Wildcats Solid In Scrimmage
The Paden City Wildcats took on the Parkersburg Catholic Crusaders in a scrimmage to get ready for its opening game Aug. 28 at Salineville, Ohio over the weekend.
Both the first and second team offenses did quite well for the Wildcats. First-year quarterback Hayden Hizer slipped by numerous Crusader would be tacklers to chew out yardage on the ground and was on the money on his passes most of the time.
His favorite receiver was Luke Cooper who stood heads over his defenders to snatch his passes. Deven Price stole the show early as he grabbed a nifty pass from Hizer for the first of many touchdown passes from the junior signal caller.
On the ‘Cats ground game, Hizer had the biggest impact as Parkersburg couldn’t contain him and he slipped by numerous would be tacklers for big runs. Senior running-backs Zach Yeater and Logan Carroll also ate up some Paden City turf for large gainers. Sophomore Marcus Allen also saw some daylight from the backfield along with second string quarterback Aaron Heasley. From behind the center Heasley looked to be a carbon copy of Hizer as he also juked and jived his way out of trouble to keep the chains moving.
Defensively, the ‘Cats sputtered a bit on a few long gainers, but held off many Crusader attempts with nice open field tackles. Heasley came up with a nice interception and the front line stripped Parkersburg ball carriers of the ball several times to halt drives, while Carroll and David Joy and Dakota Gatian played havoc in the Crusader backfield.
Every Wildcat player got positive playing time both offensively as well as defensively. The Crusaders only had a few substitutes as the scrimmage didn’t run as long as one would have liked.
Both teams scored goals, but the Wildcats got the better of Parkersburg on this day. Both the Wildcats offense and defense did well and no injuries looked to be serious other than the heat and short bench played a role on the Crusaders team.