Panthers cruise to win over Dogs


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Delta’s Bryar Knapp runs away from the Swanton defense during Friday’s game. The Panthers as a team rushed for 420 yards, including 122 from Knapp in the win.

Delta’s Bryar Knapp runs away from the Swanton defense during Friday’s game. The Panthers as a team rushed for 420 yards, including 122 from Knapp in the win.


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Delta running back Jerremiah Wolford gets a nice gain before being brought down by Xander Wiemken of Swanton during Friday night’s NWOAL matchup. The Panthers manhandled Swanton, earning the 70-7 victory.


Max Householder | AIM Media Midwest

Delta could score pretty much at will Friday as they built a 56-7 halftime lead, then they scored twice more after the break for a 70-7 win versus visiting Swanton Friday on Homecoming night for the Panthers.

The Panthers dominated the Bulldogs with a 420-83 edge on the ground. Bryar Knapp racked up 122 yards on six attempts and two touchdowns, while Jerremiah Wolford finished with 119 yards on 13 attempts and a touchdown.

Knapp scored the game’s first TD, catching a swing pass from James Ruple and racing 21 yards to the house and after Phil Smithers’ extra point, the Panthers led 7-0.

A fumbled handoff exchange by Swanton on fourth-and-1 from their own 35 yard-line gave Delta the ball right back. They were able to cash in on Ruple’s 14-yard run around right end, giving the Panthers a 14-0 edge just past the halfway mark of the first quarter.

On the next Panther possession they would take over in Bulldog territory at the 49. Wolford led them into the end zone with runs of 15, 28, and then six yards to bump the difference to 21 with 2:43 remaining in the first quarter.

Swanton recorded its lone score of the ball game on the ensuing possession. Kamon Molina’s 16-yard run set them up at the one yard-line where he punched it in.

A double handoff that ended up in the hands of Knapp that went for 34 yards gave the Panthers the ball at the Bulldog 15 later in the quarter. Wolford then ran for 10 yards down to the three, and on the following play Ruple rolled right and dove into the end zone for a TD that made it a 28-7 Panther lead with 8:22 left in the half.

The Panthers put the icing on the cake when on the following Swanton possession, a second-and-11 play from their own 14, Delta put pressure on Ethan Hensley who threw a pass that was intercepted by Knapp, who returned it for a score and a 35-7 lead.

However, for good measure, the Panthers went on to double that total resulting in the lopsided victory.

Delta improved to 5-2 with the win and 3-1 in Northwest Ohio Athletic League play. They travel to Wauseon (5-2, 3-1 NWOAL) this week.

Swanton falls to 1-6 overall and is winless in the league at 0-4. They welcome Archbold (6-1, 3-1) this Friday.

Delta’s Bryar Knapp runs away from the Swanton defense during Friday’s game. The Panthers as a team rushed for 420 yards, including 122 from Knapp in the win.
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2022/10/web1_Knapp-v.-Swanton.jpgDelta’s Bryar Knapp runs away from the Swanton defense during Friday’s game. The Panthers as a team rushed for 420 yards, including 122 from Knapp in the win. Max Householder | AIM Media Midwest

Delta running back Jerremiah Wolford gets a nice gain before being brought down by Xander Wiemken of Swanton during Friday night’s NWOAL matchup. The Panthers manhandled Swanton, earning the 70-7 victory.
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2022/10/web1_Wolford-v.-28-SW.jpgDelta running back Jerremiah Wolford gets a nice gain before being brought down by Xander Wiemken of Swanton during Friday night’s NWOAL matchup. The Panthers manhandled Swanton, earning the 70-7 victory. Max Householder | AIM Media Midwest

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