Switzerland County’s Matthew Davis (8) congratulates Dakota Wallace (22) after Wallace’s interception on Friday against North Decatur. (Photo by Stephanie Hellmann)
Switzerland County’s Matthew Davis (8) congratulates Dakota Wallace (22) after Wallace’s interception on Friday against North Decatur. (Photo by Stephanie Hellmann)
Switzerland County never gave up, but just didn’t have the horses to keep up with North Decatur as the Chargers rolled 44-0 in football action Friday night.



The Pacers simply struggled offensively all night, managing only two first downs for the game while suffering its second-straight shutout loss. However, Switzerland coach Ryan Jesop was pleased with the effort his team showed against one of the best teams in the Mid-Indiana Football Conference.



“I was proud of our boys. I told them at halftime that it was the closest we have ever been to North Decatur. I think we earned their respect tonight,” Jesop said. “With all the adversity this team has faced over the past couple of weeks with roster changes, school, and of course the pandemics, I’m proud of the way they fought tonight. They didn’t quit and were so supportive of each other and the seniors were encouraging the underclassmen all the way to the end.”



It took less than a minute for the Chargers to get on the board as quarterback Carson Parmer tossed a 65-yard touchdown pass to Reid Messer to give North a 6-0 lead. The Chargers weren’t done scoring in the first half as Messer ran in two touchdowns — from two- and one-yard, respectively — to give the Chargers a 22-0 lead.



The Chargers (6-2, 3-1 MIFC) kept rolling on offense in the second half as Messer continued his outstanding game by returning a punt 55 yards for a touchdown that made the score 30-0. Just a few moments later, Parmer showed off his arm once again by throwing a 55-yard touchdown to Logan Koehne for a 37-0 lead.



The Chargers then rounded out their scoring for the night on a 25-yard touchdown run by Jalen Lopez.



Switzerland County, meanwhile, couldn’t mount an offense to challenge North. The Pacers played with a new quarterback, Matt Davis, after senior starting quarterback Damian Courter quit the team a week ago.



Jesop is already looking to the future with Davis under center.



“Matt Davis is the quarterback of our future and what you saw tonight was the offense of our future with the double wing offense,” Jesop said. “We want to get him as many reps as possible. He’s facing the best teams on our schedule and we want him and all the underclassmen to get as much time as possible that way we can take that next step and start competing for championships.”



Switzerland managed just 14 total yards in the game, all on the ground, and did not complete a pass while recording just two first downs. North Decatur, meanwhile, had 353 total yards and 14 first downs.



Nick Gatto and Davis each had six tackles to lead the Pacer defense with Dakota Wallace grabbing an interception.



Switzerland County, now 3-4 overall and 0-3 in the MIFC, will wrap up their regular season next Friday night when it travels to Milan (4-3, 3-0 MIFC) to take on the Indians before returning home on Oct. 23 to open up sectional play when it hosts Class 2A No. 6 Triton Central.