Pigskin Preview: Springfield High Solons


School: Springfield High Senators

Mascot: Solon 

Head Coach: Roy Wesley Gully, III

Years at School: entering 5th season 

Overall Record: 16-22

Assistant Coaches: Nate Graham & Jon Hebb- Assistant Head Coaches, James Hickman, Jarrett Anderson, Kevin Norris, Joe Mercier, Ben Kramer, Trenton Lovekamp, Tim Simon, Tony Webster

Last Year’s Conference Record: 6-3

Last Year’s Overall Record: 6-4

Postseason: Lost in round 1 to Palos Heights Shepard

2018 Team Scoring Average: 37.6

2018 Team Yards per Game Average:  393

2018 Team Yards per Game Passing: 209

2018 Team Yards per Game Rushing: 184

2018 Team Points Allowed Per Game: 29.3

2018 Team Yards Allowed Per Game: 327

2018 Team Yards Allowed per Game Passing: 165

2018 Team Yards Allowed Per Game Rushing: 162

School State Championships: none

School Conference Championships: ?

Biggest Rival Game Every Year: Southeast

Number of Players out this season: 70 Varsity

Number of returning letterman: 32

Number of returning starters: 14

Offense: 6

Defense: 8

Top Returnees from 2018


Rashad Rochelle         QB      (2078 yds passing, 296 yds rushing, 27 passing TD’s, 5 rush TD’s)

Taryn Wallace            WR      (23 catches, 674 yds, 9 TD’s)

Steven Boucher           WR      (16 catches, 176 yards, 2 TD’s)

Carter Mercier            Guard  (started all 10 games)


Jeffrey Elms                CB       5’10”   170      SO

Nick Wallace              LB       6’3”     215      SR

Taryn Wallace            DB      5’10”   200      SR

LaDarius Moss           DL       6’2”     250      SR

Who are the newcomers we should know about and why?

Richie Snider- tall lanky WR who has moved to WR after playing QB at the lower levels. Gives us a big red zone target that we haven’t had previously.

Shane Miller- basketball starter that sat out his sophomore football season. He has earned Cam Jones spot from last season and has showed flashes of brilliance this summer.

What are the questions marks for this team heading into the 2019 season?


OL Depth

What’s something unique about this team that’s worth noting? 

We have a large senior class of 19 players, yet we have a great mix of sophomores and juniors that fill out our starting lineups which should allow us to remain consistent for the next few seasons. 

Head Coach Roy Gully says:

“Our early games will be a huge indicator for how our season will go. Everyone knows we lost some dynamic players, but we have had guys step up throughout the summer and fill in. It will be interesting to see if the summer success will transfer over into the season for those new players. If it does, we could really have a special group this season and exceed expectations. Regardless, we expect to compete every single week.”