Pacer gridders open season with loss at Bracken County, 54-26

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The Switzerland County varsity football team opened its season with a long trip to Bracken County, Kentucky on Friday night, August 19th; and after a hard-fought battle, the Pacers came up short, 54-26.

Bracken County got on the board first, with Jonathan Latella scoring on runs of 3- and 2-yards. He also connected on the point after kick following his second touchdown run, giving the Polar Bears a 13-0 lead at the end of the first quarter of play.

Latella continued his strong play as the second quarter got underway, scoring on another 2-yard run. Logan Teegarden converted the extra point, putting Bracken County up by a 20-0 count.

Switzerland County then got its offense moving, with Pacer quarterback Casper Stow scoring on a 5-yard run to make the score 20-6 at the half.

Bracken County attempted to break open the game in the third period, getting a punt return by Teegarden for a touchdown as well as the PAT kick; and that was followed by a 48-yard scamper by Tad Fisher. Teegarden’s point after made the score 34-6 in favor of Bracken County after three quarters.

Coach Ryan Jesop’s team continued to battle, and the final quarter got underway with Cameron Niswander breaking free for a 72-yard run to again dent the scoreboard for Switzerland County. Jonny Thompson powered his way in to convert the two-point conversion, and it was 34-14 with lots of time to play.

Latella then went back to work for the Polar Bears, scoring on a 1-yard run and following that with a 42-yard run that pushed the lead up to 47-14.

Again, Switzerland County answered, as Kyle Whitham broke free and found pay dirt following a 44-yard pass from Stow, cutting the lead down to 47-20.

A 15-yard run by Teegarden and the ensuing PAT again gave Bracken County a 54-20 lead; and the final score of the night came when Stow found receiver Will Pike for a 3-yard touchdown pass that made the final score 54-26.

Despite the loss, things look promising for an exciting season of Pacer football, and Switzerland County looks to notch its first varsity victory tomorrow (Friday) night when Gallatin County comes here for a home game that will kick off at 7 p.m.