Courter’s six touchdown passes leads Pacers to gridiron win, 40-12
It was a record-breaking opening game last Friday night for the Switzerland County Pacer varsity football team, as quarterback Damion Courter and receiver Hunter Records led the homestanders to a 40-12 demolition of the Crawford County Wolfpack.
Courter was nearly perfect on the night, throwing a record six touchdown passes and amassing 251 yards of 9-of-18 pass attempts. The senior quarterback also rushed for 21 yards and added in a 39-yard kickoff return.
Records, a match up nightmare for opposing secondaries, was unstoppable, making four receptions for a school record 162 yards and a pair of touchdown catches — including a 69-yarder that saw Records shake off several Wolfpack defenders on his way to the endzone. Records didn’t stop there, as he also had an interception while playing defense.
Lucas Hutchinson also had an outstanding game on offense, as he hauled in two passes for 43 yards — converting both catches into touchdowns; and he also had 15 yards rushing on the ground and three tackles on defense, including a tackle for loss.
But it was Crawford County who got on the board first, as the Wolfpack pulled off an onside kick to start the season, and after gaining some field position, Crawford County scored on a 13-yard quarterback keeper with 4:08 left in the first quarter. The two-point attempt was denied, and Crawford County held a 6-0 lead.
It didn’t last long, as Courter connected with Records for a 27-yard touchdown pass with 1:26 left in the opening frame, and when JW Goldsberry’s point after attempt was good, Switzerland County had a lead it would never relinquish.
In the second quarter, Courter and Records hooked up again, this time on a 40-yard strike, and again Goldsberry’s PAT was good, and with 6:23 to play before the half, the Pacers were in front by a 14-6 count.
Crawford County attempted to control the game and the clock on the ground, but Pacer defenders Zach Weaver, who had three tackles for loss and three sacks in the game, along with Kyzick Byrum (six tackles) and Joe Earls (five tackles) controlled the line of scrimmage and gave the ball back to the Pacer offense.
Again Courter went to work — and again it was a strike Records, this time a 50-yarder that put Switzerland County deep in Wolfpack territory, but the Pacers couldn’t take advantage and gave the ball back to Crawford County in the closing minute of the first half, and the half came to an end with Switzerland County holding that 14-6 advantage.
The third quarter was where Switzerland County blew the game wide open, as the Pacers scored 20 points in the 12-minute period.
As with the start of the game, Crawford County dented the scoreboard first, as the Wolfpack got a 52-yard quarterback keeper that drew them to within two points, as again the two-point conversion failed.
The score didn’t phase the Pacers, as Courter hit Records for a 28 yard completion; and moments later the quarterback connected with Hutchinson for a touchdown pass, and after the PAT, Switzerland County held a 21-12 lead with 8:53 left in the third.
As Crawford County attempted to settle themselves, it was time for Records to make himself known on defense, as the junior intercepted a pass and put the offense in business on the Wolfpack 39 yard line.
That set up Courter’s next touchdown toss, this time a four-yarder to Dakota Wallace, and with the added PAT, the score ballooned to 28-12 with 3:26 left in the third.
As the third quarter wound down, Courter and his arm went back to work, this time throwing a touchdown pass to Matt Davis with just 21-seconds remaining in the frame. This time the PAT was blocked, but with one quarter to go, Switzerland County held a commanding 34-12 lead.
The final touchdown pass — and the final scoring opportunity of the night — came with 1:29 to play in the game, when Courter hit Hutchinson on a crossing route and the junior took it to the house for a 34-yard touchdown. The PAT was no good, but that made the final score 40-12, and sent the Pacer faithful home energized about the possibilities of an outstanding season.
“I was extremely excited to see the growth of Damion and our entire receiving corps,” head coach Ryan Jesop said. “Focusing on the little things in practice certainly paid off in a big way. We need to start stronger on defense to not put ourselves in a hole, but overall, our kids were aggressive and played well.”
Switzerland County hits the road tomorrow (Friday) as they cross the river to play Gallatin County in a 7:30 p.m. start.