Bishop Donahue defeats ‘Cats, 34-13
The Bishop Donahue Bishops football team visited in Paden City on Friday night and returned to Marshall County with the 34-13 win over the Wildcats.
Donahue (5-2) came into the game with a passing offense that gave the ‘Cats fits throughout the night, scoring in every quarter to take the win.
“We played hard and they have a good team with very good athletes, but we made a few mistakes that cost us,” said Wildcat head coach, Brent Croasmun. “We knew we needed to pressure their quarterback the entire game, and we didn’t do that enough. In a game like this, we really felt the loss of Logan Carroll. He would have made such a huge difference in our coverage.” (Carroll was put out with a season ending injury a couple of weeks ago.)
The Bishops put two touchdowns on the scoreboard in the first period of the game to take the decided 14-0 lead in the contest. In the second period of play, Paden City came alive and put points on their side of the scoreboard as senior quarterback, Zach Heasley, hit junior Deven Price with a 14 yard pass for six points. The TD was followed by a nice extra point kick by Luke Cooper, to put the home team behind by seven points in the game.
Before the second ended however, Bishop Donahue scored their third touchdown of the night on a 43 yard pass into the end zone.
The Bishops tacked on to their lead with touchdowns in the third and fourth periods, but the Wildcats made good on a one yard Brandon Cross run for six points with about four minutes to go in the game. The score was to late to make a difference in the outcome though, putting Paden City’s win/loss record at 3-4 at this point in the season with the 34-13 loss.
Paden City achieved seven first downs in the game compared to Bishop’s 14. The ‘Cats had 148 passing yards and 35 rushing yards for a total of 183 positive yards in the game. Donahue passed for 248 yards and rushed for 163 for a grand total of 411 on the night.
Heasley completed 14 of 27 passes for 148 yards, was intercepted once and passed for one touchdown in the contest.
Cooper was the recipient of six passes to gain 77 yards; Cross had four catches for 42 yards; Hayden Hizer brought down three passes for 15 yards; and Price caught a 14 yarder for a touchdown.
Cross led Paden City’s running game, rushing 12 times for 21 yards and a touchdown; Hizer carried the ball three times to gain 17 yards; and Heasley got five yards on six carries.
Defensively, senior Spencer Billings led the ‘Cats with 11 tackles; Cooper was credited with 10 tackles, a fumble recovery and a a fumble cause; Hizer, 10 tackles; Cross, seven tackles, one interception and one fumble recovery; and Rander Amos had five tackles in the game.
On Friday the Wildcats will travel to Toronto to take on the 6-2 Red Knights in a 7 p.m. game.