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Paden City Still Searching For First Win in Football

September 20, 2017
BY ED PARSONS - Staff Writer ( , Wetzel Chronicle

After opening the season with two lopsided losses, the Wildcats were hoping to turn things around on Friday, as they hosted the Bridgeport, Ohio Bulldogs. The Cats, who have been playing shorthanded due to injuries, had 18 in uniform on Friday night. Bridgeport however, early and often, never called the Dogs off as they put on an offensive display that kept the Wildcats from scratching back.

Bridgeport opened the scoring on the night with a two-yard run with 9:12 still left in the first quarter and then struck two more times to end the period with scoring passes of 88 yards from Quarterback Tino Kusic to Kane Kasprowski and for 36 yards to Jeremiah Booker shortly after to make it an unsurmountable18 point deficit after one.

Things didn't get any better for Paden City as Booker caught three more for scores in the second frame and the Dogs added a conversion pass to up the lead to 38-0 at the half.

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Photo by Bruce Crawford
It takes four Bridgeport Bulldogs to tackle the Wildcats #10 Michael Shreves.

With Bridgeport holding a commanding lead, and Booker having a field day, the Dogs kept on coming with Kusic going to Kasprowski for two more scores and another conversion pass in the third for a 52-0 lead. The outmanned Wildcats kept on playing but were unable to dent the scoreboard despite having good field position on several occasions. Untimely fumbles and penalties took their toll on the Wildcats' offense as they had nine penalties for 95 yards and lost 6-7 fumbles.

"We stopped ourselves every time we had the ball. If you remove the fumbles and unnecessary penalties we had, we could have stayed in the game. Add in our injuries and it's a recipe for disaster," Coach Brent Croasmun said.

Paden City was only 2-9 passing for (-8) yards but gained 133 yards on 35 carries. Mike Shreves was the leading ground gainer with 38 yards on nine carries followed by Clayton Thomas with 35 on eight tries. Ryan Cross ran for 22 yards on five totes while Rander Amos gained 21 yards on nine carries. Ethan Cross ran for 17 yards on four tries.

Bridgeport had 20 first downs to the Cats seven and outgained the Wildcats in total yardage 584 -129. Coach Croasmun said they would try and regroup for Friday's game against the Hundred Hornets. Both teams have yet to win a game as Hundred lost to Hannan on Saturday. The game is scheduled as a home game for Hundred on Clay Battelle's field.



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