Golden Bears defeat Swanton 63-0, clinch share of NWOAL title
October 26, 2013By Chris Malanga of Bryan High School
The perfect season for Bryan continued as the Golden Bears steamrolled Swanton 63-0 in the regular season home finale.
Bryan got started early as Swanton muffed the opening kickoff, with the Bears recovering on the Bulldogs 31. Four plays later, Jake Jones took it in from three yards out to make it 7-0.
On the ensuing possession, Swanton put their best drive of the night together, going deep into Golden Bears territory on 13 plays. Swanton attempted a 33 yard field goal, which was blocked. Brandon Dean picked up the ball and raced it 85 yards behind a convoy of blockers to paydirt. That made it 14-0 with 2:58 remaining in the first quarter.
Swanton went three-and-out on each of their next five possessions in the first half, punting each time. The Bears, meanwhile, scored three out of four times they had the ball.
The first score came on a 43-yard touchdown run by Austin Schimmoeller. Rupp’s PAT made it 21-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Then Daniel Pendergrast scored on the sixth play of the next two drives, on touchdown runs of 35 and 14 yards respectively. With 2:53 remaining in the half, the score was 35-0.
On their last punt of the half, Pendergrast picked up the ball, reversed field and returned it 70 yards up the Bears sideline for his third touchdown of the night. The PAT was again good, and the score at the half was 42-0.
The second half was played with eight minute quarters, and Bryan’s reserves. Swanton kicked the ball onside to start the half, and recovered on their own 48. They marched down to the Bryan 29, where they fumbled to the Bears.
On the first play from scrimmage, reserve quarterback Brandon Dean couldn’t control a snap over his head, and the Bulldogs recovered on Bryan’s 18 yard line. Swanton got all the way down to the Bears’ 1 yard line, but the defense stiffened and didn’t allow the score.
Bryan took the ball over on downs and went 99-yards in 7 plays, with Zach Dean taking it in from 3 yards out. The successful extra point made it 49-0.
After a Swanton punt, the Bears started on their own 47. Two minutes later, they were knocking on the door again. On his way into the endzone, Bryan’s running back fumbled and freshman Sam Culler recovered in the endzone for the score.
Lane Azarello finished off the scoring with a 5-yard touchdown run with 1:06 remaining in the game.
The Bears were led by Austin Schimmoeller’s 68 yards rushing on five carries. He was also 7-13 for 92 yards passing.
Jared Carroll and Lane Azarello did a nice job in relief, rushing for 39 and 28 yards respectively.
Daniel PEndergrast caught four passes for 56 yards.
With the win, the Bears move to 9-0 on the season and face Evergreen on the road next week. They have clinched a share of their second straight NWOAL title, and will win it outright with a win next week. Bryan remains in the hunt for a playoff home game as well.