Greenville rolls, tops Byron Center 28-0

By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 12:15 am on Saturday, September 21, 2013

Greenville running back Kyle Swindell breaks away for a 62-yard touchdown run on the Yellow Jackets’ first offensive play of the game.

GREENVILLE — You can’t have a much better start than the Greenville Yellow Jackets had on Friday night.

The Greenville defense started the game with a three-and-out, while junior Kyle Swindell took the Yellow Jackets first offensive play of the game 62 yards for a touchdown.

Basically, the momentum from last week’s 42-38 win over Middleville Thornapple Kellogg carried over for Friday’s 28-0 win over Byron Center at Legacy Field.

“It was a huge start. We knew we needed to come out of the gate fast and we did,” Moore said. “We three-and-outed them and scored on the first play. Can’t come out much quicker than that.”

Byron Center (2-2) could not muster much offense in the game, especially in the first half. The Bulldogs punted three times, threw an interception (by Swindell), turned the ball over on downs and had a series end at the half.

“They played far better than we did tonight,” Byron Center coach Marc Cisco said. “Their (Greenville) kids made big plays tonight and scored on their first play. We had some opportunities, few and far between when we weren’t making penalties, and we didn’t hit them.”

Greenville’s second score came on a Carter Stephens 61-yard reception from Ryan Davis with 6:25 left to go in the second quarter.

The Yellow Jackets led 14-0 at halftime.

Byron Center started the second half with a three-and-out stop of Greenville, but the Bulldogs could not capitalize on their possession as an interception by Eric Plate quickly gave Greenville the ball back with great field position.

Greenville scored a few plays later on an eight-yard run by Stephens for a 21-0 lead.

“They played really physical and didn’t make mistakes,” Cisco said. “They converted on third downs and we didn’t. We had a lot of penalties, the noise bothered us and we lined up wrong a few times and the two turnovers killed us.”

The Bulldogs got inside the Yellow Jackets redzone twice, but could not score in the second half.

“Shutouts are not a goal for us, but it does say a lot when it happens,” Moore said. “I felt like our kids really did a great job.”

The Yellow Jackets finished the scoring with a six-yard touchdown catch by Nick Reamer from Swindell on the halfback pass. Reamer bobbled the catch, but made the grab falling to the turf.

For the night, the Yellow Jackets rushed for more than 300 yards. Swindell finished with 134 yards and Stephens 100. Davis pass for 88 yards.

“The couple of times we got stopped we really stopped ourselves,” Moore said. “We moved the ball. Give our kids, especially our offensive line, a lot of credit.”

Byron Center quarterback Jake Bylsma was 6-for-10 for 70 yards. He rushed 18 times for 70 yards.

The Yellow Jackets (2-2) will try to carry over the momentum now from back-to-back wins, as they travel to Northview to begin O-K Bronze play on Friday.

“This is the direction we want to go, get better and better,” Moore said. “We have to have this be a carry over to the next game. We have to get better every game and can’t slide backward.”

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