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Dragons Lays One on Cats

Cameron dominates line of scrimmage

September 29, 2012
By RICK THORP - Staff Writer ( , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

PADEN CITY - From the start of Friday night's game at Berger Field between Cameron and Paden City, it was clear it was going to be the Dragons' night.

''I knew on that first play from scrimmage when (Hunter) Yoders ran for about 12 to 15 yards that we'd be able to do that all night long,'' Cameron coach Jim Rogers said.

It was actually an 11-yard gain. But that's irrelevant.

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Cameron’s Hunter Yoders, left, gains yardage as Paden City’s Brandon Cross (3) looks on Friday at Berger Field.

By Scott McCloskey

What was relevant was the way Cameron dominated the line of scrimmage. And it happened again and again during the Dragons' 40-18 triumph.

''Give Cameron all the credit,'' Paden City coach Brent Croasmun said. ''They dominated us on the line. And their secondary played really well, too.''

The game was over by halftime. Cameron scored 26 points in the first quarter, the rest in the second, and held a 425-21 advantage in offensive yardage by the time Kelsey Loy was named queen of the Homecoming festivities.

In other words, everything was clicking for the Dragons (3-3).

''We haven't come out this year and been ahead at halftime,'' Rogers said. ''We did that.

''We hadn't taken the field, taken the opening kickoff and scored. We did that.

''And, we haven't come out and played that well on defense. We did that.''

The 11-yard run by Yoders that Rogers mentioned earlier was part of a four-play opening drive that Yoders capped with a 1-yard run with 1:01 elapsed off the first-quarter clock.

On Cameron's next possession, it only took the Dragons two plays to score.

After setting up shop on Paden City's 37, quarterback Logan Routt hit Mark Walker for 14 yards. Next, Routt fired a strike toward the back of the end zone where Ivan Hall made a circus catch for a TD that made the score 13-0.

The two drives epitomized the Dragons' balanced attack. Routt, the sophomore standout, finished 7 of 9 for 189 yards, while Yoders (104) and Devin Starcher (121) both surpassed the century mark in rushing.

''The kids enjoyed this game,'' Rogers said.

''I thought we blocked well. Starcher had a great game and, Yoders, he's a hard-nosed kid who's sniffing the ground all the time.''

Starcher had touchdown runs of 26 and 58 yards in the first quarter and surpassed the 100-yard mark before halftime.

The only mistake Cameron made early on resulted in the Wildcats' only score of the first 24 minutes.

With fourth-and-goal at the Paden City 7, Routt threw a pass to the flat which fell to the ground. The Dragons thought it was incomplete. But the official nearest the play never blew his whistle, signifying it was a backward pass.

An alert Brandon Cross picked up the ball and outraced a Cameron defender 90 yards for the score that trimmed the lead to seven.

Levi Knight added a 13-yard touchdown in the second quarter, while Routt found Walker for a 15-yard scoring strike later in the second to give the visitors a 40-6 advantage.

Paden City (1-5) scored twice in the fourth quarter. Zach Heasley scored on a 1-yard run and later threw a screen to Kennedy Cain, who scampered 52-yards down the sideline for the other.

Heasley, playing just his third game in 2012, threw for 108 yards and completed 50 percent of his passes (10 of 20).

The Wildcats have plenty of athletes, but their offensive line is still maturing. All told, every player but one will return next year.

''We couldn't throw deep because Zach didn't have any time,'' Croasmun said, noting the offensive front is comprised of freshmen, sophomores and two juniors who recently joined the team.

''The maturity factor is huge. That's the way it is and that's the way it's going to be this year. We just have to keep plugging away. Hopefully, we'll get older in a year or two and we'll give some people some games.

''We're going to continue to keep working hard and see if we can't improve this situation here.''

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