AMITY, Ark. (KTHV) – There are few places Ryan Swain, a senior at Centerpoint High School, would rather be on a Friday night than on the football field.
It’s where he played a game he loved with friends he’d grown up with since kindergarten. Last Friday night, the first game of the season, Ryan played nearly every down of the game both offense and defense.
This Friday, he did not take the field with his teammates. He passed away suddenly last Saturday in a hunting accident. At the game, Centerpoint High School honored #55 with a student led prayer, a balloon release and his jersey number proudly painted on the field. His team tied the Magnet Cove Panthers in their first game without their friend 14-14.
His friends and teammates described Ryan as a shy, quiet young man. He didn’t say much, but when he did, you paid attention. What he had to say was either quite inspiring or just funny. Like when he was moved to the linebacker position on the team earlier this year. He told his friends he didn’t mind playing on the line as long as he didn’t have to hit anybody.
Others said Ryan was a natural born leader both in school and in church. A godly teenager, a devout Christian, and a hard worker are just a few of his descriptions.
His passion was hunting and fishing with his friends. He wanted to be an Arkansas Game and Fish officer as an adult. He planned to attend Southern Arkansas University in the fall.