Dragons Snuff Out ‘Cats
The Paden City Wildcats celebrated Homecoming on Friday night, but their football team was unable to get the win over the visiting Cameron Dragons, who prevailed 24-12.
Fresh off a nice win against the River Pilots the week before, the ‘Cats were poised to pocket their third win of the season when the Dragons came to town. Slowly but surely, the Dragons took control of the game, running up two touchdowns on Paden City to claim their second win of the season.
“We made some mistakes, had a few mental breakdowns, and had some very costly penalties in the fourth quarter,” said Wildcat Head Coach Brent Croasmun. “Cameron came to play, and they played hard. They did a good job defensively against us.”
The Dragons opened up the scoring in the game about half way through the first period of play with a one-yard run (kick failed)
In the second quarter, the Paden City faithful had something to cheer about, as junior Deven Price recovered a fumble in the opening seconds and took it 20 yards down the field for the ‘Cats first score of the evening.
The kick afterwards failed, but the ‘Cats tied the score at six-all. With 4:37 to play in the half, Cameron added another six points to take back the lead, only to be answered by Paden City senior Brandon Cross with a three-yard run for six more points for the home team.
Before the time could run out on the first half, the Dragons scored once again, this time on a 40-yard run that put the score at 18-12 at the buzzer.
Cameron would tack six more points in the third period to end all scoring in the game at 24-12.
Zach Heasley completed 16 of 31 passes for 182 yards.
Price caught three passes for 44 yards for the Green and White, while Luke Cooper had five catches for 45 yards. Hayden Hizer caught five tosses for 45 yards and Craig Allen had two catches for 32 yards. Cross brought down two passes for 17.
Cross led all Paden City ball carriers with 35 yards gained on 15 carries and scored one TD. Heasley carried the ball 12 times to get 12 yards.
Defensively, Cooper was credited with 11 tackles in the game. He also had two tackles for a loss and one quarterback sack.
Spencer Billings had 11 tackles, one for a loss, and Randy Amos tackled nine Dragons. Dalton Schultheis made eight tackles and Heasley two tackles for a loss of yardage and one QB sacking. Denton Thomas contributed seven tackles, Hizer made five stops and Price had one fumble recovery and ran it back for a TD.
Paden City will host 0-6 Conotton Valley on Friday at home with the kick-off scheduled for 7 p.m.