Paden City Swats Hornets At Wildcat Homecoming Game
The Paden City Wildcats found a way to score on Friday at Berger Field against the Hundred Hornets, and then, couldn’t find a way to stop, as they took the lopsided win, 67-6.
Though they have been dealing with a number issues for the past few weeks, the Hundred Hornet football team courageously met the demands of their schedule and traveled to play at Paden City, knowing the odds were against them.
The Wildcats scored their first touchdown with 9:02 remaining in the first quarter and would go on to score four more before the time ended.
Scoring for the Green and White in the first were: Hayden Hizer on a 26-yard pass from Zach Heasley; Kane Pyles on a two-yard run; Brandon Cross, a six-yard run; Pyles again on a nine-yard run; and Cross for the second time on a two-yard run. Heasley made good on three of the extra point kicks for the ‘Cats.
In the second quarter, Paden City added more points to their side of the scoreboard with a few new names making the headlines: Spencer Billings scored on a safety with 11:02 to play; Luke Cooper caught an eight-yard pass; Cross ran 51 yards in for pay dirt; and Hizer returned a punt 30 yards to put the score at 55-0 at the half.
The second half of the game brought scores from Paden City’s Craig Allen, who ran 55 yards for six points; and Hizer, who took a Hundred kick-off 70 yards down the field for the TD.
The Hornets also put six points on the score board in the fourth with Andrew King taking the ball 53 yards for the score.
The two-point conversion failed, however, and Paden City neutralized Hundred’s TD with two of their own.
Offensively for Paden City, Cross was the leading rusher in the game with seven carries for 114 yards and three touchdowns; Kane Pyles had six carries for 24 yards and two touchdowns; Zach Heasley, two carries, 11 yards; Craig Allen, four rushes for 68 yards and one TD; Deven Price, two rushes for 23 yards.
Heasley was 6-12 on the night, throwing for 106 yards, two passing touchdowns. He also made good on five extra-point kicks.
In the receiving department, Deven Price had one catch for 15 yards; Allen, one catch, 21 yards; Hayden Hizer, one catch, 26 yards, one TD; Luke Cooper, two catches for 21 yards and one TD; Pyles, one catch for 23 yards. Hizer returned a punt for 30 yards and a kickoff for 70 yards with touchdowns as the end result of both.
Defensively, Logan Carrol led the defense for the ‘Cats in the game with 15 tackles and one sack; Spencer Billings had 13 tackles; Pyles, seven tackles, two for a loss and one interception; Heasley, six tackles and two sacks; Cooper, five tackles, one for a loss and one sack; Price, five tackles; Cross, two fumble recoveries; and Allen, one fumble recovery.
Andrew King carried the ball seven times for the Hornets to gain 73 yards on the night.
Hornet quarterback Steve Morris threw for 22 yards, a 10 yarder to King and connected on a 12-yard pass to Greg Jones.
Although -33 yards rushing at halftime, Hundred was held to 71 yards on the ground and to 22 yards in the air game.
Paden City lost 60 yards in six penalties, while the Hornets lost only 35 yards on seven whistles. Hundred lost three out of four fumbles, while Paden City lost one of two fumbles.
Paden City will travel to Cameron on Friday while Hundred has an open week in their schedule coming up.