The Norman Transcript


September 12, 2009

Warriors Swayzed

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PURCELL -- Cole Swayze, Purcell's sophomore quarterback, might be the best Dragon to come down the pike in a generation.

The old Dragons in the press box wonder who's better, Joe McReynolds, who played a year at Oklahoma in the 1970s, or Swayze, the kid who ran for 161 yards on 13 carries in a Friday night monsoon, leading Purcell past Washington 35-6.

Maybe the question is this:

Did McReynolds ever become a verb?

Because in Washington today, after what happened on Conger Field, the Warrior faithful must be telling one another their team didn't lose so much as get Swayzed.

The game really came down to just a few plays in the first half.

Up 7-0, but close to stymied in their own end, the Dragons faced 2nd and 10 from their own 11. So Swayze picked his way through the line and kept going for 44 yards. Four plays later he carried for 5 into the end zone and it was 13-0.

A little later, in the second quarter, the score unchanged, the Dragons faced 3rd and 12 at their own 20, the Warriors hoping to pin them deep, force a punt and make it a one-touchdown game before the half. Instead, Swayze picked his way 39 yards on the next snap and 41 on the one after that.

Bang, bang.

The Dragons led 21-0.

Washington made the mistake of going to the air on its next series, freezing the clock and giving Purcell one more chance with the ball. So Swayze sparked a quick 46-yard drive with a 23-yard run. A few snaps later Garrett Goldsby was in the end zone from 4 yards.

Swayze gave the Dragon fans a scare in the second half, walking off the field on a gimpy left ankle not to return. A year ago, his season ended when he broke his left femur.

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