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BC's Swanson having breakout season

Running back has been a pleasant surprise for Wildcats

October 2, 2009
Matt Mullally

Leeds' junior Matt Swanson doesn't characterize himself as a power or finesse-style running back.

Just one that gets the job done.

Swanson, indeed has. He's been one of the pleasant surprises on offense for the first-year Benson County 9-man program, according to coach Jeff Manley.

"We didn't expect this much out of (Matt), but he's been our most consistent back,' Manley said. "He seems to always get positive yards."

Swanson's carries were few the first couple of games, but he didn't get down on himself. He continued to work hard in practice and eventually more opportunities to carry the ball came his way. And No. 5 made the most of them.

"He's more of a north-south runner, but he runs hard through the holes and makes players miss,' Manley said.

Swanson's break-out game came against Wells County when he rushed for 100 yards on 19 carries. He followed that effort up by rushing 108 yards on 10 carries in BC's win over Tri-County.

Matt worked out regularly this past summer in a strength program in Devils Lake, adding muscle to his growing 6-2 frame, and he credits that to his success on the field. He went from 140 pounds to 185.

He's not a back that will break loose for big gains. "I just try and pick up some yards every play,' he said. "I've had a few runs of 10 to 15 yards."

And with every carry the confidence grows for Swanson who is emerging as a key contributor for the Wildcats. It's been a season of struggles early on, but Matt knows his team is showing improvement and hopefully will end on with a few wins.

Swanson is doing his part to help take the team in that direction.



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