Pacers close season with 66-6 loss to Milan

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The Switzerland County Pacer varsity football team wrapped up its regular season last Friday night with a 66-6 loss at Milan.

Milan jumped out to an early 16-0 lead, but Switzerland County bounced back when Pacer quarterback Casper Stow connected with receiver Will Pike on a 55-yard pass play that took the ball into the Indian red zone. A short time later, Stow connected with Kenyon Bledsoe on a short pass that put the Pacers on the scoreboard.

It would be Switzerland County’s only score of the game.

The Indians, who would finish off its Mid-Indiana Football Conference slate with a perfect 5-0 mark, continued to pound its offense, rolling up 325 yard of offense for the game.

Milan would also flex its strength on defense, picking off two Stow passes, including one interception returned for a touchdown; and by halftime the lead had ballooned to 59-6 by halftime.

From there, it was a matter of running out the clock, with Milan managing one more score while keeping the Pacers out of the end zone.

The Pacers did have a spark on defense in the third quarter, when Harrison Griffis rushed in and had a big tackle for a loss, stripping the Indian runner of the ball in the process, which was recovered by Pacers Justin Green.

“Milan has some incredibly speedy receivers who blew the game open in the first quarter and never looked back,” Pacer coach Ryan Jesop said. “We tried to create match-ups defensively that would help combat their skilled players, but in the end we just couldn’t keep up. They are a very good team and are very deserving of the conference title.”

Switzerland County closed out the regular season with an overall record of 3-5; and the Pacers were 2-3 in MIFC play.

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Coming off three stinging losses, the Pacers now hit the road to open Sectional play tomorrow (Friday) night when Switzerland County goes to Triton Central.

The Tigers come into tourney play with an overall record of 5-4, having beaten Speedway on Friday night 42-39 to end a three-game losing streak. The Tigers and the Pacers had no common opponents during the regular season.

In other Sectional 38 games, Milan (7-2) travels to Union County (2-7); Northeastern (7-2) travels to Indianapolis Howe (5-4); and Centerville (3-6) hosts Eastern Hancock (4-5).

Planning on traveling to Triton Central for Friday’s game?

From the high school, take State Road 129 to State Road 421 at Versailles, and then continue on highway 421 to Greensburg.

From Greensburg, take Interstate 74 West towards Indianapolis, and continue to Exit 109, W 400 N/Fairland Road. From there, continue on Fairland Road to W 600 North. The school is located at 4774 West 600 North, Fairland, Indiana.

Projections say that the trip is just over 86 miles long, and should take approximately one hour and 40 minutes; but fans should be aware that there is construction on I-74 near Shelbyville that takes the highway down to one lane and could cause driving delays during peak hours.