Swett’s comeback falls short to Anson
by Brad Crawford Staff writer
PEMBROKE — Thrown into the fire as a first-year quarterback against the likes of Hoggard and New Hanover the last two weeks, veteran members of Purnell Swett’s offense knew there would be growing pains with junior Thristian Lowry.
However in his third career start Friday, Lowry nearly managed a Houdini-esque comeback during the Rams’ 35-25 homecoming loss to Anson.
“He comes to practice every day and works hard to get better at his position,” senior wide receiver Tyler Maynor said. “We just didn’t do enough to help him out tonight.”
Lowry’s best outing to date featured three second-half touchdown drives that kept the Rams within striking distance, but Swett’s defense didn’t hold up its end of the bargain giving up more than 335 yards of total offense. Anson’s Allen Campbell finished off the Bearcats’ third win of the season with a 35-yard touchdown run — on a fumbled snap after a reverse — that sealed it with 3:46 remaining.
Campbell scored four touchdowns including three in the opening half as Anson built a 15-point halftime lead.
“We got lazy (on defense) and that can’t happen,” Maynor said. “We were tired too. Defense has been on the field too much for us all season.”
Friday’s momentum-changer came near the end of the third quarter with Anson facing a third-and-long near midfield. Anson coach Luke Hyatt dialed up something his Bearcats had worked on all week in practice — a halfback pass —that fooled Swett’s secondary.
DeAngelo Tyson’s precision throw to Will Smith in stride over the top of Swett’s safeties disrupted the Rams’ momentum that had been building during a two-touchdown frame to open the second half.
“We thought it was a pretty good call since our backup quarterback has been getting reps at running back,” Hyatt said. “Will got behind everybody and D made a great throw.”
Despite Campbell’s first-half heroics, Swett (1-4) put together consecutive scoring drives in the third quarter to pull within a field goal prior to Hyatt’s roll of the dice.
Tyler Maynor’s 70-yard touchdown reception on a screen pass ignited the home crowd and provided the Rams with an offensive boost they had sorely been missing from the outset this season.
As it turned out however, it wasn’t enough thanks to Campbell and Anson’s propensity for the big play.
Utilized at wide receiver and in the backfield, Campbell scored three touchdowns and piled up 127 all-purpose yards in the first 24 minutes, speeding past Swett’s front seven at his discretion.
Campbell took a jet sweep 63 yards to the end zone on Anson’s first snap, made a defender miss on a 35-yard catch-and-run in the second quarter and delivered the decisive blow with a 7-yard touchdown reception on 4th-and-2 inside the 10 a minute before halftime.
“He hasn’t scored a touchdown all year and that’s been bugging him a bit,” Hyatt said. “He’s a great kid that gives us his all for Bearcat football. He’s a big playmaker that just hasn’t found the end zone until tonight.”
After a quick three-and-out on their opening possession, the Rams (1-4) appeared to get it together offensively following Campbell’s speedy highlight down the visiting sideline as Swett responded with a 17-play, 63-yard touchdown drive that took nearly eight minutes off the clock.
The point after was wide right, but the Rams were back in it at 7-6 with 11:15 to play in the second quarter.
That’s when the Bearcats (3-2) went to work with Campbell.
Facing a 3rd-and-10 at the Swett 35, Anson quarterback J’Maine Harris honed in on his top wideout with help from his offensive line, delivering a strike to the 25-yard line into Campbell’s hands that he took the distance for a 14-6 lead.
When given time, Swett’s Lowry was effective from the pocket with a 21-for-32 outing for 225 yards. Lowry’s 5-yard touchdown pass on a fade route to Jordan Chavis with 6:53 left in the third quarter pulled the Rams within nine at 21-12, Swett’s third successful fourth-down conversion in the game.
Lowry did however have a costly fumble on a sack-and-strap inside his own 20 that led to points late in the first half.
Reach staff writer Brad Crawford at 910-272-6119 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @MrPalmettoSDS.
Anson 35, Swett 25
Anson 7 14 7 7 — 35
Swett 06 12 7 — 25
AC — Allen Campbell 63 run (Manuel Alonso kick)
PS — Thristian Lowry 1 run (kick failed)
AC — Campbell 35 pass from J’Maine Harris (Alonso kick)
AC — Campbell 7 pass from Harris (Alonso kick)
PS — Jordan Chavis 5 pass from Lowry (run failed)
PS — Tyler Maynor 70 pass from Lowry (kick failed)
AC — Will Smith 44 pass from DeAngelo Tyson (Alonso kick)
PS — Lowry 1 run (Triston Hunt kick)
AC — Campbell 30 run (Alonso kick)
PASSING: Anson — Harris 8-18-1-97; Tyson 1-1-0-44. Swett — Lowry 21-32-2-225.
RUSHING: Anson — Campbell 5-131, Bivens 4-26. Swett — Lowry 14-51, B. Locklear 12-35.
RECEIVING: Anson — Campbell 3-49, Smith 3-59. Swett — Chavis 9-73, Maynor 11-149, B. Locklear 1-3.
RECORDS: Swett 1-4, Anson 3-2.
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