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Wildcats Looking for Banner Year

August 14, 2019
By Ed Parsons - Editor , Tyler Star News

Paden City begins a new chapter in Wildcat football, as the Cat's begin the 2019 season with a new coach for the first time in 20 years. Zach Heasley an ex-Wildcat athlete and West Liberty University player took over the realms with the retirement of longtime coach Brent Croasmun.

Heasley played several positions for Paden City with his junior and senior years spent calling signals. At West Liberty he beefed up and played on the defensicve side. So, he's no stranger to the game and should bring some excitement to the Wildcat faithful. With only 20 players on the roster Heasley is taking advantage of the talent he has returning and using the newcomers to fill the voids while teaching them the ropes. Back for his fourth year with the Cat's will be Clayton Thomas a strong runner and hard hitter. Heasley sees Thomas as a play maker who will drive the ball at you or cut to the outside for yardage.

Ethan Cross will handle the Q.B. duties and is a duo threat to run or pass. Jason Anderson will be back and will play on both sides of the ball, he is a well conditioned player who hits hard and doesn't shy away from contact. Brad Baker ids another senior who has improved his strenght and will go both ways on the line.

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The team takes part in an
early-season two-a-day session in Paden City.

The Wildcats have a good coaching staff and if they stay healthy and avoid injuries they could have a real productive year. Practice has been tough with coach Heasley demanding excellence and the kids seem to be have taken to the program. With any new system there will be a time of adjustment but Heasley say's they have caught on real well and he's likes the team attitude.

The Cat's will scmimmage on the 16th at Calhoun County and again on the 23rd at home against Conotton Valley.

"Practice is going great. We're improving incredibly every practice and we are ver discilined. That'll go a long way. If we stay healthy, we will win a lot of games,"said coach Heasley.

 
 
 

 

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