Wildcats Take Sting Out Of Hornets, 42-12
By ED PARSONS
Paden City scored the first score of the night with 1:01 left in the first quarter when senior quarterback Alex Mc Coy rambled in from 26 yards out; the extra point kick was off the mark, and the Wildcats took a 6-0 lead in what would lead to a 42-12 shellacking over Hundred, who was coming off its first win since 2010. The win was the Wildcats’ first of the season as they now stand at 4-1.
In the second period, with only a minute and a half off the clock, the Wildcats got on the board again as senior first-year player Matt Saxon added a nifty 15-yard run to up the score to 12-0 after the conversion run failed. The rest of the quarter was mostly defense on both sides, and the Wildcats went into the locker room with the lead.
Hundred got back in the game at the 5:32 mark of the third quarter when quarterback Andrew Zedell broke free untouched for a 28-yard score; the run after failed, and the Hornets had made it a 12-6 game. However, with less than a minute later, Paden City’s Saxon went in from six yards out for his second score of the night. Ryan Cross ran it in for two, and the Wildcats had a 14 point lead, 18-6. The Wildcats then got off a nice kick, but Hundred’s Zedell grabbed it at the 30 yard line and ran untouched up the right sideline for the 70 yard return; the score was again close at 20-12.
Paden City got back on the board with 2:17 left in the third when Anthony Newman cut across the grain for five yards and the score, and Cross got his second conversion run to make it 28-12, heading into the last quarter.
With a threat of heavy rain in the forecast and sharp lightning appearing in the sky, the game went on. The Wildcats added two more scores in the fourth to put the game out of reach when senior stalwart Michael Shreves covered 50 yards for a touchdown with 8:32 left in the game; Saxon added the point after kick, giving the Wildcats a 35-12 lead. Saxon put the icing on the cake with 6:10 left in the fourth when he broke free on a 51-yard run and then added the extra point for the final score.
“This feels really good,” said Coach Croasmun. “I’m happy for the kids. We didn’t play very well in the first half, but we regrouped at halftime and finally stepped up and made some plays in the second half.”
Saxon led all scorers with three touchdowns and two extra point kicks to account for 20 of the Wildcat points. He also was the game’s leading rusher with 146 yards on only six carries, while adding 92 yards on two pass receptions. Saxon also added an interception. Shreves ended with 126 yards on seven carries and a score, while Cross picked up 56 on 10 totes. The Wildcats had a total of 94 yards on 3-10 passing with Cross going 1-1 for 65 yards. Paden City led in first downs, 12-9, and rushing yards – 396 on 30 carries, compared to Hundred’s 189 on 51 tries.
“We got Shreves back this week.
“He looked really fresh in practice this week and was running well. He and Saxon did a wonderful job in the backfield. They just took over on the edge of their defense and made some big runs for us,” said Croasmun.
Coach Croasmun gave Hundred a lot of credit “They have the same numbers of kids that we have, and I congratulate them on their win last week. They played as hard as they could play, and you have to give them credit, but injuries affected them a great deal in the second half, and we were able to take advantage of that.”
The Wildcats will play host Cameron on Friday at 7 p.m.