The Switzerland County Pacer varsity football team played what could have been its best game of the young season on Friday night, but lost a heartbreaker at home to Owen County (Kentucky) by a final score of 26-12.
Owen County got on the board first with a 40-yard touchdown run by Hayden Sneed, but the PAT kick was no good, giving the Colonels a 6-0 lead; but the Switzerland County defense then rose up, causing a safety when the Owen County quarterback was trapped in the end zone by Pacer defender Colton Skaggs — and that ended the first period with Owen County in front by a score of 6-2.
In the second quarter, the Pacers had a chance to take the lead, but Owen County’s defense stopped Switzerland County on a fourth-and one from the five yard line; and then the visitors proceeded to go on a 95-yard drive that culminated in a 13-yard touchdown pass. Owen County then converted the two-point conversion, and took a 14-2 lead with 1:41 to go in the half — and that score stood for the halftime break.
Switzerland County then closed the gap with 9:12 to go in the third quarter when Pacer quarterback Matt Davis threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Hoskins. Switzerland County then converted the two-point conversion, and the score stood at 14-10 in favor of Owen County.
That score stood by most of the period, until Owen County’s Sneed again broke free for a 24 yard touchdown run. Again the point after try was no good, and after three quarters, Switzerland County trailed by a score of 20-10.
The final period saw Owen County again score a touchdown — this time on a 28-yard pass, and again the point after try was no good.
The Pacers capped the scoring with their second safety of the game, and that made the final margin of the game 14 points, as Switzerland County fell by a score of 26-12.
For the game, quarterback Davis was 13-for-26 for 198 yards and one touchdown; while on the ground Davis had 18 attempts for 104 yards, including a 64 yard scamper.
Gavin Reese had five rushing attempts for nine yards, and he also had a reception for two yards.
Hoskins led all Pacers in receiving with four catches for 108 yards and a touchdown; while Skaggs had six receptions for 63 yards and Michael Young added one catch for 14 yards. Daniel Whitham had one catch for 11 yards.
Defensively, Gabe Rose had five tackles, three tackle assists and one tackle for loss; Reese had four tackles, two tackle assists, one sack and one tackle for loss; Brevon May had four tackles and one tackle for loss; David had two tackles; Skaggs had two tackles, three tackle assists and one tackle for loss; and Whitham had two tackles and one tackle assist.
Carl Abplanalp had two tackles, two tackle assists and one tackle for loss; Mike Galbreath had two tackles and two tackle assists; Young had a tackle and a tackle for loss; Hoskins had two tackle assists; and Dylan Land had a tackle assist.
Rose and Skaggs each accounted for the safeties in the game; while Skaggs also had a fumble recovery.
Switzerland County stays at home tomorrow (Friday) night as the Pacers host Oldenburg Academy with kick off scheduled for 7 p.m.