Swanton scored three second quarter touchdowns to break open a tight game, thwarting an Evergreen comeback attempt for a 43-22 NWOAL victory over Evergreen Friday night.
The win put Swanton at 3-2 on the season and 1-1 in the NWOAL while the Vikings fell to 2-3 and 0-2 in league play.
Dylan Gilsdorf’s quarterback sneak three minutes into the game put Swanton up 7-0, then when the Vikings pushed into Swanton territory the next two possessions, the Bulldogs’ defense held up in keeping Evergreen out of the end zone.
Then in the second quarter, Michael Lawniczak had scoring runs of 43 and 15, and Zack Leahey punched one in from the three around Jack Etue’s 59-yard run to boost the Bulldogs on top 29-8 at the half.
Hunter Van Wert capped a long 80 yard Evergreen drive with an 11-yard touchdown run late in the third to get the Vikings within two scores, but again the Bulldog defense stiffened after Evergreen grabbed possession with a chance to make it a one-score game.
Lawniczak and Van Wert traded fourth quarter scores to keep the Bulldog lead at 14, then Leahey knocked one in from the four late in the game to cap the victory.
Lawniczak led the Bulldogs with 166 yards on 17 carries with three touchdowns. He also led the team with 36 yards passing.
Leahey added 105 rushing yards on 16 carries with two touchdowns, while Gage Pachlhofer had 53 yards on 6 carries.
On defense, Xavier Williams led the Bulldogs with 8 tackles, three tackles for loss and a big second half sack. Crew Oberheim and Derek Floyd also had sacks while Noah Saunders had an interception.
Etue was 13 of 23 through the air for 112 yards for Evergreen with one interception. He also had 63 yards rushing, while Van Wert added 62.
Overall, Swanton outgained Evergreen 421-245 on the night. The Bulldogs had 361 yards on the ground with 60 passing. The Vikings ran for 133 yards and passed for 112.
Swanton now plays at Patrick Henry this week, while Evergreen goes on the road to Delta.
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