Matt Davis runs rampant over Wildcats as Pacers move to 2-0 on the year
The Switzerland County Pacer varsity football team upped its early season record to 2-0 on Friday night with a convincing 21-8 victory over Gallatin County fueled by the legs and arm of Pacer quarterback Matt Davis.
The senior signal caller had a huge night, playing a role in all three Switzerland County touchdowns.
For the night, Davis had 17 rushing attempts for 183 yards and two touchdowns —including a 70-yard scamper in the third quarter.
In the air, he was just 2-for-4 as the Switzerland County running attack highlighted the offense, but he connected for 37-yards and a touchdown.
Both the Pacers and the Wildcats played to a scoreless first quarter before Davis got rolling in the second stanza, converting a five-yard touchdown run to give Switzerland County a 6-0 lead. Levi Goldsberry’s PAT was partially blocked and was no good.
After both squads got a halftime break, Davis went to work again in the third period, breaking free for the 70-yard run, and followed that with a keeper on the two-point conversion that made the score 14-0.
“The offensive line, consisting of Ethan McClellan, Darian Graham, Brevon May, Bryson Reynolds, and Hunter Smith did a great job blocking for Davis on the way to an impressive night of running yards,” Pacer head coach Ryan Jesop said. “Early mistakes have to be cleaned up as we move forward this year in order to win close games in the future. The defense also helped impose their will on our opponent from across the river, in route to this total team victory.”
Switzerland County’s final score came in the fourth period, when Davis put his arm to work, connecting on a 37-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Hoskins. This time Goldsberry’s PAT was good, and Switzerland County held a 21-0 lead.
Gallatin County got on the scoreboard as the game closed, converting a one-yard run for a touchdown and then adding the extra point for a final score 21-8.
In addition to Davis, Gavin Reese had 19 rushing attempts for 64 yards; Hoskins had two attempts for three yards; and Gabe Rose had a rush for four yards.
Defensively, Bryson Reynolds had five tackles and two tackles for loss; Hoskins had three tackles and two tack assists; Darian Graham had three tackles, four tackle assists and one tackle for loss; Rose had two tackles, one tackle assist and one tackle for loss; Colton Parks had two tackles and one tackle for loss; Aiden Covington had a tackle; Hunter Smith had a tackle and a tackle assist; Matt Markee had a tackle; and Gabe Jackson added a tackle.
Davis had four tackle assists; Reese had two tackle assists; Brevon May had four tackle assists; and Sam Galbreath had two tackle assists.
Parks had an interception on the night.
Switzerland County now stands at 2-0 on the year, and travels to Trimble County, Kentucky to play the Raiders.
The Pacers return to their home turf on Friday, September 9th, when they host Edinburgh.