Edinburgh got on the board first, but it was Switzerland County that finished strong, pulling away for a 44-6 win Friday in a matchup of two winless teams.
The Lancers (0-4), who had scored just 20 points in their first three games, got on the scoreboard right before the end of the first quarter when quarterback Tyson Sackman hit Dillon Simpson on a 25-yard touchdown pass. Edinburgh’s two-point conversion run failed, but the Lancers still led 6-0.
The rest of the game belonged to Switzerland County. The Pacers (1-2) answered Edinburgh’s score with a touchdown of their own midway through the second quarter to take the lead and never looked back.
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Switzerland’s go-ahead was set up by a great defensive play. Edinburgh had driven down to the Pacer 29 and appeared ready to add onto its lead, but Sackman’s pass in the flat on the left side of the field was picked off by Switzerland’s Dathan Brown, who returned it 63 yards to the Lancer 17-yard line.
The Pacers didn’t wait to long to cash in on the interception and went ahead 8-6 on Tryston Kielbasa’s 3-yard touchdown run and Kyle Whitham’s two-point run.
After stopping Edinburgh on fourth down deep in its own territory, the Pacers scored again on a 29-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Damion Courter to Cameron Niswander. Another Whitham two-point run made it 16-6.
Switzerland played add-on with three more touchdowns and a pair of two-point conversions in the third quarter to turn the game into a rout. The last of those scores came on a wild play as time expired.
Edinburgh marched down the field on the strength of three Switzerland roughing penalties to reach the 1-yard line and was poised to score. But Hunter Dean was stripped by the Pacers’ Isaac Slover, who then rumbled 99 yards for the score and a 38-6 lead.
Switzerland added a final score early in the fourth quarter when Tre Batchelor raced 36 yards for a TD.
Edinburgh, which turned the ball over five times, including three interceptions, is back on the road next week against South Decatur.