10/3/2013 3:00:00 PM Freshman close season with tough loss
The freshman football team from Switzerland County High School closed out its first regular season with a very competitive game against the junior varsity squad from South Decatur High School on Monday night.
The Pacer defense helped stop the Cougars on their opening drive, and the offense moved the ball downfield to put themselves in a position to take an early lead. The Pacer drive then stalled and the ball was turned over on downs.
South Decatur found a weakness in the second quarter, began driving the ball straight up the middle whenever it was in need of yards, and scored first to take an 8-0 lead.
Pacer head coach Ryan Jesop said that the wet field conditions wreaked havoc on the Pacers spread passing game, but after one bad snap, Quarterback Hunter Hayes was able to scramble and find wide receiver Casper Stow in the front corner of the end zone to put Switzerland County on the board. On the extra point play, Hunter Hayes found receiver Dakota Fuller at the one yard line, but after stretching for and touching the front pylon, he was ruled out of bounds inches shy of a successful two-point conversion attempt.
That made the score 8-6.
South Decatur used its size and experience to run most of the second half clock out by driving up the middle of the Switzerland County defense and putting another two scores on the board and pushing the lead to 20-6.
Coach Jesop said that the Pacers remained focused and competitive, driving the ball down to the South Decatur 15-yard line with under a minute remaining before turning the ball over on downs to end the game.
"After overcoming a tremendous learning curve and experience gap these young men have pulled together to perform admirably," Coach Jesop said. "To think they went from being blown out at their first game on August 29th to competing for a win at only their fifth game on September 30th is a credit to their diligence. I couldn't be more proud of the gains they have made on the field and hope to see the same strides being made in the classroom when the first grading period scores are released."