Patrick Henry made big plays in the first half when they were needed and ran away from Swanton 40-7 in the NWOAL opener Friday at Hansbarger Stadium.
The Bulldogs opened the game with a drive that took them into Patriot territory before they were forced to punt. Cole Mitchey’s punt pinned Patrick Henry deep, going out at the three-yard line.
With 97 yards in front of them, the Patriots started a drive that ended when Nash Meyer connected with Jeff Camp for a 20-yard touchdown. Patrick Henry led 6-0 with 4:18 left in the first.
Swanton then put together a strong drive with big runs from Camron Kirtz and Ethan Hensley. The Patriots made their first big play, stopping Kirtz on fourth and one from the three-yard line for a turnover on downs.
Another 97-yard drive was capped by a Gavin Jackson 10-yard scoring scamper for a 13-0 lead with 9:55 left in the second quarter.
The Bulldogs again drove into Patriot territory on the ensuing possession, and the Patriot defense again stepped up. On fourth and four, Hensley was sacked, ending the drive.
The final big play of the half came on the final play of the half. Facing a first and goal from the 25-yard line, Meyer found Aiden Behrman for a touchdown with no time on the clock, and the Patriots led 20-0 at the break.
Patrick Henry added to the lead to start the second half. A Meyer touchdown run gave them a 26-0 advantage.
Swanton drove deep into Patriot territory, but Lincoln Creager returned an interception nearly the entire length of the field to push the PH lead to 33-0.
Kirtz cracked the scoreboard for Swanton late in the fourth with a touchdown run to make the final score 40-7. Kirtz finished with 120 yards rushing.
The Bulldogs will be back in action Friday when they host Wauseon (2-2, 0-1 NWOAL).