The Switzerland County Pacer varsity football team earned its first victory of the season on Thursday night, defeating visiting Oldenburg Academy by a final score of 22-6 on the strength of an incredible three touchdown game by junior Gavin Reese.
The Pacers earned that first win with a big fourth quarter, scoring 15 points in the period.
The Twisters got on the board first, scoring on a one-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. The point-after attempt was no good, and the lead stood at 6-0 after the first period of play.
Switzerland County would then reel off 22 unanswered points, starting in the second quarter when Reese hit pay dirt with a three-yard touchdown carry with 7:25 left to play in the half. Levi Goldsberry’s PAT kick was good, and the Pacers led 7-6.
That score held through halftime and the third quarter, but it didn’t take long for Switzerland County scoring to explode in the fourth.
With 5:48 to play, senior defender Carl Abplanalp broke through the Twister line and made the tackle in the Pacer end zone for a safety and a 9-6 lead.
After receiving the kick as a result of the safety, with 4:18 to play Reese broke free again for a 19-yard touchdown run. Again Goldsberry’s PAT was true, giving the Pacers a 16-6 advantage.
Reese’s final touchdown of the trio came with 1:05 to play, when he converted a two-yard run to make the score 22-6. This time the PAT was no good, but that didn’t matter as the Pacers earned their first win of the year in four tries.
Switzerland County’s offensive damage was done on the ground, led by Reese, who had 80 yards rushing on nine carries and his three touchdowns. Reese also had one reception for four yards.
Tyler Hoskins was also busy on the ground, recording a team-high 17 carries for 64 yards, including a long run of 42 yards. Hoskins also had a 22-yard pass reception.
Pacer quarterback Matt Davis had a quiet night, going just 2-for-6 passing for 26 yards; and he also had 15 rushing attempts with a long of 20 yards.
Defensively, Abplanalp was a beast. He finished the game with eight tackles, five tackle assists, one sack, five tackles for loss, and also recorded the safety.
Colton Skaggs had two tackles, three tackle assists, and an interception; Mike Galbreath had two tackles, three tackle assists, one tackle for loss and a fumble recovery; Colton Parks had two tackles; Davis finished with one tackle, one tackle assist and two interceptions; Reese had one tackle, six tackle assists, one sack and one tackle for loss; Brevon May had one tackle, four tackle assists, one sack and one tackle for loss; Gabe Rose had one tackle and three tackle assists; Daniel Whitham had a tackle; Hunter Smith had a tackle; and Sam Galbreath recorded a tackle assist.
Switzerland County now looks to keep its winning ways alive tomorrow (Friday) night, when the Pacers entertain Eminence (Kentucky) High School with kickoff set for 7 p.m. It’s Fall Homecoming, with the Queen and King crowned at halftime.
The Warriors come to Switzerland County with an overall record of 5-1 on the season.