2018-10-11 / Sports

Swan Valley stomps Standish-Sterling, remains unbeaten

By Lamont Lenar


Andrew Rousseau cuts between the Standish-Sterling defenders during Swan Valley’s 48-7 Homecoming win on Oct. 5. 
Photo by Lamont Lenar Andrew Rousseau cuts between the Standish-Sterling defenders during Swan Valley’s 48-7 Homecoming win on Oct. 5. Photo by Lamont Lenar The Swan Valley varsity football team faced off against Standish- Sterling in its Homecoming game on Friday, Oct. 5. The Vikings took the win 48-7 over the Panthers, moving its record to 7-0 on the season.

Swan Valley controlled the game from the start. Standish-Sterling began with the ball, getting one first down, before being forced to punt.

On their opening drive, the Vikings went 87 yards down to the one yard line in just three plays, with Brock Leinberger getting the carry to go up 7-0 at the 7:17 mark in the first.

The Panthers punted again on their next possession. Swan Valley took over on the Standish-Sterling 47 yard line after a big return from Khyree Harris. Chase Mendoza took the handoff and scored on a 47 yard run for a 14-0 advantage, with 3:00 left in the first.


Khyree Harris returns the Standish-Sterling punt for Swan Valley, cutting through the Panther defenders past midfield out to the 47 yard line, during the Vikings’ Homecoming game on Oct. 5. 
Photo by Lamont Lenar Khyree Harris returns the Standish-Sterling punt for Swan Valley, cutting through the Panther defenders past midfield out to the 47 yard line, during the Vikings’ Homecoming game on Oct. 5. Photo by Lamont Lenar In the second quarter, the Panthers were backed up and punted from their own nine yard line. After the return, the Vikings had the short field, taking over on the Standish- Sterling 34.

Mendoza then carried the ball 34 yards for the score, giving Swan Valley a 21-0 advantage at 11:04.

The Panthers went three and out on their next drive, punting the ball out-of-bounds. Swan Valley took over on the 25 yard line. Alex Fries then connected on a 25 yard pass to Ethan Champney for the touchdown, to go up 28-0 at the 9:06 mark.

After another three and out, the Vikings took over on the Standish- Sterling 31. On first down, Fries threw to Drew Zolinski for the score and put Swan Valley up 34-0, after the missed extra point, with 6:54 left in the first half.


Deon Sanders carries the ball 20 yards down to the Standish-Sterling eight yard line, setting up a Swan Valley touchdown during the Vikings’ Homecoming game on Oct. 5. 
Photo by Lamont Lenar Deon Sanders carries the ball 20 yards down to the Standish-Sterling eight yard line, setting up a Swan Valley touchdown during the Vikings’ Homecoming game on Oct. 5. Photo by Lamont Lenar The Vikings’ next drive began on their own 30 yard line. Driving down the field, Fries got the final carry to score on first-and-goal from the eight for the 41-0 Swan Valley lead at 2:26.

The Panthers started their next drive on their own 20. Not gaining a yard, they punted on fourth and 15 from the 15.

Harris returned the ball to the Standish-Sterling five yard line, with Matt Pike running the ball in for the score to make it 48-0 with 14.5 seconds left in the half.

In the second half, the Panthers got on the board, scoring a touchdown with 2:46 left in the game for the 48-7 final.

Swan Valley remains undefeated on the season. Coach Kevin Gavenda said, “The team needs to keep improving.”


Chase Mendoza led Swan Valley with 144 yards rushing and two touchdowns against Standish-Sterling during the Vikings’ Homecoming game on Oct. 5. 
Photo by Lamont Lenar Chase Mendoza led Swan Valley with 144 yards rushing and two touchdowns against Standish-Sterling during the Vikings’ Homecoming game on Oct. 5. Photo by Lamont Lenar Looking to the post season, Gavenda said, “We know good teams are waiting The seniors on the team are keeping everybody grounded and focused. We’re just looking to improve.”

Fries threw for 101 yards with three TDs and rushed for one touchdown. Mendoza ran for 144 yards and two TDs.

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