The Switzerland County Pacers junior varsity football team hosted the Polar Bears of Bracken County, Kentucky, this past Saturday night. It was the first home game of the year for the Pacers.
The game started out with Switzerland County playing very well on both offense and defense; and after a long run by Dakota Fuller to the goal line, Hunter Hayes was able to sneak the ball across for a touchdown to give the Pacers an early lead.
Kyle Whitham kicked the first-ever extra point and the Pacers were on top 7-0 in the first quarter.
It didn’t last long, however, as on the ensuing kickoff the Polar Bears found a seam and ran the kickoff back for a touchdown. Their two-point conversion was good and Bracken County took the lead at 8-7.
The Pacers’ opponent then took advantage of Switzerland County’s inexperience, and recovered an onside kick on the very next play of the game.
The Polar Bears marched down the field and punched the ball in to make the score 14-7. This time, the Pacers defense stepped up and stopped the two-point attempt following the touchdown.
Switzerland County’s defense played well, and continued to hold the visitors scoreless the rest of the half with the help of some big plays. Elijah Hambrick had an interception and a long return for the Pacers.
The rainy conditions made it hard for the Pacers passing attack to get going and stifled its chances of putting any more scores on the board; while Bracken County’s running game found plenty of success in route to a 34-7 victory.
“There was a definitely an air of unfinished business in the locker room after the game that has been absent from our team thus far,” head coach Ryan Jesop said. “The kids really felt like they should have been more into the game and know they were deflated by the first quarter kickoff return. We will grow from these experiences and are determined to not let them keep us from success in the future.”
The jayvee team takes the field again tomorrow (Friday) night against Oldenburg Academy. The game will be played at the Franklin County Youth Field in Brookville, Indiana. The field is located at 900 Mill Street in Brookville, and the game will begin at 7 p.m.