Wildcats Lose First Game To Vikings
Paden City High School’s football coach, Brent Croasmun, knew going into Friday night’s game, with Symmes Valley, his club would have to stay injury free and hold down mistakes. Unfortunately both took their toll and the result was a 39-16 trashing at the hands of the Vikings as they won their first road game in more than two years. The Cats’ game plan was to control the ball, but Symmes Valley turned the tables, controlling not only the clock but the line play as well, which resulted in several long runs including touchdowns of 48, 43, 50, and 60 yards. They also tacked on five and 14-yard touchdown runs to finish the night with 332 yards on 36 carries and six touchdowns.
The Wildcats were down 21-0 after one quarter, before getting a five-yard scoring jaunt from senior running back Marcus Allen, on a fourth and goal off tackle run. Allen finished the night with a respectable 65 yards on six carries to go along with his touchdown. He also had the conversion runs on both Cats touchdowns. With the score 21-8 at the half, and the Wildcats within striking distance, Symmes Valley put the game away in the second half scoring 12 points before the Wildcats could get back on the board late in the fourth when Ryan Cross bulled in from a yard out with 1:28 left to make it 33-16.
However the Vikings’ reserve, Derek Crum, wasted no time as he returned the kickoff 60 yards for the final score of the game with 1:10 left to play.
The out-manned Wildcats played hard but couldn’t overcome the costly turnovers and mental mistakes. “We got banged up pretty good,” Croasmun said. “And that forced us to put kids at some positions they never played before. Thank goodness we have a bye next week.”
“But the thing is that we had a lot of inexperienced kids playing football and those kids played hard, but they made some mental mistakes. Penalties at the wrong time and turnovers really hurt us. Every time we tried to get back into the game, we managed to shoot ourselves in the foot again. It all comes down to mental mistakes, turnovers and trying to arm tackle.”
The Wildcats carried the ball 41 times on the night but could only gain 106 yards. Allen was the most effective ball carrier, followed by Rander Amos with 50 yards on 15 carries. Mike Shreves, the Cats’ junior quarterback, completed 3-8 passes for 30 yards. Symmes Valley led in first downs, 11-9, while receiving eight penalties for 41 yards to three for 25 yards for the Wildcats.
The Wildcats will return to action on September 8, at home against Tygerts Valley in a 7 p.m.