Wildcats fall to Lumberjacks, 26-6
At Valley on Friday night, the Wildcats of Paden City fell to cross county rivals, the Valley Lumberjacks, 26-6.
With lead running back, Taylor Still out for the game due to injury, and the loss of sophomore starting quarterback, Drew Bidwell to injury early in the game, the odds were against the ‘Cats from the get-go.
“I didn’t know what we were going to do,” said head coach Brent Croasmun. “Our numbers aren’t large anyway, so the loss of one or two really hurts us.”
Junior Geoffrey Bidwell filled the slot quarterback slot for his younger brother, and held his own in the position. Bidwell connected on five of nine passes for 94 yards in the game.
“He did a good job in the position,” Croasmun said. “He hasn’t thrown a pass for us since very early in the season, and to step in and perform as well as he did was impressive.”
Bidwell also carried the ball 29 times to gain 85 yards and one touchdown. Ricky Reed had three carries for three yards; James Baker rushed twice for nine yards; and John Bates had one carry for three yards.
Peyton Hinkley was the leading receiver for the Green and White with three catches for 36 yards. Baker caught one pass for 30 yards and Jared Stewart had one catch for 28 yards.
Defensively, Jamie Billiter led all stats for the Wildcats with 11 tackles, one interception, a blocked extra point and a fumble cause. Hinkley was credited with 11 tackles, one for a loss; Kyle McFadden had seven tackles; Kyle Staton, seven tackles; Keither Hardbarger, seven tackles, one for a loss; and Trey Leonard had six tackles.
On Friday the Wildcats will play their last game of the season, at home on Berger Field. The team will welcome the 9-0 Bishops of Bishop Donahue.
Senior night ceremonies will take place immediately before the opening kick-off.