Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Dalton Swires isn't afraid to turn his body into a battering ram when running with the ball.
This year, Fox Creek will be without top rushers Jaquan Williams and Ikel El. Plus Swires has added some bulk in the offseason. The result of this perfect storm will likely be ample opportunities to see Swires bowl over defenders this season.
“I'm not a flashy guy,” Swires said. “I'm not really big on juking. If I need to get by someone, I'd rather just hit him.”
The strategy seemed to work fairly well for Swires last season. He averaged six yards per carry and finished the season with 350 yards and six touchdowns.
“Dalton is going to get a majority of the carries out of the backfield,” Fox Creek head coach Russ Schneider said. “He's got the attitude you want your rusher to have.”
Unfortunately for the opposition, that power rushing attitude isn't going anywhere this season. If anything, Swires has more incentive to take on defenders. He added about 10 to 15 pounds, according to Schneider. He has spent his summer working out and playing baseball, and the results are evident.
“He has been working out pretty hard. He does some stuff with a trainer, and he's also been working out with the baseball team he plays for this summer,” Schneider said. “He's an exciting kid to watch; he loves contact, so the added muscle is not good news for the teams we play.”
As a two-way player, the strength will also be useful when he lines up at safety on defense. He sees it as another opportunity to hit people.
In terms of his team goals, Swires wants to take Fox Creek to new levels. He believes the team has what it takes to build on the success it had in 2013.
The Predators, at 6-4, missed the playoffs because of the points system, but had a better record than some of the – Class A teams who qualified for the postseason field.
Despite moving to a different region where the Predators only familiar foe will be Ridge Spring-Monetta, Swires is confident in his team.
“It might be different going into a different region, but if we work hard and play together, we'll be just fine,” he said.