Paden City Comeback Rally Falls Short
Host Beallsville, jumped out to a 21-0 first quarter lead on Friday night and held on for a 35-20 win despite losing the battle of statistics. Paden City held a 15-5 first down advantage and out gained the Blue Devils 293-243 in total yards. However the Wildcats lost 2-3 fumbles and suffered two interceptions while the home team had no turnovers.
After falling behind by three scores the Wildcats Ryan Cross took the ball in from two yards out to make it a 21-6 game with 6:54 to play in the first half. Beallsville, came right back on their next series and added another score to make it 28-6 going into the locker room.
The Wildcats drew first blood in the second half when Cross added his second T.D. of the night on a one yard run for the only score of the third period. Wildcat, Marcus Allen added the two point conversion run and the Cat’s were back in the game 28-14.
The fourth quarter saw Paden City taking control of the line of scrimmage as they put together another scoring drive resulting in Cross’s third score of the game a three yard burst that pulled the Wildcats to within eight, with momentum on their side and plenty of time remaining. That’s when the turnover bug bit them.
After holding Beallsville on downs the Cat’s started another drive that soon proved fatal when the Blue Devils stepped in front of a Wildcat pass an returned it 74 yards for a touchdown to clinch the win 35-20.
Paden City was led by Mike Shreves with 89 yards on 18 carries and Ryan Cross with 79 on 20 carries and three T.D.’s. Clayton Thomas added 52 yards on 13 totes.
Shreves was 4-11 passing for 49 yards and two interceptions. Marcus Allen caught two passes for 35 yards and Athony Newman had one for 10 yards.
“I’m proud of how we stepped up and played tonight , these kids have had to fight adversity all-season and have never given up. They show the true spirit of Wildcat football. We we’re again shorthanded and had to move some players around but they found away to stay in the game and if we hadn’t had the late turnover it might have been a big comeback for us. We will go back to work and try and prepare for an always tough Valley team on Friday night,” said coach Brent Croasmun.
The Wildcats fell to 2-9 on the year with a home contest against the Valley Lumberjacks on Friday at 7 p.m. to close out the season.