Swanson, S. Carroll power to 48-14 win

QB passes for 4 TDs, runs for 2 as Panthers rout Walkersville in semi

Class 2A West football

High Schools

November 15, 2003|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

South Carroll was making only its fourth playoff appearance in last night's Class 2A West regional semifinal against visiting Walkersville, but it didn't take Panthers quarterback T.J. Swanson long to make things all too familiar for the Lions.

Just three weeks after torching Walkersville for 305 passing yards and four touchdowns and a fifth rushing score, the 6-foot-3, 210-pounder passed for 244 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 86 yards and two more scores, all in the first half of last night's 48-14 victory.

The win was a historic one, according to 12th-year coach Gene Brown, who said the Panthers (10-1) had never before won a playoff game nor had a 10-victory season.

Swanson, who was a second-team All-Metro pick as a defensive back last fall, finished 9-for-15 passing for 251 yards, raising his totals to 2,144 passing yards for 25 touchdowns and 613 rushing yards for 12 touchdowns.

Last night, he led an offense that has averaged 42 points a game and which scored on four of its first five possessions, amassing 400 of its 500 yards in building a 35-0 halftime lead.

Swanson had scoring passes of 42 and 61 yards to Tyler Kraus, a 45-yarder to Ryan Mullen and a 51-yarder to Broad Mayr, who also rushed for a 25-yard touchdown.

With their eighth straight victory, the Panthers earned the right to play host to North Hagerstown (11-0), a 33-13 winner over Fort Hill (9-2) in last night's other regional semifinal.

"We wanted to come right out and jump on them because we knew we had the offense to take it to them," said Swanson, who optioned his way to touchdown runs of 9 and 10 yards. "Plus, our defense has been getting better and better every game."

Mullen and Steven Fye recovered fumbles, Kraus had an interception and Christopher Steele made six tackles as part of a defense that limited the Lions (7-4) to 115 total yards of offense.

Walkersville running back Antoine Crawford, who entered the game with 1,177 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns, had only 56 yards.

"This is a team that really likes to play the game of football," said Brown. "But, this is just one step in the road. We cannot afford to get too high about this because we have to play another great team next week."

Walkersville's points came in the fourth period. Dave Berry rushed for an eight-yard touchdown and Ricky Divel recovered a blocked punt in the end zone.

Michael Niffenegger converted six of seven extra-point attempts for South Carroll.

"I've been coaching for 35 years and that is the finest quarterback that I have ever faced," said Walkersville coach Hal Grau. "I mean, he is just excellent - and the rest of their personnel isn't too bad, either."

Mayr (138 rushing yards) has contributed 11 offensive touchdowns and Mullen has 34 receptions for 562 yards and seven touchdowns.

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