Devils Crush ‘Cats
The Beallsville Blue Devils made their way to Berger Field in Paden City on Friday, taking home the 47-14 win back to Ohio when they left. The win was the seventh for the Devils and the fifth loss for Paden City.
Beallsville dominated the football game, scoring in the first two minutes, and never looked back. In the opening seconds of the second period of play, Paden City’s Taylor Still ran 61 yards for a Wildcat touchdown. Still was also called on to run the extra point to chalk up two more points on the scoreboard for the home team.
The Devils, however, answered that score with one of their own and went on to add 14 more points to take the lead, 40-8 at the half.
Though they were at the disadvantage, the home team never gave up and held their opponents scoreless in the third quarter. With just 2:43 to go in the third, Still came through again, running 18 yards for a score for the Green.
“Without a doubt, this is definitely the best team on our schedule,” said head coach of the Wildcats, Brent Croasmun. “But I’ve got to give it to our guys, they never gave up one time. They pushed and pushed and did the very best they could.”
Beallsville had 13 first downs in the game to Paden City’s 10; the Devils achieved 187 ground yards on 34 rushes and 104 passing yards for a total of 291 yards in the game; Paden City achieved 147 rushing yards on 35 carries and 21 passing yards for a total of 168 positive yards.
Still earned 130 yards on 24 carries for the night, and two touchdowns. Geoffrey Bidwell gained 15 yards on eight carries.
Quarterback Zach Heasley completed two of seven passes for 13 yards; Bidwell completed one of six passes for eight yards and was intercepted three times. Peyton Hinkley caught three passes for 21 yards.
Defensively, Jay Billiter led the team with 10 tackles and had one fumble recovery; Kyle Staton had seven tackles; Trey Leonard, six tackles; and Keith Hardbarger was credited with five tackles.
The Valley Lumberjacks will play at Paden City on Friday, senior night at Berger Field. The ‘Jacks come into the game with a 3-6 record. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.