Paden City Defeats Southern Local, 20-19
Deven Price picked it up a loose fumble and raced 92-yards to pay-dirt, while Hayden Hizer put the explanation point with a two point pass to Luke Cooper to win a come-from-behind, 20-19 victory to open the season.
Hizer, scored the games first points on a one-yard keeper to give the visiting Wildcats a 6-0 advantage early in the first quarter.
However, Southern Local scored with 2:14 left in period one on a four yard run, and went on top after the conversion kick.
Southern scored on an18-yard TD pass to take an 13-6 lead at the break. They added another four yard TD scamper, before Cooper hauled in a 16-yard TD strike from Hizer to close the gap to 19-13 at the end of three periods of play.
Southern Local was about to put the game on ice late in the game, but the ‘Cats Hizer had other idea’s. He stripped the ball from the Southern’s quarterback and Price was Johnny-on-the-spot and picked it up and rambled 92-yards to pay-dirt to close the gap to 19-18.
Hizer would hook up with Cooper on the two-point conversion pass for the win.
“It wasn’t pretty, but we will take it,” said PCHS head coach Brent Croasmun. “We played without our top linemen in Dakota Gatian with a knee injury, and the boys hung in there and did what they needed to do to get the win.”
Southern won in every offensive statistic, but the scoreboard where it counts the most. Southern rushed for 262 yards and three scores, while the ‘Cats only managed nine yards on the ground. From the air, the ‘Cats out-dueled Southern 115 yards and two scores to 58-yards and no yards.
Southern had 12 first downs to 10 for Paden City, and lost 95 yards on 11 penalties to only 25 yards lost on only three infractions. Southern also had one turnover to none for the ‘Cats.
Defensively, Hizer and Rander Amos each recorded 10 tackles, while Logan Carroll sat down nine Southern ball carries. Cooper followed with eight stops, while Dauton Schultheis added seven and Price tackled six.
The Wildcats continue on the road Friday night when the visit Monarch Stadium to play Bishop Donahue at 7 p.m.