Pacers fall to Batesville in football

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The Switzerland County Pacer freshman team traveled to Batesville last Thursday night to take on the Bulldogs in their third game of the season.

The game started out as a slugfest with both teams going back and forth at one another before Batesville put the first score on the board on a long run to the outside. The Pacers answered with a nice drive down the field of their own, and in six plays tied the score up on a short pass from Hunter Hayes to Dakota Fuller.

“Dakota caught the ball and with some crafty running, was able to turn it into a 43 yard touchdown,” Coach Ryan Jesop said.

Batesville put together a long drive of their own and took the lead back on another sweep to the outside. The Pacers refused to settle or tire out this game, but some costly interceptions and fumbles proved to be too much for our inexperienced players to overcome.

“We threatened offensively the entire game at putting another score up, even pushing the Batesville defense back to their own goal line on the final play of the game,” Ryan Jesop said, “But Kollin Hayes couldn’t quite break the plane of the goal line as time expired.”

The final score was 54-6.

Coach Jesop said that all players saw the field and showed a lot of improvement.

“We are constantly finding new players/positions and refining our skills,” he said. “It may not be obvious by the scores, but there are a lot of positive improvements each game. The offensive line gave our backs much more time to operate and our defense, in spurts, is making strides in pursuing and wrapping up the ball carriers. Team tackling and angles are something we need to improve on to give ourselves a chance to compete each defensive series, but there were now, at least, a lot of players in the right positions to make plays that previously were not.”

The Pacers return home this Saturday night, September 21st, to host Carroll County. Tailgating for the game gets underway at 5:30 p.m., and the game will begin at 7 p.m. Come and support the Pacers.