Our High School Football Preview Tour continues to roll on.
The Rocking M Media sports staff is previewing the 2019 season, venturing to different parts of central Kansas.
The latest stop was in Solomon, home to the Gorillas.
History was made a season ago. In the regular season, Solomon lost to Canton-Galva, 38-20. Following wins over Maranatha Academy, Madison and Argonia-Attica in the 8-Man Division I playoffs, the Gorillas met with the Eagles once more.
This time, Solomon came out on top, winning the rematch 28-12, propelling the Gorillas to their first ever appearance in a state championship. The magical season closed with a 52-6 loss to Central Plains, but 2018 gave lifelong memories to the entire Solomon community.
Getting back to State Championship Saturday won’t be easy as Solomon brings back just four combined starters for new head coach David Strait. The man in charge of the program was an assistant coach the previous two seasons.
Senior Cobey Fiske returns as the most experienced player. Although he’s making the transition to the backfield, Fiske recorded 21 catches for 475 yards and nine touchdowns. Fiske’s defensive strength will be needed the most, following a season of 111 tackles and seven tackles for loss.
Junior defensive back Alex Herbel is back after posting 66 tackles and four interceptions. Coach Strait said Herbel will be taking snaps at quarterback.
Senior lineman Brock Nelson is the other returner for a group of 20 kids out for football.
Listen below as Rocking M Media talks with Coach Strait. He will join Sportsradio 1150 KSAL on “In The Zone” each Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. this season. The segment is presented by Bush’s Market and The Solomon State Bank of Solomon.
2019 schedule for Solomon Gorillas (all kickoff times slated for 7 pm):
Aug. 30 – Preseason jamboree at Lincoln with St. John’s-Tipton and Logan-Palco
Sept. 6 – at Rural Vista
Sept. 13 – Wakefield
Sept. 20 – at Moundridge
Sept. 27 – Goessel*
Oct. 4 – Bennington*
Oct. 11 – at Herington*
Oct. 18 – Canton-Galva*
Oct. 25 – at Peabody-Burns*
Nov. 1 – PLAYOFFS
*8-Man DI District 4 Game
Day 1: Abilene Cowboys
Day 1: Ellsworth Bearcats
Day 2: Southeast of Saline Trojans
Day 3: Minneapolis Lions
Day 4: Smoky Valley Vikings
Day 4: Sacred Heart Knights
Day 5: Ell-Saline Cardinals
Day 6 on Thursday: Salina South Cougars & Bennington Bulldogs
Day 7 on Friday: Salina Central Mustangs