Gatian to Anchor Wildcats Line
Paden City senior Dakota Gatian a 6′ 220 pounds is a offensive and defensive lineman, who head coach Brent Croasman said has really grown up since his freshman year.
“Dakota is the leader of our offensive and defensive lines. He has worked extremely hard this summer to prepare himself for the upcoming season, he goes full speed in everything he does,” said Croasman.
Gatian has spent a lot of time in the weight room and is a fine example of how hard work and determination pays off.
“Gatian has really stepped up his leadership role for our linemen on the football team, he leads by example and is very helpful to the younger kids who need that kind of leadership to make them better players,” continued Croasman. “He is a good all around kid who gets along well with everyone, doesn’t get in trouble, listens to his coaches and is just pleasant to be around.”
With his size, speed and strength Gatian could be a handful for opposing teams this season. This will be his fourth year as a starter and according to his coaches he has gotten stronger and showed improvement each year. Wildcat line coach Tim Raper said he is expecting Gatian to get even better once the season starts and he gets a couple games under his belt. He said the key will be for him to stay healthy.
Gatian said he has increased his speed by running this summer and is hopeful to even run the 100 meter come track season this spring. He has started on both sides of the ball since his freshman year, having played center, guard and tackle on offense and tackle and end on defense.
“I am excited to be entering my senior year and want to make it a year to remember, I believe if we stay healthy and play together as a team we can definitely make a run in the playoffs, that is my goal for this season,” he said.
Gatian has lettered all three years in both football and track. As a member of the Cat’s track team he is a shot put and the discuss thrower and placed in the Mason Dixon track meet the past two years. He said his work ethic of being in the weight room and running five to six days a week has giving him more confidence in himself and made him a more complete athlete.
He presently carries close to a 3.0 grade point average and has aspirations of entering trade school when he graduates and would like to become a diesel mechanic. Gatian is the son of Jamie Gatian Hoskins and the Grandson of Richard and Nellie Gatian of Paden City. He said he would like to thank his coach Brent Croasman for helping him become a better player and his Pap who has been a big influence in keeping him involved.