Swanson Scores Twice as Braves Bully Bolts
Sat. October 15, 2011 at 12:28 a.m. | By Polk Preps Staff
Lake Gibson's Tyler Brown maneuvers around Ridge Community's Jacob Harwell for a gain during Friday night's game at Ridge Community High School in Haines City. Paul Crate / News Chief (Photo by Paul Crate | NYT Regional Media Group)
By MATT COTE
NYT REGIONAL MEDIA GROUP
DAVENPORT | Ridge Community tried to get some offense going in the second half, but fell short, losing 35-14 to Lake Gibson on Friday night.
The Braves came into the game looking to reestablish themselves as a running team, and they did just that.
"That is one thing we had to get back to, Lake Gibson football," Braves coach Keith DeMyer said. "And Lake Gibson football is running the football."
The Braves scored four rushing touchdowns, two by defensive lineman Kennard Swanson, who doubles as a short-yardage back.
Swanson scored the first points of the game on a 9-yard run in the first quarter, putting the Braves ahead 7-0.
It took the Bolts only 15 seconds to answer.
Shykeem Pitts took the following kickoff 90-yards for the tying touchdown.
"He's phenomenal," Ridge coach Richard Tate said. "He had another big game and another big return."
Unfortunately for Ridge, that would be the team's last points of the half.
Lake Gibson retook the lead halfway through the second quarter on a 4-yard Swanson run.
Lake Gibson's Kendall Gant intercepted a Pitts pass late in the first half and returned it to the Ridge 14 to set up an 11-yard Trey Congdon touchdown pass to Brandon London.
Ridge's Anthony Parnell took the following kickoff to the Lake Gibson 24, but a penalty and a fumble ended the drive.
After recovering a fumble on the second half kickoff, Lake Gibson added to its lead, scoring on a 2-yard run by Eric Carter.
Ridge answered with a 1-yard Kareem Smith touchdown run, but failed to put any more points on the board.