Pacer football teams playing hard, learning much

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The Switzerland County High School junior varsity football team played hard last Friday night and kept the game close; but in the fourth quarter lightning caused the game to be called with Scottsburg leading 12-0.

Head Coach Ryan Jesop said that first game jitters, a rash of injuries, and weather kept the Pacers from capitalizing in the red zone throughout the night.

“We applaud our players attitudes, enthusiasm, and effort as many of them stepped onto the gridiron for the first time against a game opponent in a hostile environment,” Coach Jesop said. “We look forward to seeing everyone out at our home opener this Saturday night, when we battle Bracken County at 7 p.m.

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The Switzerland County ‘C’ team traveled to Owen County, Kentucky, this past Monday night to take on the Rebels.

Switzerland County found itself in a quick hole after two blocked punts on the goal line put them down 12-0. Things continued to snowball after that, including an injury to the starting quarterback, and the Pacers found themselves behind 36-0 at half.

Relying on its brave but inexperienced third-string quarterback, Luke Compton, the offense was unable to get things going; but the defense did hold Owen County to only 12 second half points in route to a final 48-0 decision.

Kyle Whitham anchored the Pacer defense; while Dustin Wallace and Trystan Kielbasa had some great plays on offense.

“The score isn’t an indication of how hard the Pacers fought,” Coach Jesop said. “The team features many freshman, sophomores and some juniors, many of whom have never played high school football before. Throw in the fact that some of these young men are also attempting new positions for the first time and you will see why the coaching staff and fans will always support their efforts.”

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The Pacer jayvee team will play its first-ever home game this Saturday night, August 30th, against Bracken County, Kentucky. The game will start at 7 p.m.

The ‘C’ team will return to the gridiron on Wednesday, September 3rd at Lawrenceburg. That game will get underway at 6 p.m.