The Paden City Wildcats played their first game at home on Sept. 9, playing host to the Cee Bee's of Clay Battelle. The Cee Bee's defensive line gave the 'Cats more trouble than they anticipated though, handing the Green and White the loss to the tune of 51-14.
"Clay Battelle has a pretty good team," said head coach of the Wildcats, Brent Croasmun. "Especially their defensive line. They controlled the line of scrimmage, giving us trouble from the start. We missed some assignments early on, and that cost us. Hopefully we'll settle down and play like we can for the rest of the season."
The Cee Bee's put their first score on the scoreboard within the first two minutes of the game on an eight yard pass, followed up with a two point conversion.
Paden City answered that score with one of their own immediately as senior Taylor Still ran 78 yards for a hometown touchdown. The run failed however, putting the 'Cats on the downside of the 8-6 score.
Still in the first, Clay Battelle added two more scores to lead 24-6. By half time, the Cee Bee's led the contest by a 37-6 margin.
Even though they were down, the 'Cats never counted themselves out, adding another score to their side of the scoreboard before game's end with a 42 yard run from Still for six points. Craig Allen ran in the two point conversion to put the final score at 51-14.
Paden City had achieved eight first downs in the game to Clay Battelle's 14. The 'Cats collected 206 yards on 35 rushes while the Cee Bee's had 162 rushing yards on 31 carries. Paden City passed for 25 yards while the Blue passed for 144.
Offensively for the home team, Taylor Still ran the ball 16 times for 171 yards and two touchdowns, and Geoffrey Bidwell rushed 12 times for 27 yards.
Freshman quarterback, Zach Heasley, completed two of 10 passes for 25 yards. Peyton Hinkley had one catch for 14 yards; Kennedy Cain caught one for 11; and Craig Allen made a two point run conversion.
Defensively, Hinkley was credited with 11 tackles; Jay Billiter had nine tackles and recovered one fumble; James Baker had seven tackles; and Trey Leonard had six tackles and two quarterback sacks.
Paden City will play the Gilmer County Titans on Friday at Berger Field. The Titans come into the game with a record of 0-3, having had to forfeit to Wirt last week, unable to field a full team due to sickness and injury. The game will begin at 7 p.m.