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.