Wildcats Endure Long Ride Back Home
PADEN CITY – If making the long trip to Tygarts Valley wasn’t bad enough the long ride home may have been worse.
The young Wildcats had some good moments in the game, but not enough to overcome Tygarts Valley’s potent and bigger team. The host team scored 12 points in the first quarter on14 yard and 42 yard touchdown runs and opened the second quarter with a 40 yard run to put the game out of reach.
Wildcat seniors Aaron Heasley and Wesley Smith brought the visiting Wildcats’ fans to their feet when they hooked up on a 75 yard pass and catch play for the Wildcats first score Heasley then added the two point conversion run to make the score 18-8. From that point in the second frame Tygarts Valley scored the next four T.D’s and at the end of the third period the score stood at 47-8.
The fourth period however belonged to the Wildcats as sophomore hard nosed running back Mike Shreves took one in from three yards out for his first high school score and the Wildcats had 12 points on the board. The conversion run failed. With 2:00 minutes left in the contest, Smith got his second touchdown of the night when he bolted into the end zone from 11 yards out. The conversion run was again no good and the final score was Tygarts Valley 47- Paden City 20.
Paden City suffered two injuries in the first half as Heasley and Marcus Allen both missed the second half with shoulder injuries. Heasley was 9-13 passing in the first half for one touchdown and no interceptions. Smith had 135 yards and one touchdown on seven catches. The Wildcats picked up 76 yards rushing on 34 carries and two touchdowns.
Total yards for the Wildcats was 213 to 277 for Tygarts Valley.
The Wildcats fumbled twice losing both and were penalized four times for 20 yards. They had seven first downs to Tygarts Valley’s nine. The game was closer than the score appeared as the Cats two fumbles came on good drives and a bad snap gave Tygarts Valley great field position to set up a score.
“Turnovers, mental mistakes and poor tackling on defense gave Tygarts Valley big plays, hopefully we will learn from our mistakes and improve this week. We will continue to work to get better,” Coach Brent Croasmun said.
Leading the Wildcat rushing attack was Mike Shreves with 42 yards on 10 carries and Anthony Newman with 39 yards on two carries. Clayton Thomas gained 13 yards on 6 tries. Ryan Cross and Marcus Allen both had sacks on the night while Smith grabbed an interception. The Wildcats travel to Bridgeport, Ohio on Friday for a 7 p.m. contest with the Bulldogs.