When you are 5-0 and playing a winless team halfway through the season, your goal is to take care of business and stay healthy.
Swanton accomplished both in a 51-0 win over Evergreen on the road Friday night.
Evergreen got a 53 yard run from Tyler Noe to get deep into Swanton territory on the opening drive. However, the Bulldogs avoided a score when Noe’s fourth down pass missed an open David Carroll.
From there it was all Bulldogs as Chase Avalos capped a 71-yard drive, getting around the left side for a 36-yard score to put the Bulldogs on top.
Michael Lawniczak added a two-yard score and Tim Rankin went around the end for a 37-yard score in the first quarter to give Swanton a 20-0 lead.
The Bulldogs added two more Lawniczak scores, running behind the Bulldogs’ huge and senior dominated line in the second quarter and Marek Spiess’ aerial found Crew Oberheim for another score, giving Swanton a 39-0 halftime lead and they coasted from there.
Swanton accumulated 312 yards of total offense in the first half to Evergreen’s 50.
Lawniczak finished with 106 yards rushing on 15 carries. Rankin added 83 yards on five carries to go along with his two touchdowns, while Avalos carried it six times for 80 yards.
Evergreen hosts the Delta Panthers Friday.
Swanton now plays undefeated Patrick Henry this Friday night with NWOAL title hopes on the line. Both teams sit at 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the league.
Patrick Henry has a solid grasp on the top of the computer points in Division VI, Region 22. But despite being undefeated, Swanton sits in just sixth place in Division V, Region 18, and could use a big win to solidify their spot.
Swanton’s non-conference schedule, with three schools from smaller divisions, is one reason for the lower computer point rankings. Ottawa Hills and Woodmore also have only one win each. Next year’s schedule will have three different schools, according to athletic director Wade Haselman. Rogers and Start are on the schedule with an official contract not yet signed for the third.
Both the Bulldogs and Patriots have a strong running game and feature one of the top backs in the league. Lawniczak leads Swanton on the ground, while speedster Donny Johnson paces Patrick Henry.
Swanton has outscored opponents 277-33 on the season and the defense has pitched three shut outs. The Dogs score an average of 46.2 points per game, while giving up just 5.5 points.
Patrick Henry scores 35.7 points per game and has given up 12.3. The Patriots won an early NWOAL battle over preseason league favorite Liberty Center 22-14 and are coming off of convincing defeats of Delta and Archbold.
Friday’s showdown kicks off at 7 p.m. at Hansbarger Stadium.
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