Beallsville defeats PC, 42-18
Friday night found the Wildcats of Paden City playing in the rain and mud again, this time at home hosting the Beallsville Blue Devils. The Devils defense found their footing early though, and handed the ‘Cats their fifth loss of the season, 42-18.
The two teams played a scoreless first quarter of football, in muddy, but mostly dry conditions. In the second quarter, the rains came, so did the scoring.
“Our field was a little muddy because of all the rain we’ve had, but we haven’t played at home much lately, so it wasn’t in bad condition,” said Brent Croasmun, head coach of the Wildcats. “We held our own in the first quarter, but they had some big guys who overmatched our younger kids on the line of scrimmage.”
Beallsville was the first team to score with 9:40 left in the second on a one yard run. About three minutes later, Paden City’s Malachai Anderson was quick enough to recover a fumble in the end zone for a Wildcat touchdown. The kick after failed though, leaving Paden City trailing by one, 7-6.
Beallsville’s Mellinger ran three yards for a TD with 6:03 to go, followed by the extra point kick. But the ‘Cats were quick to answer as Taylor Still returned a kick-off 81 yards for six points. The two point conversion failed, leaving Paden City still trailing, 12-14.
Within seconds of the Paden City score, the Blue Devils found pay dirt with a 65 yard pass from Teryn Jarrett to Logan Groves. The kick was centered, and the score headed to the half had the visitors nine points ahead, 21-12.
The third quarter started off with yet another Beallsville score, and then with 7:25 to go in that quarter, Wildcat junior Anderson scooted three yards for the touchdown for the home team, but the kick failed.
The Devils scored twice more while holding Paden City scoreless for the rest of the game, taking the win, 42-18.
“They were a good team,” Croasmun said. “They are a well coached team and have a good defensive line.”
Beallsville achieved 15 first downs in the game to Paden City’s 12. The Devils rushed for 251 yards on 36 carries and had 125 passing yards for a total of 376 yards in the game. Paden City gained 120 yards on 39 rushes and 59 yards passing for a total of 179 yards in the game.
Beallsville lost one of two fumbles and were penalized four times for 60 yards.
The Wildcats had three penalty flags thrown on them for 20 yards.
Taylor Still led Paden City’s rushing game, gaining 64 yards on 19 carries. Malachai Anderson had 17 rushes for 53 yards; and Keith Hardbarger had three rushes for three yards.
Josh Bennett caught four passes for 49 yards in the game and Still had two catches for 10 yards.
Paden City will host the Valley Lumberjacks on Friday which will be senior night at Berger Field. Paden City senior band members, football players and cheerleaders will be recognized prior to the game which begins at 7:30 p.m.