Switzerland County lost a heart-breaking 45-44 football contest to Edinburgh in quadruple overtime Friday on the road.

In a battle of future Mid-Indiana Football Conference rivals, Edinburgh survived five turnovers and a hungry Switzerland County squad looking for its first ever varsity win as the Lancers scored their first win of the season.

The teams started slow and played a scoreless first quarter. Edinburgh led 14-7 lead at halftime when both teams scored in the final seven seconds of the half including a 65-yard kickoff return by the Lancers’ Zach Smiley on the final play of the second period.

The grind-it-out early before bang-bang scoring late finish to the opening half was a harbinger of what was to come in the second half and four overtimes. Edinburgh clung to a 14-13 lead after three quarters and regulation ended with the game tied 21-21 when the Pacers scored with under a minute left and converted for the two points to knot the game and force overtime.

The two teams scored in each of the four overtimes with the game tied 27-27 after the first, 33-33 at the end of the second and 39-39 after the third as the game extended on a series of failed conversions and point after kicks.

Switzerland County scored first in the fourth overtime and the Pacers came within a pass interference call in the end zone from pulling out the win.

The penalty came with Edinburgh trying to convert a third and goal from the 17-yard line. The pass was overthrown but the defensive contact drew the penalty. With new life after the penalty and a first and goal, Edinburgh got the touchdown to tie and finally kicked through the extra point to secure the win 45-44.

“The kids played tremendous tonight,” Switzerland coach Ryan Jesop said.

The Lancers were led by Shane Smith, who rushed for 236 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 33 carries.

Switzerland (0-5) hosts Scottsburg (1-2) on Friday night in Vevay. The Warriors, like the Pacers another first-year program, scored their first-ever win Friday night 52-26 over Rock Creek Academy in Scottsburg.