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Wildcats Have Long Trip to Van High School

By Staff | Oct 25, 2017

Paden City took the four hour drive to Van High School on Friday night in hopes of coming back with their third victory of the season. However, things didn’t work out in their favor and the drive home seemed even longer.

Van started out strong leading 35-0 after the first quarter and increased the lead to 48-0 at the half. The second half was played under the mercy rule with less time on the clock. The Wildcats managed to get two scores one in the third quarter on a fumble recovery in the end zone by Ryan Cross and the second in the fourth quarter on a one yard run by cross as well. The home team howvever added 18 points of it’s own for the final score of 66-12.

“We new going in they had a nice team and it was going to be tough. They have one of the best running backs in the state who looked to me like a D1 player. We played hard but we just couldn’t get the stops and make the plays we wanted. The kids never gave up, they were just outnumbered and Van’s experience took a toll on us. Obviously the turnover killed us but we will regroup and try to get things going against Beallsville, on Friday. We still have some kids banged up which makes it difficult to field a team, ” said coach Brent Croasmun.

Paden City finished the game with 139 yards rushing on 35 attempts. Ryan Cross had 14 carries for 74 yards, Clayton Thomas picked up 24 yards on nine carries, Marcus Allen got 24 yards on four totes, Garrett Cross had one carry for four yards, Ethan Cross got a yard on two carries and Mike Shreves ended with 12 yards on five carries.

The Wildcats were 5-15 passing for 19 yards and five interceptions, with E. Cross grabbing two for nine yards, Bryant McKay caught one for four yards, G. Cross one for five yards and Jason Anderson one for a yard.

The Wildcats record now stands at 2-6 with two games remaining. They will travel to Beallsville, Ohio on Friday for a 7 p.m. game and have Valley on November 3, in a home contest to end the season.