Pacer gridders fall to Gallatin County

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The Switzerland County Pacer varsity football team hit the road last Friday night to face Gallatin County (Kentucky), with both teams looking for their first win.

Gallatin County scored the first points of the game on its opening drive before the Pacers matched them with a drive of their own culminating in a Damion Courter to Kyle Whitham 23 yard touchdown pass in the corner of the end zone.

However, that would be the only points Switzerland County would be able to post in the contest, falling by a final score of 40-6.

Gallatin County would go on to score three more touchdowns before the end of the first half capitalizing on mental mistakes and turnovers made by the young Pacers.

The second half was much of the same, although Switzerland County played much better and limited the Wildcats to only one varsity touchdown before putting in the jayvee to close out the game.

“There are a lot of growing pains that we are experiencing right now as the speed of the game is much faster and the players are much bigger than what many of our key starters have faced before,” head coach Ryan Jesop said. “We will continue to work hard on the practice field and look forward to improving the fundamentals we need to fall back on in order to get our groove back and begin winning again.”

In the game, Courter finished 9-for-27 passing for 172 yards and a touchdown. Whitham had seven receptions for 106 yards receiving.

Trystan Kielbasa led the defense again in tackles with eight; while Cameron Niswander led the team in sacks with two on the night. Tre Batchelor was able to pick off one pass for his second interception in as many games.

Switzerland County returns home tomorrow (Friday) night when Trimble County (Kentucky) visits. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.