Switzerland County quarterback Damion Courter fires a pass during the Pacers' home game against Trimble County. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
Switzerland County quarterback Damion Courter fires a pass during the Pacers' home game against Trimble County. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
Tre Batchelor scored five touchdowns and Damion Courter threw for three as Switzerland County rolled over Trimble County 40-22 in football Friday in Vevay.

The Pacers opened the game against a rebuilding Trimble team on fire, scoring on their first five possessions and building a 40-6 lead early in the second half. Trimble put together three scores in the fourth quarter against the Switzerland junior varsity for the final margin.

Coming out hot against a team that was playing its only varsity contest of the year was a priority for Switzerland, and head coach Ryan Jesop was pleased with what he saw.

“You just don’t know what to expect (against Trimble). We had no film, we had no scouting report. We really had no idea what kind of offense they would run or what defense they ran,” Jesop said. “We knew that they were young and inexperienced, but we’ve been young and inexperience too and you never know what could happen.”

Rebuilding after sitting out last season, Trimble County will play virtually a junior varsity schedule in 2019. The lone exception to that was on Friday when the Raiders took the field on Friday night against a varsity opponent.

In many ways, the result was predictable. Although just in its fifth season of varsity football, Switzerland County has grown leaps and bounds and entered the contest with two wins to open the season.

The Pacers wasted little time in turning the game into a rout. Batchelor scored his first touchdown on a 4-yard run less than five minutes into the game and, after Trimble fumbled the kickoff, added a 9-yard scoring run for a 14-0 lead.

Batchelor’s third score came in the form of a reception from Courter for five yards and his fourth was a 17-yard toss from Courter as the Pacers put 27 points on the board in the first quarter.

The only hiccup for Switzerland during the run was a 72-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Spencer Stark that put Trimble on the board in the first quarter. But a 12-yard pass from Courter to freshman Matt Davis gave the Pacers a 33-6 lead at the half.

Trimble coach Brian Simmins knew that his team was going to be in for an eye-opening experience in its first varsity contest and he wasn’t wrong.

“I feel confident that I have a group that is going to put Trimble County back on the map,” Simmins said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do this week and a lot of mistakes to fix and I think some of our guys had a little bit of a wake-up call today. But it is what it is. We’ll make adjustments and you learn a lot from adversity and you learn and grow from that and I think that’s what is going to happen to our group.”

The one thing Simmins was pleased to see was the way his team didn’t back down in the second half, despite facing a big deficit. The Raiders outscored Switzerland 16-7 over the final 24 minutes with all of those scores coming in the fourth quarter.

After Batchelor put his fifth touchdown on the board early in the third quarter on a 30-yard run to put the Pacers ahead 40-6, Jesop began rotating his younger players into the lineup.

Facing players as inexperienced as they were, the Raiders were able to put together some positive moves in the fourth quarter, starting with a 1-yard touchdown run by freshman Rickey Robinson and a 2-point conversion from Kaiden May early in the fourth to cut the lead to 40-12.

Trimble received a gift safety late in the game after Switzerland fumbled the snap on a punt out of the back of the end zone and the Raiders used the ensuing drive to score one final touchdown, on a 4-yard run by Robinson, for the final score.

Switzerland out-gained Trimble 303-144 on the night and was nearly balanced between its run and pass game. The Pacers threw for 146 yards — 133 by Courter on 11-of-17 passing — and ran for 157 yards, led by Batchelor’s 104 yards. Batchelor also led the Swiss in receiving, with three catches for 37 yards.

May, a freshman, rushed for 33 yards to lead Trimble and caught one pass for 25 yards to go along with his 2-point conversion. Robinson, normally a lineman, stepped into the quarterback role late in the second quarter and completed 2-of-3 passes for 31 yards and rushed nine times for 31 yards.

Switzerland opens play in the Mid-Hoosier Football Conference next Friday when the Pacers host Edinburgh in Vevay. Trimble County returns to junior varsity play when it hosts Eminence next Friday night.

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at Vevay

SWITZERLAND CO. 40, TRIMBLE CO. 22



TRIMBLE CO. 6 0 0 16 — 22

SWITZERLAND CO. 27 6 7 0 — 40



SUMMARY

1st Quarter

SC — Tre Batchelor, 4-yard run (J.W. Goldsberry kick), 7:45.

SC — Tre Batchelor, 9-yard run (J.W. Goldsberry kick), 5:41.

SC — Tre Batchelor, 5-yard pass from Damion Courter (run failed), 1:53.

TC — Spencer Stark, 72-yard kickoff return (run failed), 1:39.

SC — Tre Batchelor, 17-yard pass from Damion Courter (J.W. Goldsberry kick), 0:07.

2nd Quarter

SC — Matt Davis, 12-yard pass from Damion Courter (kick failed), 6:51.

3rd Quarter

SC — Tre Batchelor, 30-yard run (Levi Goldsberry kick), 11:29.

4th Quarter

TC — Ricky Robinson, 1-yard run (Kaiden May run), 11:49.

TC — Safety, 1:06.

TC — Ricky Robinson, 4-yard run (run failed), 0:28.

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TC SC

1st Downs 9 10

Rushes-Yards 39-107 19-157

Comp-Att-Int 3-5-1 12-21-0

Pass Yards 37 146

Total Yards 144 303

Penalties-Yards 4-40 7-70

Interceptions-Yards 0-0 1-20

Fumbles-Lost 2-1 2-0

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INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING — Trimble Co., Kaiden May (9-33), Ricky Robinson (9-31, 2TDs), Tucker Smith (8-30), Cody Johnson (4-7), Matt Kainer (1-2), Evan Foley (1-2), Spencer Stark (2-1), Damien Johnson (3-0), Jessup Smith (2-(-1)), TEAM (1-(18)). Switzerland Co., Tre Batchelor (8-104, 3TDs), Dathan Brown (4-55), Colbee Boatman (2-0), Matt Davis (6-(-8)), TEAM (1-(-8)).

PASSING — Trimble Co., Tucker Smith (1-2-0, 6 yards), Ricky Robinson (2-3-1, 31 yards). Switzerland Co., Damion Courter (11-17-0, 133 yards, 3TDs), Matt Davis (1-4-0, 13 yards).

RECEIVING — Trimble Co., Kaiden May (1-25), Cody Johnson (1-6), Jessup Smith (1-6). Switzerland Co., Tre Batchelor (3-37, 2TDs), Dakota Wallace (2-31), Matt Davis (2-21, TD), Joe Earls (1-16), Dathan Brown (1-14), Hunter Records (1-13), Lucas Hutchinson (1-9), Nick Gatto (1-8).

MISSED FIELD GOALS — None.