Paden City falls to Clay-Battelle, 47-16
The Cee Bee’s of Clay Battelle handed the Wildcats of Paden City their second loss of the season on Sept. 11, defeating the ‘Cats 47-16.
“They are a very good football team,” said Wildcat head coach Brent Croasmun of the Cee Bee’s. “We knew coming into the game that they were tough, but there was not a lot we could do against them. It’s just so hard for us to compete with 17 kids against teams like this. But we try.”
Clay Battelle lead Paden City 39-0 at one point of the game and then quarterback Malakai Anderson threw a 12 yard pass to Josh Bennett for one score and rushed in for another to score the only two Wildcat touchdowns of the game.
Bennett and Keith Hardbarger each ran in two-point conversions.
Anderson had a total of 127 rushing yards on 16 carries in the game. Bennett rushed six times to gain 18 yards and Hardbarger carried the ball four times for 22 yards.
Wildcat QB Anderson completed six of 16 passes for 59 yards and was intercepted three times.
Receivers for the ‘Cats include Mitchell Stewart catching two passes for 25 yards; Geoffrey Bidwell catching three for 21 yards; and Bennett’s 12 yard catch for a touchdown.
Defensively for the Green and White, Jarod Stewart led the pack with nine tackles. Bennett had eight tackles and Silas Davis, Kyle Staton and Hardbarger were credited with seven tackles apiece.
Anderson, Stewart and Michael Greathouse each had a fumble recovery in the game.
“We play a lot of sophomores,” Croasmun said. “We’re young and that’s a lot of our problem, but we’re also still making mental mistakes that we shouldn’t be making. We have to do better to be more competitive. But it’s hard to do when these kids only face eleven other players on the field across from them once a week, on game night.”
In the meat of their schedule, the Paden City Wildcats are finding it difficult to put a win in the books here in the early part of the season. Facing three tough teams in three weeks, the ‘Cats fell to Madonna a week ago, Clay Battelle last week and will face off with another tough opponent on Friday when Bridgeport comes to town.