Paden City Runs-Past Hundred, 54-0
Clayton Thomas rambled for 130-yards with 3-TD’s, while adding a 34-yard fumble recovery for another touchdown to help lead Paden City to its second-straight lop-sided with a 54-0 shut-ut Sept. 27 at Cosgray Field In Hundred.
The Wildcats took the opening kick to the 41-yard line, and after 3-Thomas Runs and a Ethan Cross keeper, Thomas would Bull-Dose his way into the Promise-land from 11-yards out to quickly give the visitors a 6-0 lead.
The Hornets Cody Soles ran back the ensuing kick 17-yards to start the Hornets first drive. Soles caught a 51-yard pass from Logan Norris to get into Wildcat territory, but 2-quick loss of yardage tackles and on fourth down, the ‘Cats Jason Anderson 7-yard quarterback sack, halted the drive.
Paden City marched straight down the field on 6-runs and 2-pass completions, that high-lighted a 12-yard TD pitch and catch from Cross to Bryant McCay. McCay caught the 2-point conversion pass to give Paden City a 14-0 lead with 4:29 left in period 1.
The Hornets got a shot reprieve on its next series, as the Wildcats gave Hundred a first down on an off-sides call. However, the drive stalled and Hundred would have to punt. However, the snap went array and Paden City took over at the 25-yard line.
This time it only took Paden City 4-plays to score with the “Bulldozer” Thomas carried it into the end-zone from 1-yard out to push the score to 21-0 after the Cross PAT late in the opening quarter.
Soles returned the ensuing kick to the the ‘Cats 46-yard line that was stopped by a TD saving tackle by Jason Anderson. The Hornets threatened, but couldn’t seal the deal, and Paden City took over at their-own 11-yard line on a nice punt by Martin Baker.
The Wildcats made their way into the Hornets territory and was about to score once again. But, a nice interception bu Jacob Kuhn took care of that.
Soles caught a nice pass from Logan Norris for 15-yards, but 2-quarterback sacks highlighted by Jake Amos 7-yard on fourth down, gave the Wildcats a chance to get one more scoring opportunity before the break.
And indeed they did, as Cross hit Kyler Wade with a nice 48-yarder to give Paden City a 28-0 half time lead.
Soles and Norris each started the Hornets first second half series with a pair of 15-yard gainers to get them to mid-field. Soles made a great catch for a touchdown, but a 5-yard penalty, and a QB sack by Brad Baker took care of that, and Paden City took over once more.
Thomas scored two more times, once on a 1-yarder and a nifty 45-yard fumble recovery for another. Parker Higgins took over the running duties and scored the last two Paden City touchdowns on a 24-yarder and a 9-yarder.
Paden City had 407-yards of total offense, with Thomas leading the way with 130-yards rushing and Cross 73-yards, Higgins 72-yards and Zane Yeater 21-yards. McKay hauled in 3-passes for 49-yards and a touchdown, while Wade caught 1-pass for 48-yards, while Yeater caught 1-pass for 15-yards.
Defensively, Thomas made 12-tackles, while Jason Anderson added 10 stops. Jason Anderson also caused a fumble as well as Baker, with Thomas and Jeff Billiter each recovering a fumble.
Norris was 10-21 for 107-yards passing with Soles catching 3-passes for 82-yards. David Derby was the only Hornet with positive yardage as he ran the ball 4-times for 26-yards. Soles paced the Hornets with 12-tackles.
Paden City will have their hands full with the Cameron Dragons Friday night at Cameron, while the Hornets will travel to Gilmer County.