The Wildcat varsity football team heated up the cool September evening in Paden City on Friday night as the Green and White simply roasted the Hundred Hornets, 60-0.
In a festive Homecoming celebration in front of their biggest crowd this season, the Wildcats secured their second win of the 2011 season in fine fashion.
The 'Cats took their time in putting points on the scoreboard, not scoring until just under five minutes on the clock when senior Peyton Hinkley ran in a 15 yard pass from quarterback Zach Heasley for the first six of the night. Fellow senior, Taylor Still, ran the two point conversion in to put the score at 8-0. Before the first quarter ended, Still struck pay dirt again, this time on a 25 yard run for a touchdown.
In the second period of play, Paden City padded the score by 20 more points including a nine yard run by Still; a 10 yard pass reception from Hinkley; and another run, this time 60 yards by Still to put the home team up by score of 34-0 at the break.
Junior Aaron Higgins took little time in putting the Green and White on the scoreboard in the third stanza, returning an interception 50 yards for six points with 8:59 to play. Before the third ended, it was Bidwell on a one yard run for six more points, followed by a Heasley extra point kick.
The 'Cats scored 12 points in the fourth quarter with freshman Craig Allen scoring on a four yard run and fellow freshman, Brandon Cross, scoring on a one yard run to give Paden City their second win of the season.
"Everybody did their job and this was the outcome," said head coach of the Wildcats, Brent Croasmun. "We changed up a few positions and used our freshmen, and I was happy with the result. Our second team played the entire fourth quarter, and again, did what they were supposed to do."
Paden City achieved 16 first downs in the game, rushing for a total of 345 yards. The 'Cats passed for 56 yards for a total of 401 offensive yards in the contest.
The Hornets had seven first downs, rushed for 29 yards and passed for 66 yards for a total of 82 yards in the game.
Taylor Still was the leading rusher for the home team on the night rushing times in the game for 204 yards and three touchdowns; Geoffrey Bidwell, rushed eight times for 75 yards and one touchdown; James Baker ran the ball four times to gain 18 yards; Craig Allen rushed five times for 17 yards; Brandon Cross carried the ball four times for 15 yards.
Paden City quarterback, Zach Heasley, completed three of four passes for 48 yards; Bidwell completed one-of-one for eight yards.
Peyton Hinkley caught three passes for 37 yards against the Hornets including two touchdowns; Kennedy Cain had one catch for 19 yards.
Defensively, senior Trey Leonard was credited with seven tackles, two for a loss, one quarterback sack and one fumble recovery; Matt Barker had seven tackles, four on special teams; HInkley had six tackles, one for a loss; Jay Billiter, six tackles; Cain, six tackles, one QB sack, one fumble cause and batted down a pass; Still, five tackles; Kyle Staton, five tackles, one QB sack, one tackle for a loss; Jared Stewart had five tackles; and Aaron Higgins had one interception returning it 50 yards for a TD.
"Our offensive and defensive linemen have done a very good job in the last two games," Croasmun said. "Our defense has completely dominated the line of scrimmage and that's what we need to continue to do."
On Friday the Wildcats will travel to Cameron to take on the Dragons, a game that will test the pass defense of the Green and White.