Paden City Wildcats Take On Clay-Battelle Cee Bees
Though Clay-Battelle defeated Paden City, 47-16, on Oct. 7, the Wildcats made state ranked and undefeated Cee Bees earn each point.
Maybe blame it on the pouring rain, but the Wildcats’ penalties, fumbles, mental mistakes and the Cee Bees depth took its toll so that by halftime the lead was 27-0.
But as Little Orphan Annie might say if she were a Wildcats’ fan, “The sun will come out tomorrow.”
“We played well in the first quarter but mental mistakes killed us,” Coach Brent Croasmun said. “We should have the whole team (21) ready for this weeks game.
Now that you have Annie’s optimistic song stuck in your head, know this: the Wildcats gave a great effort in the second half, but were unable to shake off the large lead and early miscues.
Senior quarterback Aaron Heasley led the Wildcats to two scores in the second half as he ripped off runs of 19 and 65 yards both for scores and added a two-point conversion run plus tossed a two-point conversion pass to Mike Shreves.
Heasley finished the night with 89 yards rushing on 11 carries and was 3-8 passing for nine yards.
Senior running back Hayden Hizer added 95 yards on 24 carries and Anthony Newman added 35 yards on three totes. Shreves added eight yards on four carries.
Wesley Smith was the leading receiver for the Wildcats as he caught two balls for 13 yards. Dalton Schultheis led the Wildcats’ defense with eight tackles, a blocked punt and three tackles. The Wildcats fumbled four times and lost three. They also were penalized twice for 10 yards.
“Tomorrow, tomorrow I love ya tomorrow
You’re always a day away …”
And those lyrics ring true as the Wildcats take on Hannan (1-6) on Friday.