Red Knights Crown Wildcats
The Wildcats of Paden City felt the sting of defeat on Friday in Toronto, as the Green and White took the loss to the Red Knights in Ohio, 48-18. The loss put the Wildcat win/loss record at 3-5 thus far in the season.
The Red Knights scored early and often in the game, getting their sixth win of the season with two passing touchdowns and five rushing in the win.
“We made too many mistakes to win this game,” said Paden City Head Coach Brent Croasmun.
Scoring for the Wildcats in the game were junior Deven Price, pulling down a 54 yard pass from Zach Heasley in the first period of play.
It was Price again in the third quarter, bringing down another Heasley pass, this time for 13 yards. In addition, as time ran out in the fourth, senior Brandon Cross ran one yard into the end zone for all the scoring in the game.
“It was very frustrating,” Croasmun said. “We just made too many mistakes.”
Paden City gained 28 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries in the game. Toronto had 279 yards and five touchdowns on 36 carries. Heasley completed 25 of 35 passes for 263 yards and two touchdowns. Toronto completed eight of 12 for 141 yards and two touchdowns.
Cross was the leading rusher for the Wildcats, with 64 yards on eight carries and one touchdown.
Luke Cooper led the receivers by catching eight passes for 96 yards. Hayden Hizer had seven catches for 31 yards, while Price grabbed four catches for 79 yards and two TDs.
Cross snatched three catches for thirty yards and Craig Allen caught three passes that were good for 27 yards.
Spencer Billings had 12 tackles in the game, nine of them solos. Hizer had eight tackles, Cross made seven stops and Cooper and Denton Thomas each accounted for six. Meanwhile, Allen and Dakota Gatian each had five tackles.
The Wildcats will host South Harrison on Friday with senior night activities to take place immediately before the game.
Seniors participating on the football team, cheerleading squad and band will be honored in pre-game ceremonies. Kick off is scheduled for 7 p.m.