Saginaw Swan Valley 31, Bangor John Glenn 6: Bobcats slow down, but can’t stop No. 1 Vikings

football_image Saginaw Swan Valley 31, Bangor John Glenn 6: Bobcats slow down, but can't stop No. 1 VikingsBAY CITY, MI – Alex Grace is one of the best high school football players in the state. It’s a fact that John Glenn knows all too well.

Grace, the two-time, all-state running back for Saginaw Swan Valley had another big game as the Vikings tripped up John Glenn, Friday, Oct. 24 at Glenn’s John Loop Field.

The Western Michigan commit ran for 241 yards on 28 carries and scored all four of the Vikings touchdowns.

Swan Valley will take an unblemished record and No. 1 state ranking into next week’s Division 4 playoffs where there is a good chance they will play a rematch with the 6-3 Bobcats.

Cole Clark scored John Glenn’s lone touchdown on a five-yard, second-quarter run.

John Glenn highlights

*Luke Weismiller sacks Swan Valley quarterback Nick Call on 2nd-and-8 from the Bobcats 13-yard line. The possession results in a Vikings field goal instead of a touchdown.

*Tyler Robbins takes a bounced snap at the goal line and booms a punt to the Vikings 40-yard line. An immediate tackle by Dean Wesenick saves the Bobcats from near disaster

*John Glenn gets its first play for more than 10 yards when Robbins breaks free for a 41-yard run with five minutes left in the half. He is brought down at the 14 and Cole Clark gets the Bobcats on the board with a 5-yard TD run four plays later.

*The Bobcats defense plays relatively well against Grace, stopping the senior for a gain of five yards or less on half his rushes.

Swan Valley highlights

*On its first drive, the Vikings convert on three fourth-down conversions before finally settling for a Justin Nelson 29-yard field goal. Swan Valley ran 19 plays to get into field goal range.

*Nelson makes it impossible for the Bobcats to begin a drive with good field possession. The junior kicker sends all four first-half kickoffs into the endzone.

*Alex Grace has a normal Alex Grace first half. He rushes 21 times for 144 yards and two touchdowns. The total puts him at over 1,800 yards on the ground for the year.

*The defense steps up as John Glenn only gets the ball inside the 30 on one occasion – its touchdown drive.

*Grace has dominated John Glenn in his career. With his 241 yards and four touchdowns Friday, Grace now has rushed for 796 yards and 12 touchdowns in the last three seasons against John Glenn.

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