’Jacks showed class against depleted ’Cats
Valley came in the favorite against Paden City and went away with the win and a playoff spot.
Paden City has played short handed all season long and Friday was no dif-ferent. After honoring the seniors, the game begin. Valley scored twice to go up 12-0 before the Cats came back to put six on the board on a brilliant diving snag by Senior Luke Cooper in the corner of the end zone. Sophomore quarterback Aaron Heasly’s throw was on the money. The two point conver-sion failed, and it was 12-6 at the end of one.
The Lumberjacks were not to be denied, however, and went on to a 44- 26 win. The final score didn’t represent the heart and soul put into the game by Paden City. Wildcat fans, coaches and players had to come away feeling pretty good about the effort.”
Fielding only 13 players, the community saw a group of young men grow up. The Cats took everything Valley threw at them and kept coming back for more.
What stood out most was Heasley’s ability to pick apart the Lumberjacks defense. Even though he was sacked six times, Cooper was faced with double coverage nearly the whole game yet still grabbed 12 balls for 163 yards and two T.D.’s. Senior Devon Price hauled in five of Heasley’s passes for 132 yards and two scores. Cooper also added a two point conversion. Heasley finished the night with a season high 350 yards on 20-36 passing and four touchdowns.”
“I asked the kids on Monday to just give me their best effort and that’s what they did. I am very proud of their effort We are really banged up and I don’t think people realize how bad it is,” said Coach Croasman. ” These kids showed a lot of guts and never gave up, I can’t fault them for anything.” Croasman also had high praise for Cooper lauding him for his great hands. ” I am going to miss this group of seniors but it has been a pleasure to coach them, they always have played hard.””
Both teams showed tremendous sportsmanship which is also a rarity when these two get together. Congratulations to the Lumberjacks and good luck in the playoffs.