Swanson’s big game sends Warren past Franklin
FRANKLIN — Warren didn’t score a point in the first half of Saturday night’s Region 8 football game, but the Dragons sure made up for it after intermission.
Senior running back James Swanson rushed, unofficially, for 256 yards and two touchdowns and had three receptions for 79 yards, including a 19-yard TD catch from senior halfback Alex Borger, to send Warren to a 35-12 victory, spoiling Franklin’s homecoming.
Senior quarterback Micah Passmore threw for 84 yards and rushed for 59 more and a TD; freshman running back Tommy Nyquist also found paydirt with a 1-yard run; senior Alex Zeigler was successful on three point-after tries; and Cedric Arline caught a two-point conversion pass from Carter Pascuzzi.
Meanwhile, Warren’s defense stood tall for most of the game, yielding a touchdown on Franklin’s first possession in the first quarter, but then stuffing the Knights on fourth-and-goal the next time they had the ball to keep the game close.
After the break, the penalty-plagued Dragons (1-1) seized control, providing them some momentum heading into Friday’s home opener against Oil City. Franklin (1-2) will host Meadville.
See a complete story in Monday’s Times Observer.
Warren 0 0 21 14 — 35
Franklin 6 0 0 6 — 12
Fra–Burkhardt 1 run (kick fail)
War–Passmore 7 run (Arline pass from Pascuzzi)
War–Swanson 19 pass from Borger (Zeigler kick)
War–Swanson 34 run (kick fail)
Fra — Buckley 35 pass from Marsteller (kick fail)
War–Swanson 55 run (Zeiger kick)
War–Nyquist 1 run (Zeigler kick)