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Wildcats hoping to have enough to field a team

By Ed Parsons - Editor | Jul 29, 2021

Wildcats take part in pre-season football workouts.

Newly hired head coach of the Wildcats, Robert Price is hoping interest in the school football program will peak as the regular season is right around the corner. During the summer there has been little interest with only three or four showing up in the weight room and nine coming out for pre-season drills during the first week that coaches and players were allowed to interact.

However, expectations are still there, with high hopes that the school can field a team of 18-20 players. According to coach Price he had 18 to start, but three dropped off and six more are on vacation or involved with someother activity. He and other school officials along with several players and parents are reaching out to kids asking them to join up and keep the Cats football program alive.

Eariler this year Head coach Zach Heasley resigned citing a lack of players and interest. Heasley worked two years with the school and did a nice job trying to revive the program but had little success getting player involvment. Price was later hired by the Wetzel County B.O.E. as the new head coach.

Paden City has a long history of quality football teams including two state championship teams in 1970 and 1979. They were runnersup in 1968 and 69 before there was a playoff system and only the top two teams made it.

The Wildcats have some excellent talent ready to take the field and represent the school, but they need more participation to make it legal and safe for coach Price and Fulks to field a team.

We are hoping that some of the kids step up and fill the void so Wildcat football can be held on Friday nights. Anyone wishing to be a part of the Wildcat football program show up for practice or let one of the coaches know. They need as many kids as they can get. Good luck to the Wildcats.