BRYAN – Three fourth quarter touchdowns for Bryan helped them battle back and stun Swanton, 27-24, in the Northwest Ohio Athletic League football opener Friday night.
The Golden Bears struck first in the opening quarter on a 65-yard pass from Zac Nobis to Brycen Andrews and Brady Shankster’s point after made it 7-0.
However, the Bulldogs went on to score 24 straight points, beginning with an Anthony Howard field goal. Swanton running back Michael Lawniczak added a two-yard touchdown run to give them a 10-7 lead after the first quarter.
Gage Pachlhofer then broke away for a 42-yard score in the second stanza which pushed their lead to 17-7 at the break.
In the third for the Dogs, Zack Leahey ran one in from 20 yards away to make it 24-7.
Nobis would get the best of the Bulldog defense in the fourth as he had a pair of touchdowns through the air and one on the ground.
He first connected with Shankster from 11 yards away to trim Swanton’s lead at 24-14. Nobis then punched one in from a yard out. After Bryan recovered an onside kick Nobis found Shankster for a 20-yard scoring strike to complete the comeback.
Bryan outgained Swanton 349-266. Nobis passed for 292 yards and tossed three TDs to go along with 42 yards rushing and a score.
The Dogs did hold the advantage on the ground with 208 yards to just 57 from the Golden Bears. Pachlhofer had 85 yards on eight carries and a score, Leahey added 82 on 16 carries and a score, and Lawniczak 39 yards and a score.
Swanton (2-2, 0-1 NWOAL) hosts rival Evergreen (2-2, 0-1) this Friday.