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Swanson, Predators Take Care Of Norway, Begin Season At 2-0
The high flying Northern Elite Predators (2-0) surpassed the 40-point mark for the second consecutive game in turning back Norway Thursday night 40-22.
The explosive offensive attack was keyed by the play of senior quarterback Joey Swanson. After hurling 5 touchdown passes in a 45-30 rout of Coleman last week, Swanson connected on 8 of 12 passes for 242 yards and two scores. Swanson also burned the Norway defense with his feet, carrying the ball 12 times for 57 yards. Oh yes, he plays defense as well. Swanson made his presence known with 9 tackles, a fumble recovery and an interception.
Jake Predrotti added 9 rushes for 36 yards and two teedees to go along with 2 receptions for 32 yards and a touchdown. Trent Heath had 2 catches for 58 yards, 8 tackles and a fumble recovery while Nate Moll chipped in with 12 tackles and two forced fumbles.
We are very happy to get a win against a quality, well-coached team in Norway. We didnt play great in the first half, but we got some big plays in the passing game to put some points on the board. I was very pleased with how we started the second half with a scoring drive, defensive stop and blocked punt for a touchdown, Predator coach Ben Laarman said.
Norway grabbed an 8-0 lead when Jordan Neumann scored from 2 yards out and Taylor Bonetti added the conversion run with 4:26 left in period one. The Predators bounced back in a big way. Scoring the next 40 points to take control.
Pedrotti muscled his way in from 3 yards out and Adam Parent booted the first of 4 extra points for an 8-7 deficit (0:23). Swanson hooked up with Heath for 38 yards to put the Predators deep in Norway territory.
Northern Elite found the comforts of the end zone twice in period two, compliments of Swansons right arm. The first score was set up by a Swanson interception short of midfield. Swanson hit Pat Moreau for 29 yards then added a 26 yard scoring toss to Pedrotti at the 7:58 mark. Northern Elite upped the lead to 21-8 by halftime as Tarzis Maurer hauled in a 57 yard strike from Swanson with 4:59 remaining.
The Predators tacked on a trio of scores in the third quarter as Pedrotti rambled 3 yards (9:34), Brandon Holcomb scooted 20 yards with a blocked punt while Dominic Spigarelli hit paydirt on a 3 yard run with 13 ticks left in the frame.
Norway added a pair of consolation teedees in the fourth quarter as Austin Grayvold raced 71 yards with a punt (7:34) and then hit RJ Hewlett on a 12 yard pass (4:07).
Northern Elite will look to make it 3 wins in a row with a trip to Menominee Indian on Saturday, September 7 for a 1pm clash.