Pacer gridders fall in defensive battle to Cougars, 18-6
The Switzerland County Pacer football team suffered its second loss of the year on Friday night when they fell in a road game to South Decatur by a final score of 18-6.
The Cougars got on the board first with a two-yard touchdown run in the opening quarter, and after the extra point attempt was no good, the score stood at 6-0 in favor of the hosts.
The second quarter opened with a Pacer score, as quarterback Damion Courter connected with Lucas Hutchinson on a two-yard pass. JW Goldsberry’s PAT attempt was no good, and the game was tied at 6-6.
That tie didn’t last long, as South Decatur received the kickoff and raced 60-yards on the return for a touchdown, putting the Cougars quickly back in front, 12-6.
That’s how the half ended, as both defenses were solid and stingy throughout the game.
After a scoreless third quarter, South Decatur scored the final touchdown on the contest in the fourth period on a two-yard run, creating the final 12-point margin of victory.
Offensively, Courter was 14-for-29 passing for 162 yards with a touchdown and also an interception; and he also rushed three times for 36 yards, including a 24-yard scamper.
Tre Batchelor had 10 rushing attempts for 32 yards; while Dathan Brown had five receptions in the passing game for 72 yards. Hunter Records also had five catches for 72 yards, including a 38-yard gain.
Batchelor had a catch for eight yards and Nick Gatto also had eight yards receiving. Hutchinson had just two yards receiving, but those yards provided the lone touchdown on the night for Switzerland County.
The Pacer defense has been stout all season, and Friday night was no exception.
Records, on his way to an outstanding all around year, had three tackles and three assists, including one tackle for a loss in the game; while Hutchinson also added three tackles.
Dakota King had three tackles and two assists, adding two tackles for loss; Brenon Smith had three tackles, two assists, and one tackle for loss; and Dakota Wallace had three tackles.
Batchelor added two tackles and two assists on the defensive side; Brown had two solo tackles, five assists and a tackle for loss; and Zach Weaver had two tackles, an assist, and a tackle for loss. Gatto had a tackle and an assist.
Continuing the strong team defense: Colbee Boatman had a tackle and five assists in the game; Joe Earls also had a tackle and five assists; Mike Galbreath had a tackle, two assists and a tackle for loss; and Kyzick Byrum had a tackle and two assists.
Switzerland County doesn’t get much of a chance to regroup, as Coach Ryan Jesop’s squad heads into the final two regular season games of the year, starting with a road trip to North Decatur (6-1) tomorrow (Friday) night before coming home to take on Milan (5-2) in the Senior Night finale on Friday, October 18th.
Sectional play then starts on Friday, October 25th. Switzerland County is in Sectional #39, and the Pacers currently sport the best overall record in the Sectional.
Also feeding into Sectional #39 are: Paoli (4-3), Triton Central (4-3), Providence (3-4), Mitchell (3-4), Clarksville (1-6), Union County (1-6), and Eastern Pekin (0-7).
The sites of the first round Sectional games will be determined by the IHSAA draw, which will be held this Sunday, October 13th, beginning at 5 p.m.
Those Sectional games will be played on October 25th, November 1st, and November 8th.