Bryce Turner scores three touchdowns in Pacer 46-32 victory

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Switzerland County won is third straight to improve to 4-2 on the season with a 46-32 win over Rock Creek Academy last Friday night at Woehrle Field in Jeffersonville.

“We had another come from behind victory this past weekend after spotting our opponent 20 straight points following our opening drive score. The boys showed outstanding resilience in the face of a very game and chippy Rock Creek Academy,” said coach Ryan Jesop. “An enormous amount of credit goes to our offensive lineman, for helping us run over and finish teams off in the second half of each of the last two games we played. Those boys never raise a fuss or get mentioned in most media releases, but deserve all the credit in the world for the success our run game has recently enjoyed. We will definitely need to be much sharper in the next few weeks to keep the winning streak (three games) going.”

Switzerland County quarterback Damion Courter found Cade Rider for a 17-yard touchdown pass and Sam White’s PAT made it 7-0  with 5:03 left in the opening quarter.

Rock Creek then picked off Courter, and Lions quarterback Caleb Rotenberger found Johnathan Browning-Sloan on an 18-yard touchdown strike with Jacob Daniel hitting the PAT to tie the game 7-7.

Zach Howlett

 

The Lions then took a 14-7 lead after the Pacers allowed the kickoff to land in front of them, setting up Rotenberger (15-for-37 for 264 yards, four touchdowns and an interception) for a 33-yard touchdown pass to Elijah Young for the lead with 2:50 left in the quarter.

Rock Creek then made it 20-7 with 7:52  left in the first half as Young caught a six yard touchdown, but the PAT failed.

Switzerland County’s Dominic Klem (13 rushes, 76 yards and a touchdown) then added a 3-yard run with 6:10 on the clock.

The Pacers kept the scoring rolling, as freshman Bryce Turner scored on a 29-yard run after a Zach Howlett fumble recovery.

Turner then gave the Pacers a 25-20 lead with 2:49 left until half; and Eddie McCarty picked off Rotenberger to seal a 25-20 halftime advantage for Switzerland County.

Turner’s third touchdown of the game came on a 14-yard run with 9:43 left in the third quarter; and White’s PAT made the score 32-20.

Courter (5-for-11 for 61 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions) was then picked off  a second time.

On fourth and two at its own 17, the Lions quarterback picked up the first down — but the drive stalled as Rock Creek was called for offensive pass interference.

Dez Lange then raced 60 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter; and that was followed by Dathan Brown scoring on a 40 yard run with 8:26 left. White (a key clog in the school’s soccer team) made both PATs for a 46-20 lead.

Rock Creek’s Browning-Sloan streaked 92 yards on the ensuing kickoff with 8:26 left to notch another Rock Creek score; and Rotenberger found Young for a third touchdown for 91 yards with 33.4 seconds left.

The Pacers were content to take a knee and victory formation, but Rock Creek used all three time-outs and forced the Pacers to punt.

Switzerland County finished with 366 total yards including 305 on the ground; while Rock Creek finished with 264 yards in the air.

The game was marred by several personal foul/unsportsmanlike conduct calls and the lack of a play clock resulted in numerous delay of game calls.

The Pacers (2-0 in conference play, 4-2 overall) host South Decatur tomorrow (Friday) night.

Bryce Turner