River Sinks Paden City
HANNIBAL – River scored 38 second-quarter points and went on to clip Paden City, 58-16, at Martin Flannery Field on Friday night
After a scoreless first quarter Lukas Isaly and Joey Flannery wer in on the first five scores en route to a 38-0 halftime score, and the Pilots never looked back.
Isaly scored on runs of 7 and 1 yard, while Flannery hit Craig Hupp for a 67-yard TD. He and Isaly hooked up on 6-yard touchdown pass.
Flannery also added a 6-yard TD scamper and he and Isaly both ran in a 2-point conversion, as did Braden Whetsell.
Flannery hooked up again with Isaly on a 46-yard TD pitch and catch in the third quarter and rushed for another score late in the third.
Trenton Sprouse picked off the Cats’ Aaron Heasley for a 75-ard touchdown and River’s Grant Williams kicked four extra point kicks.
The Wildcats’ Deven Price broke up the shutout when he returned the ensuing kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown. Luke Cooper caught the conversion pass from Heasley.
Cooper hauled in a 61-yard TD pass from Heasley, as well as the 2-point conversion attempt to end the game.
The Pilots rushed for 298 yards and scored three touchdowns, with Isaly leading the way with 179 yards and two scores on 19 carries, while Flannery tacked on 34 yards and a TD on four tries.
In addition, Hunter Dennis added 34 yards on three carries, while Dakota Smith and Whetsell added seven and 19 yards, respectively.
Hupp caught three passes for 71 yards and a touchdown, while Isaly hauled in two for 61 yards and a pair of scores. Drew Dietz caught one pass for 15 yards, while Peyton Vancamp grabbed one for 10 yards.
For the Wildcats, Heasley connected with Cooper six times for 166 yards and a score, while Hayden Hizer netted 13 yards rushing and 36 yards receiving. Price added 15 yards rushing and hauled in two passes for 17 yards. Zach Yeater rushed for one yard and caught two passes for nine yards.
Paden City accumulated 13 yards rushing on 11 tries, while moving the chains seven times. They lost two fumbles and had an interception, and lost 42 yards on six penalties.
“We started out de-ja-vu like last season against Paden City, but after we scored a couple touchdowns we started to wear them down and I felt a little better,” River coach Mike Flannery said. “We just got in a groove and started to mix it up. Our line played very well for the second straight game.”
The Pilots return to action Friday night against a very tough and physical Tyler Consolidated team, while the Wildcats will head to Cameron to face the Dragons.