Paden City Wildcats defeat Rockets at Berger Field, 47-14
The Paden City Wildcat football team played host to the Conotton Valley Rockets on Friday at Berger Field on a cold rainy night and sent the other Green team home with the loss, 47-14.
Rain pelted down hard on both teams and spectators on Friday throughout the game, but the ‘Cats put their best foot forward and came out with their third win of the season while keeping the Rockets winless on the year.
“The field took on a lot of water this week,” said Wildcat head coach, Brent Croasmun. “It wasn’t to bad in the first half, but it turned to mush in the third and fourth quarters. It was a muddy mess, but they had the same conditions we did. We were glad to get out of the game without injury.”
The ‘Cats took very little time to light up the scoreboard as senior Brandon Cross ran in three yards for the first touchdown of the night with 9:01 to go in the first. Senior quarterback, Zach Heasley, then tossed a short pass to junior Luke Cooper who scored the two after points to put the home team in the lead by eight.
Still in the first, Heasley scored a TD on a quarterback keeper followed up with two more points on another pass to Cooper. Before the first period could end, Heasley connected with Deven Price on 26 yard pass for six more points on the Paden City side of the scoreboard.
On the kick-off, the Rockets managed to get on the board as they returned the kick-off for six.
The ‘Cats took control of the ball again in the second quarter, adding 19 points to their score as Heasley connected with Price three times for three touchdowns: a 26 yarder, 30 yard and 24 yard pass, and one good extra point kick by Cooper, giving the Wildcats the 41-6 lead at the half.
About half way through the third period, it was the ‘Cats Brandon Cross making good on a six yard run to tack six more points onto the home team score.
Conotton Valley would add six points on a nice 70 yard pass play in the last stanza of the game, followed by the two point conversion, but it mattered little as Paden City pocketed their third win of the season in fine fashion, 47-14.
“We tried a few different things,” coach Croasmun said. “We changed some things up and the kids responded well. Our younger kids got some good playing time and that’s always a plus to get them experience.”
The ‘Cats rushed for 203 yards in the game and threw for 192 for a total of 393 yards in the game. The Rockets had negative 21 rushing yards and passed for 103, putting their total positive yards at 82 for the game.
Paden City fumbled twice and recovered both, Conotton Valley lost four of six.
Heasley completed 13 of 16 passes for 185 yards and four touchdowns in the win.
Deven Price brought down all four touchdown passes, catching four for 100 yards even. Cooper had four catches for 38 yards; Hayden Hizer caught three passes for 20 yards and Cross was the receiver twice for 27 yards.
Cross led all Wildcat ball carriers with 23 rushes for 158 yards and 2 touchdowns. Hizer carried the ball nine times for 23 yards; and Heasley rushed six times for 33 yards and a TD.
Because they held possession of the ball for the majority of the game, the Wildcat defense did not see much time on the field. Defensive stats are as follows: Dakota Gatain, six tackles, one for a loss, a quarterback sack and recovered two fumbles; Hizer had six tackles; Spencer Billings was credited with four tackles and one fumble recovery; Cross had four tackles, one for a loss and one quarterback sack; Wesley Smith had a fumble recovery; and Cooper, one sack of the Rocket quarterback.
On Friday the Wildcats will host the Bishops of Bishop Donahue with a 4-2 record.
“Bishop is tough,” Croasmun said. “They’ll be bringing the best quarterback we’ve seen all year.”
The game is sure to be one fans will want to see. Kick-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.