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Bridgeport takes close win over Paden City ‘Cats, 8-6

By Staff | Sep 24, 2014

Brandon Cross take the hand-off from Hayden Hizer

Hoping to get their second win of the season, the Paden City Wildcat football team traveled to Bridgeport, Ohio, on Sept. 19 to take on the Bridgeport Bulldogs, but returned to Wetzel County with the 8-6 loss instead.

“We are better than we played on Friday,” said head coach of the ‘Cats, Brent Croasmun. “They were beatable and we should have won that game, but we made some mistakes and missed some assignments and just couldn’t recover.”

The first score of the game came on an 11-yard run in the second period by the home team, capped off with a two-point conversion run to give the ‘Dogs the lead, 8-0.

Paden City got their only score of the game in the third period on a Brandon Cross two-yard run. The two-point run conversion failed.

For Paden City, this was the second loss of the season, while Bridgeport counted this win as their first this season.

“It was very disappointing for us,” Croasmun said. “We only ran 42 plays in the game, our defense was on the field most of the game. We’ve got to do better than this.”

Starting quarterback, senior Zach Heasley, returned from the injury list for the game, completing eight of 20 passes on the night for 123 positive yards and one interception.

Senior Brandon Cross was the leading rusher for the Wildcats with 54 yards on 14 carries and one touchdown. Kane Pyles rushed twice in the game for five yards.

Luke Cooper had three catches on the night for 46 yards. Deven Price caught two passes for 40 yards; and Hayden Hizer had two catches for 37 yards.

Defensively for the ‘Cats, Logan Carroll led the way with 13 tackles; Spencer Billings was credited with 11 tackles; Cooper, eight tackles; Cody Gatain had seven tackles and one for a loss; Pyles, seven tackles; Heasley had six tackles, one sack of the Bridgeport quarterback, and one tackle for a loss; and Hizer had five tackles in the game.

Paden City will host their first home game of the year on Friday at Berger Field when they welcome the River Pilots to town.

Kick-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.