7

2014 results

Result // Opponent // Score

W // Oxford // 21-15

W // Conestoga Valley // 26-7

L // Henderson // 0-35

L // Lampeter-Strasburg // 42-45

L // Lancaster Catholic // 15-19

W // Lebanon // 23-20

W // Garden Spot // 30-23

W // Elizabethtown // 42-14

W // Cocalico // 14-7

L // Manheim Central // 3-34

District 3 Class AAA

  • First Round // L // Red Land // 14-40
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