Dragon gridders make history with first-ever playoff win

SWARTZ CREEK — The Swartz Creek Dragons varsity football team made history Oct. 29, when they defeated cross-town adversary Carman-Ainsworth by a score of 28 to 6.

The victory was the first-ever playoff win in school history and will send the Dragons to the second round of post-season competition.

The Dragons were led by a stifling defense, imposing offensive line play and the running of seniors Brennan Larion, #5, and Noah Kalakay, #20, said head coach Joe Spencer.

The Dragon rushing attack owned the night with over 300 yards rushing, led by Larion, who scored three touchdowns on 22 carries and ran for 199 yards, while Kalakay added 82 more, Spencer said.

Big plays were the formula for the Dragons who hit several big runs of more than 20 yards.

Defensively, the Dragons were led by John Pavelchik who recorded nine tackles, including five for loss, and a sack, and recovered a blocked punt for a touchdown.

The Dragon defense held Carman-Ainsworth to just a single score to end the Cavaliers’ season.

“I couldn’t be more proud of these guys,” said Spencer. “They were a determined group and earned every yard tonight.”

The Dragons improved their records to 5 to 2 overall in 2020 and will travel to Traverse City for a second-round matchup with the Central High School Trojans. — L.R.