Bulldogs dominate Bryan


Staff Report



The Swanton defense controlled Bryan Friday night and the Bulldogs rolled to a 35-0 victory at Hansbarger Stadium.

After a long missed field goal early by Swanton, their defense then forced a Bryan punt. The punt went just one yard, setting the Bulldogs up deep in Bryan territory.

They took advantage as Michael Lawniczak scored from eight yards out. Nick Koback’s extra point made it 7-0 Swanton in the opening quarter.

Swanton came alive for 21 points in the second quarter to put the game out of reach. Lawniczak got things going with a three yard score.

Marek Spiess then connected with Gunnar Oakes down the sideline for a 60-yard aerial strike. The extra point put the Bulldogs ahead 21-0.

Backed up deep in their own territory, the Bulldogs (5-0, 2-0 NWOAL) struck again. Tim Rankin took an inside reverse and raced 84 yards to pay dirt, giving the Dogs a 28-0 edge.

Bryan (2-3, 1-1 NWOAL) looked to be in business late in the first half when they recovered Swanton’s fumbled punt at the Bulldog 15 yard line. But a Chase Avalos interception ended the Bears’ scoring threat.

In the third quarter, Lawniczak finished the scoring with a one yard touchdown run. The running clock started after the score and the game quickly wound down.

He rushed for 125 yards on 24 carries to lead the Bulldogs. Rankin had six carries for 93 yards.

Oakes had four catches for 114 yards for Swanton.

The Bulldog defense held Bryan quarterback Zach Nobis to just 3 of 20 passing for 31 yards.

Swanton now sits in fifth place in the computer rankings for Division V, Region 18. They are one of just three unbeaten teams in the region, but the non-leagues foes have not helped their ranking as much as some other teams.

Swanton will next face winless Evergreen on Friday. The Vikings fell to Liberty Center 44-0 on Friday.

The teams have two common opponents. Evergreen fell to Bryan 26-0 in their NWOAL opener. Also, Swanton topped Ottawa Hills 36-6, while Evergreen fell to the Green Bears 55-12.

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