‘Cats win over Hornets
Spirit Week was celebrated in Paden City last week with the festivities culminating at Friday night’s High School football game between the Wildcats and the Hundred Hornets. The home team had something to celebrate when the whistle sounded to end the game, as the ‘Cats soundly defeated the Hornets, 49-8.
The win was the second of the season for Paden City, while the loss kept Hundred with a zero in the win column.
The game was scoreless until two minutes to go in the first when Paden City’s Mitchell Stewart caught an eleven yard pass from quarterback Malakai Anderson to put the first six points on the scoreboard. Anderson ran into the end zone for the two-point conversion to put the ‘Cats in the lead, 8-0.
Early in the second quarter, Anderson scored on a 29 yard run for the Wildcats and then tossed the pass to Geoffrey Bidwell for the two-point conversion.
Hundred’s only score of the game came with 9:01 left to play in the second, when Logan McDiffit ran 67 yards for six points. Tyrell Watson threw a pass to Dalton Kuhn to tack on the two extra points, putting the score at 24-8 with Paden City in the lead at the half.
Anderson started off the third quarter with another score for Paden City, running 44 yards for the TD. With only two seconds left in the third period, it was Paden City’s Taylor Still scooting in four yards to add to the home team’s side of the scoreboard.
The Wildcats raised the excitement level in the stadium in the fourth period of play by pulling down two interceptions and taking them both in for touchdowns. First, it was Anderson who snagged a Hundred pass and ran 94 yards for the TD; then Bennett did the same, taking the football 30 yards for six Paden City points. Anderson made good on the extra-point kick, putting the final score of the game, 49-8.
“Hundred had some nice athletes on their team,” said Wildcat head coach Brent Croasmun. “But we played hard and aggressive and were able to make things happen. Malakai also made a lot of big plays for us throughout the game.”
Team stats for Hundred include the team achieving seven first downs in the game. The Hornets rushed 24 times to gain 146 yards and had 71 passing yards for a total of 217 yards. They lost one of three fumbles and were penalized 11 times for 101 yards.
Paden City achieved 14 first downs in the contest and rushed 24 times to gain 146 yards. The team passed for 80 yards bringing the total plus yards for the night to 410. The ‘Cats were penalized 15 times which cost them 110 yards.
Individually for Paden City, Anderson ran the ball 18 times for 192 yards; Taylor Still had 18 rushes for 118 yards; and Josh Bennett carried the ball three times for 20 yards.
Bennett had four catches in the game for the ‘Cats totaling 58 yards; Mitchell Stewart caught one pass for 11 yards; and Geoffrey Bidwell had a catch for 10 yards.
Defensively, Still led the team in tackles with eight. Jamie Billiter and Jared Stewart were credited with six tackles each; Anderson and Keith Hardbarger each had five tackles; Michael Greathouse had two tackles.
Bennett had one fumble recovery, one interception and two tackles for a loss; Anderson had two interceptions and one tackle for a loss. Anderson completed seven of 10 passes for 80 yards.
All in all, it turned out to be quite the Spirit Week for Paden City, ending with a resounding win over their Wetzel County counter-parts. On Friday, the ‘Cats will travel to Marshall County to take on the 0-5 Cameron Dragons.
“Cameron has had some tough breaks against the teams they’ve been playing,” Croasmun said. “We’re going to have our work cut out for us, we have to be ready.”
The game will be played at Dragon Field in Cameron.