Wildcats Fall In Shootout
The Clay-Battelle Cee-Bees raced out to a 23-6 lead and held on for a 58-40 victory over Paden City Oct. 23 in Wildcat territory.
The Killer-Bees raced out to a 23-point lead in the opening period, but the ‘Cats Devin Price was money as he caught a eight-yard scoring strike from Hayden Hizer to get the hosts on the board in the opeing stanza.
The Wildcats got on the scoreboard first in the second period when Hizer juked and jived his way into the end zone from 15 yards out to close the gap to 23-12 early in the third period.
Price hooked up with Aaron Heasley on a 35-yard touchdown catch and run, and hauled in the two-point pass from Hizer to get back into the thick of things at 38-21.
Wesley Smith picked off a pass and went coast-to-coast on a 32-yard interception return for a score to end three periods of play.
Clay-Battelle raced into the end zone from 44 yards out to take a 51-27 advantage to open the final period of play.
Paden City’s Luke Cooper hooked up with Heasley for a 24-yard score, but Clay-Battelle answered with a 50-yard interception touchdown return. The conversion kick split the uprights for the Cee-Bees final points of the night.
Paden City never gave up, as Hizer scored on a five-yard run, with Cooper adding the two-point conversion pass from Heasley to end all the scoring in the 98-point game.
Hizer led the ‘Cats with 62 yards and a pair of touchdown runs, while Zach Yeater added 15 yards on three carries. Through the air, Heasley connected on 14 passes for 205 yards and two touchdowns, while Hizer completted nine passes for 83 yards and a touchdown.
Price caught seven passes for 101 yards and a touchdown, while Cooper hauled in 10 passes for 92 yards and a score.
The Wildcats moved the chains 12 times, while the visitors moved them 11 times. The ‘Cats also had one more penalty than Clay-Battelle with 45 yards lost to 40 for the Cee-Bees.
Defensively, the ‘Cats were paced by Hizer with 12 tackles and a fumble recovery, while Rander Amos added 11 tackles. Logan Carroll made 10 tackles, including two for loss of yardage. Daulton Schulties made eight tackles, including one for loss of yardage, while Cooper, Smith and E.J. Weber each making five tackles. Smith also had an interception return for a touchdown.
The Paden City Wildcats football season will travel to No. 2-ranked South Harrison Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. before finishing the season at home against the Valley Lumberjacks Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m.