Wildcats Battle Cee Bees, Hawks and Mohigans
By Ed Parsons
Paden City Coach Brent Croasman recently took his summer football team on the road to Mon County for a seven on seven scrimmage against some pretty tough competition.
Last week, the Wildcats played down to the wire, but lost in overtime to Morgantown’s Mohigans. Next up, the Wildcats fell to University High’s Hawks by one touchdown before facing Clay-Battelle Cee Bees and dropping their third on the day.
Croasmun said overall, he was pleased with the Wildcats’ play especially considering that they are a very young and inexperienced squad.
“We played well at times, but we made a lot of mistakes. We’ll work hard as the season comes around to correct them. We do have some experience coming back, but we lost a lot. With only four seniors right now, it will take some time to iron things out,” he said.
Hayden Hizer, a senior leader, has not been able to participate this summer do to a shoulder injury and that has hurt the Wildcats. Aaron Heasley, the other senior leader, has played extremely well at the QB spot and is right on.
The other two seniors – Dalton Schultheis (nose tackle) and Wesley Smith (receiver) – will be heavily counted on this year to contribute to the Wildcats’ success. Croasman said he anticipates having about 24-26 players when the season starts. So far, 22 athletes have signed up to play ball.
“Summer time gives the younger kids a chance to show us what they can do. We’ll try and figure out where they can best help us,” Croasman said.
Looking to make an impact and someone who has played well this summer and last year is Rander Amos, a hard hitting junior who will be the leader of the defense. Amos will play mainly as a linebacker.
Other players Croasman will be counting on are juniors David Joy, Garrett Cross, both whom Croasman had high praise for, Marcus Allen, who has improved and will be an asset to the team, along with sophomore Mike Shreves, who can catch and run the ball and will also be counted on as a defensive back. E. J. Weber a big strong kid who will see a lot of line play. Ryan Cross, a sophomore, and Eathan Cross, a freshman, should both see plenty of playing time.
“The kids played hard this summer and came to practice and the games with great attitudes. August 1 will be the first day of official school practice, so we will go about four days running drills with helmets and then we’ll go full pads,” Croasman said.
According to Croasman, the Wildcats have picked up a few new opponents this year in Simms Valley, a small school in Ohio, plus Tygarts Valley and Hundred. He thinks that if they can cut down on mistakes and stay injury free, it could be a nice year for the Green and White.