‘Cats fall to Dragons, 24-12
In the pouring rain and on Homecoming night in Paden City on Friday night, the Wildcats gave up the win to the Cameron Dragons, 24-12.
Fresh off a nice win over the River Pilots the week before, the ‘Cats were poised to pocket their third win of the season when the Dragons came to town. Instead, Cameron slowly, but surely took control of the game going up two touchdowns on the Wildcats to take their second win of the season.
“We made some mistakes, had a few mental breakdowns, and had some very costly penalties in the fourth quarter,” said head coach of the Wildcats, Brent Croasmun. “Cameron came to play, and they played hard. They did a good job defensively against us.”
The Dragons opened up the scoring effort in the game about half way through the first period of play, scoring on a one yard run (kick failed).
In the second quarter, the Paden City faithful had something to cheer about as junior Deven Price recovered a fumble in the opening seconds and took it 20 yards down the field for the ‘Cats first score of the evening. The kick afterwards failed, putting the score tied at six-all.
With 4:37 to play in the half, Cameron added another six points to take back the lead only to be answered by senior Brandon Cross on a three yard run for six for the home team.
Before the time could run out on the clock to end the first half, the Dragons scored one more time on a 40 yard run to put the score at 18-12 at the buzzer.
Cameron would tack six more points on their score in the third period to cap off all scoring in the game, giving the Dragons the win over the Wildcats, 24-12.
“It was raining pretty hard at times and neither team could hold on to the ball to throw it,” Croasmun said. “Our field was really slick, but that’s no excuse. We allowed ourselves to make to many mistakes and we just couldn’t recover once we were down.”
Statistics for the game include quarterback Zach Heasley completing 16 of 31 passes for 182 yards.
Price caught three passes in the game for the Green and White for 44 yards; Luke Cooper had five catches for 45 yards; Hayden Hizer caught five tosses for 45 yards; Craig Allen had two catches for 32 yards; and Cross brought down two passes for 17.
Cross led all Paden City ball carriers with 35 yards gained on 15 carries and scored one TD. Heasley carried the ball 12 times to get 12 yards.
Defensively, Cooper was credited with 11 tackles in the game. He also had two tackles for a loss and one quarterback sack. Spencer Billings had 11 tackles, one for a loss; Rander Amos, nine tackles; Daulton Schultheis, eight tackles; Heasley, two tackles for a loss and one sack; Denton Thomas, seven tackles; Hizer, five tackles; and Price had one fumble recovery and ran it back for a TD.
Paden City will host 0-6 Conotton Valley on Friday at home with the kick-off scheduled for 7 p.m.