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Written by: David Burnworth on Sunday, May 9th, 2021
Big games sometimes never live up to their billing this but was not the case when Southwestern traveled to Clymer to battle CSP. Both teams came in 5-0 and both teams have enough weapons on offense to scare most defenses. In this one, I do not believe either team scared the other with their offenses then again when teams have the type of defenses these two have scared is not a word that is in their vocabulary. The two players I felt would be difference-makers were John Swabik from CSP and multi-talented Southwestern quarterback Aidan Kennedy. Both players had several big moments but in the end, it was the quick feet and smart decision-making from Kennedy that lead his team to the gigantic win.
The first quarter clock read 6:42 and that is when Kennedy found Nate Johnson for the games first score, an 11-yard pass for six. Neves Hoose showed his powerful leg to easily nail the PAT to make this a 7-0 game. Swabik would make a nine 16-yard run to take the ball down to the Southwestern three-yard line with 5:01 showing on the quick-moving opening quarter. Justin Massing, a 5-10, 235-pound lineman came in to play fullback and plowed through the Southwestern defense to easily score on the three-yard run. Bishop Kopta was stuffed short on a two-point conversion run keeping this a 7-6 game. Massing would go on to have a very sound game on defense where he had multiple tackles and pressured anyone near him. I think the kid is in for a big year come August. Especially if he hits the weight room as hard as he can.
Johnson would be wide open allowing Kennedy to hit him for a 32-yard gain with 4:23 showing on the clock. Then at the 2:35 mark, Southwestern would see their lead grow to 10-6 on a 26-yard field goal by Hoose. The quarter would come to a close when Zishan Munir got to Swabik for a 4-yard loss.
Kennedy would find Garrett Swan or a 35-yard gain down to the CSP 11-yard-line with 6:45 left in the half. Swan and Johnson are as dangerous as any two pass catchers I have watched this spring in the Western New York area. Kennedy would not have much time to pass with the CSP defense finding ways to make things hard for him but he still found a way to hit 13-29 passes and throw a touchdown pass. Kennedy, who made some pretty runs in this one would use his feet to score from 24-yards out with 4;52 left in the half. The PAT was good to make this a 17-6 game.
The Southwestern defense came up huge with 4:41 left in the half with Zishan Munir picking off a Kopta pass. The ensuing drive went nowhere on the first two plays setting up a third and ten that Kennedy used his feet to move the chains. Massing would make his third big defensive play of the half when he sacked Kenndy at the 2:13 mark. The half would end with Kopta being sacked by Drew Wigren.
The third quarter would have three plays stick out as the quarter seemed to fly by. First, Swabik picked up 19-yards on a sweet run, then he went 5-yards for a touchdown. He also converted a two-point conversion run to make this a 17-14 game. Landen Swan would stop Kennedy for a 3-yard loss to set up the fourth quarter. For the most part, CSP looked like a different team in the third quarter as they showed they had no quit in them.
With 9:15 left in the game, Southwestern again faced a third and long, and once again Kennedy used his feet to move the chains taking the ball all the way down to the CSP 3-yard line. Munir capped off the drive with his 2-yard touchdown run. The PAT would be true to make this a 24-14 game, with 8:15 left. CSP would need only 5 plays to go the 65-yards to answer the Southwestern score with Brendon Ramsey scoring on a 23-yard gut run. Jordan Svetz hit the point after to make this a 24-21 game with 6:09 left. The CSP defense would shut down Southwestern on the ensuing drive and force a punt. On the punt, Svetz appeared from my vantage point to take his eyes off the ball for a split second causing it to bounce off his hands with Garrett Swan (I believe) pouncing on it to give Southwestern the ball back. Kennedy would put the ball on the ground but his lineman #60 (Not on the roster) fell on it to save the day. Facing a fourth and one Kennedy used some nice work from his lineman to pick up 2-yards and secure the giant victory over CSP.
PASSING 13-29 1 TD
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