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Paden City Pounces On Hornets, 42-12

September 26, 2018

PADEN CITY - The rain falling on Berger Field following Friday night's game was cool and refreshing for coach Brent Croasmun and his Paden City Wildcats.

Paden City pocketed its first victory, beating Hundred by a 42-12 count as the rain helped wash away a seven-game losing streak.

"This feels really good," Croasmun said. "I'm happy for the kids. We didn't play very well in the first half but we regrouped at halftime and finally stepped up and made some plays in the second half."

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Paden City’s Matt Saxon (5) totes the leather during the Wildcats’ triumph against Hundred.

The Wildcats rushed for 343 yards, led by Michael Shreves who missed several games with a concussion. Shreves garnered 124 yards, followed by Matt Saxon's 116.

"We got Shreves back this week," Croasmun said. "He looked really fresh in practice this week and was running really well.

"Him and Saxon did a wonderful job in the backfield. They just took over on the edge of their defense and made some big runs for us."

Hundred, which was coming off of its first win in 50 contests, kept the game close through three quarters.

"It was an exciting week for us," Hundred coach Shayne Minor said. "We had the win last week and a lot of momentum. We had great practices and everybody's attitude was there."

Quarterback Andrew Zedell dashed for 124 yards and was one of only two Hornets to touch the ball in the first half. The other was ailback Skylar Goff and both players went down with injuries in the fourth quarter, making a comeback difficult to accomplish.

"We came pretty well-prepared but we had a couple key guys go down with injuries and when that happened, we were just hanging on by a thread," Minor said. "Zedell runs the ball hard and we were running him to death, but he started getting dehydrated there at the end."

Paden City grabbed the lead late in the first quarter as quarterback Alex McCoy raced 26 yards for a score, set up by an 18-

yard run from Shreves. Just 2:34 later, the Wildcats took advantage of a Hundred fumble and Saxon found paydirt from 15 yards out. The scoring drive was aided by a Saxon catch along the sideline for 24 yards and a McCoy 19-yard run that was extended by a 15-yard horse collar penalty.

Saxon added to his big day with an interception late in the half, a turnover that Paden City was unable to capitalize on.

"I saw that the receiver came out and the quarterback's eyes were looking right at him," Saxon said. "As soon as I saw him start to

throw I just jumped in front of it."

Croasmun's squad had some trickery up its sleeve just before the half, as Ryan Cross was handed the ball and went to the air and found Saxon, who darted 68 yards but was tackled at the 2-yard line by Martin Baker as time expired.

Paden City out-gained Hundred 237-82 in the first half and held the Hornets without a completed pass until the 4:30 mark of the fourth.

Minor and his team came out with a game-plan in the second half and executed it to perfection.

Baker supplied a successful fake punt run for 17 yards and Zedell added an 11-yard scramble on fourth-and-7 for another conversion. The gutsy calls led to a 33-yard touchdown scamper by Zedell to cut the deficit in half at 12-6.

Over the next three minutes, both teams combined for three touchdowns as Saxon rushed in for a 6-yard score that was immediately followed by a 70-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Zedell.

Moments later, Newman completed a 2-minute drive with a 5-yard touchdown run, that was set up by a 34-yard run by Saxon to give Paden City a 28-12 upperhand heading into the final quarter.

In the fourth, the Wildcats went to a 3-5 defense that seemed to shut down the run.

Paden City outscored Hundred 14-0 in the fourth on a 49-yard TD run by Shreves and a 51-yard score from Saxon to seal the victory.

"I'm going to give Hundred a lot of credit," Croasmun said. "They have the same number of kids that we have and I congratulate them on their win from last week.

"They played as hard as they could play and you have to give them credit, but injuries affected them a great deal in the second half

and we were able to take advantage of that."

The Wildcats two-headed monsters Shreves and Saxon generated 332-yards of offense the Wildcats offense, with Shreves earning 124 yards rushing on only nine carries, while Saxon totaled 116 yards rushing on only six carries. Saxon also garnished 92-yards rushing on only two receptions, and kicked two extra point tries.

McCoy, also had a productive night, finished with 54-yards on five carries and was spot-on with three passes for 98 yards, while Ryan

Cross also ran tough for the Wildcats added 39 yards on seven carries and scored twice on a pair of conversion runs, while Newman accounted for 10 yards on one reception.

For the Hundred Hornets, Zedell was a one-man show on offense, accounted for 124 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries, while Goff tacked on 28 yards all in the first half, was injured early in the third period and didn't come back in. Baker added 17 yards on his only carry, while catching the only pass completions from Rine for 16-yards. Rine finished with 31 yards on 13 totes all in the fourth period when Zedell was sent to the bench, exhausted.

Defensively, Goff and Rine each recorded six tackles, while Michael Blare made five, and Zedell and David Derby each making three stops.

(Bruce Crawford added to the story.)



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