The game started fast for the Pacers as they were able to march down the field on the legs of Hunter Hayes and Matt Roland. None of this would have been possible, though, without the O-Line’s herculean effort. Luke Birch, Cody “Frodo” Wilson, Devin Harris, Pete Records, and Brad Rickett dominated the line of scrimmage all night long and deserve a lot of credit for opening some big holes. After a long run by Matt Roland the ball rested on the one yard line. Hunter Hayes was able to sneak the ball up the middle for the first score of the night and Roland powered in the 2-point conversion to put the Pacers up 8-0. The Wildcats of Gallatin County put together a drive and were able to pass the ball in for a score and 2-point conversion with just 33 seconds left to close even with the Pacers at the half 8-8.
The second half opened with the Pacers getting a stop on downs and forcing the Wildcats to punt. At this point the game was a back and forth affair and faced with a 3rd and 15 the Pacers were backed up to their own 15 yard line. Mikey Gatto came in at QB and hit Hunter Hayes across the middle of the field with a perfect pass that he then raced up the sideline 85 yards to put the Pacers up by 6. Roland once again ran through a huge hole the O-line opened up and the Pacers were on top by a score of 16-8. The Wildcats spirits were down, but they continued to fight and move the ball down the field before a big interception by Will Pike turned the momentum of the game over to the Pacers for good. More tough running by Roland and Hayes followed by a great 3rd down catch by Pike, to secure another set of downs, and the Pacers were in business to put the game away. They did just that on another QB sneak up the middle for a touchdown by Hayes to put the finishing touches on a historic victory.
Final score: Switzerland County 22 Gallatin County 8