Liberty Center runs past Swanton


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Trent Weigel of Swanton tries to get around a Tiger defender.

Trent Weigel of Swanton tries to get around a Tiger defender.


Ian Saunders of Swanton knocks the ball away from Max Phillips of Liberty Center.


Patty Stambaugh | Swanton Enterprise

Swanton quarterback Andrew Thornton tries to break away from a Liberty Center defender.


Patty Stambaugh | Swanton Enterprise

Swanton’s Justyn Bartlett races through a big hole on his way to a 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown on Friday.


Patty Stambaugh | Swanton Enterprise

Swanton had its highest point total of the season Friday but league-leading Liberty Center was too much for the Bulldogs as they walked away from Hansbarger Stadium with a 54-31 NWOAL football victory.

Devon Crouse led the way for Swanton offensively, rushing the ball six times for 134 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Andrew Thornton returned from injury, completing 7 of 22 passes for 74 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Liberty Center, the No. 2 team in Ohio in Division VI, raced out to a quick 20-0 lead in the first quarter.

Justyn Bartlett got the Bulldogs on the board with a 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Riley Hensley made the extra point and Swanton trailed 20-7 after one quarter.

Max Phillips and Zach Bowers added touchdown runs to start the second, pushing the Tiger lead to 34-7.

Swanton again responded to keep the game from getting out of hand. Thornton found Lathan Pawlowicz for a 30-yard touchdown to make it 34-14 Liberty Center (7-0, 4-0 NWOAL) at halftime.

Hensley connected on a 35-yard field goal to start the scoring in the second half and cut the Tiger lead to 34-17.

But Bowers, who had 232 yards rushing, responded with his third touchdown in the third quarter and then added a fourth touchdown in the fourth quarter to increase the Liberty Center advantage to 47-17.

Crouse added touchdown runs of 27 and 68 yards in the fourth quarter for Swanton.

The Bulldogs (1-6, 0-4) will next take on rival Delta in the battle for the Kettle Friday at home.

Trent Weigel of Swanton tries to get around a Tiger defender.
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2019/10/web1_Crouse.jpgTrent Weigel of Swanton tries to get around a Tiger defender.

Ian Saunders of Swanton knocks the ball away from Max Phillips of Liberty Center.
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2019/10/web1_Saunders-fumble-forced.jpgIan Saunders of Swanton knocks the ball away from Max Phillips of Liberty Center. Patty Stambaugh | Swanton Enterprise

Swanton quarterback Andrew Thornton tries to break away from a Liberty Center defender.
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2019/10/web1_Thornton-lc.jpgSwanton quarterback Andrew Thornton tries to break away from a Liberty Center defender. Patty Stambaugh | Swanton Enterprise

Swanton’s Justyn Bartlett races through a big hole on his way to a 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown on Friday.
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2019/10/web1_Bartlett-Return.jpgSwanton’s Justyn Bartlett races through a big hole on his way to a 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown on Friday. Patty Stambaugh | Swanton Enterprise

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