Middle School football earns first win

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The seventh and eighth grade football team from Switzerland County Middle School earned the first win in middle school history last week when the Pacers defeated the Gallatin County Wildcats by a score of 14-6.

Switzerland County struck first on offense when quarterback Mikey Gatto found Kyle Whitham for a quick pass over the middle that he turned into a 55-yard touchdown. Austin South then ran through the left side of the line to put the Pacers out in front 8-0 with the successful two-point conversion.

Strong defense by the Pacer players in the first two quarters yielded only six points to Gallatin County; and Switzerland County took an 8-6 lead into the half.

In the third quarter, Mikey Gatto was able to scramble and rip off a big scoring run of 45-yards to put the Pacers up 14-6.

The second half saw more sound defensive plays by the Pacers as they shut down the Wildcat offense repeatedly even stopping one threatening drive in the fourth quarter with a timely interception in the redzone by Austin South.

Gallatin County refused to go away, though, and drove deep into Pacer territory before the Switzerland County defense rallied to push the Wildcats back and seal the victory on a sack by the defensive line as time expired.