PC falls to Toronto, 22-22
The Paden City Wildcat football team traveled to Toronto, Ohio, on Friday to take on the 5-2 Red Knights. Unfortunately, the ‘Cats returned home with their fifth loss of the season when the game was over, 48-18.
“We made too many mistakes to win this game,” said Brent Croasmun, Paden City head coach. “In the first quarter the score was 14-6 and we had a chance to catch up, but we gave up a touchdown just before the half and that took the wind out of our sails.”
Toronto put two scores on the scoreboard in the first period of play to force Paden City into playing catch-up. Before the first ended it was junior Deven Price pulling down the 54-yard pass from Zach Heasley for the first Wildcat touchdown of the game.
With the Red Knights adding another score just before the half, the teams went to the locker room with the home team ahead, 14-6.
Toronto scored first in the third period on a quarterback keeper and was answered by Paden City as Price brought down another Heasley pass, this time for 13 yards to increase the Green and White’s score.
Before the game ended, the home team added three more touchdowns to pad their lead. Senior Brandon Cross rambled a one yarder in on the last play of the game to put an end to all scoring in the game for the night, giving the Knights the 48-18 win.
“It was very frustrating,” Croasmun said. “We just made too many mistakes.”
Paden City gained 28 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries in the game; Toronto had 279 yards and five touchdowns on 36 carries. Wildcat quarterback, Heasley, completed 25 of 35 passes for 263 yards and two touchdowns. Toronto completed eight of 12 for 141 yards and two touchdowns.
The ‘Cats achieved 12 first downs in the game, while the Knights had 16. The Wildcats were penalized four times for 32 yards; the Red Knights were caught three times for 35 yards.
Cross was the leading ball carrier for the Wildcats, gaining 64 yards on eight carries and one touchdown.
Luke Cooper caught eight Heasley passes for 96 yards. Hayden Hizer had seven catches for 31 yards; Price, four catches for 79 yards and two TD’s; Cross, three catches for thirty yards; and Craig Allen caught three passes for 27 yards.
Senior Spencer Billings led the defense with 12 tackles, nine solo; Hizer had eight tackles; Cross, seven tackles; Cooper, six tackles; Denton Thomas, six tackles; Dakota Gatian, five tackles; and Allen, five tackles.
The Wildcats will host the South Harrison Hawks on Friday at Berger Field. Senior night activities will take place immediately preceding the game, with the kick-off scheduled for 7 p.m.