Cee-Bees hand Wildcats the loss, 54-14 in opener
The Paden City Wildcat football team took one on the chin on Friday at Clay-Battelle as the Cee-Bee’s handed the ‘Cats the 54-14 loss in the season opener.
“Clay Battelle has a good team, a very good team,” said Brent Croasmun, head coach of the Wildcats.
“We just couldn’t find our bearings for some reason. We started out well, but then we couldn’t make any headway. Zach Heasley took a pretty good hit early on in the first and had to come out of the game and that made a difference. But Hayden Hizer stepped in and though we had to run a different offense, he did pretty well.”
Offensively, the ‘Cats gained 157 rushing yards on the ground in the game: senior Kane Pyles collected 88 yards on eight carries and fellow senior, Brandon Cross, carried the ball nine times for 42 yards and one touchdown.
Paden City’s starting quarterback, senior Zach Heasley, completed six of ten passes for 44 yards before he went out of the game with an injury. Hizer took over the signal calling, completing seven of 12 passes for a total of 69 yards including a TD pass.
Cross caught six catches in the game for 68 yards; Pyles had four catches for 25 yards; Luke Cooper caught two passes for 17 yards and Hizer had a two yard catch.
Defensively, Logan Carroll led the team with 14 tackles. Cooper was credited with seven tackles and Pyles, Hizer, Dakota Gatain and Spencer Billings each had five tackles in the game.
The Wildcats have an open date this Friday and will see action again on Sept. 12 when they travel to Beallsville.