QB Haught, Clay-Battelle Put It on Paden City, 41-6
PADEN CITY – At Clay-Battelle, when you’re hot you’re Haught.
As in Tristan Haught.
The Cee-Bees senior quarterback threw five touchdown passes to four different receivers, including three straight to open the game, in Clay-Battelle’s 41-6 victory against Paden City on Friday night. All of his touchdown passes came in the first half as the Cee-Bees took a 35-0 lead.
Haught was hot, but he was also the benefactor of three Wildcats miscues to start the game.
Credit due, he capitalized on all three.
Two Paden City fumbles and a muffed snap on a punt attempt allowed Clay-Battelle to start in Wildcats’ territory on its first three series.
With precision, Haught went to work.
First a 10-yard strike to Morgantown transfer Jarret Hockenberry, who is originally from Clay-Battelle. Next, a 28-yard touchdown pass to Kurt Latochia on fourth-and-goal. Finally, after the bad snap on the Wildcats’ punt attempt, he completed a short pass to running back Trenton Dille, who did the rest with a nice 49-yard run.
Three mistakes quickly became a 21-0 lead.
“I felt awesome all day,” Haught said. “This morning, I felt like I was focused and ready to go. We wanted to start fast and we did. The line blocked great and the receivers got open. All I did was get them the ball. I’ve had some good games and I’ve had some bad games. This was a good one.”
He was hardly done.
He ended the half with a second touchdown pass to Hockenberry, a sophomore and the heir apparent at QB, this one from 16 yards out and finally a 19-yarder to Jacoby Steele.
“Tristan is a three-year starter and he knows what we’re doing in the offense,” Cee-Bees’ coach Ryan Wilson said. “We did some good things on offense but we still have a lot to work on. We took what we did in the (two) scrimmages and as a staff we don’t think we played as well as we did in those games.”
The source of Wilson’s consternation was a whopping 19 penalties for 147 yards.
“You can understand some of those being the first game, and some of them were just kids being aggressive, and you can’t fault them for that,” Wilson said. “But we had a lot of those (six) for lining up offsides and that is inexcusable.”
Paden City coach Brent Croasmun credited Haught, who finished the game 12 of 16 for 237 yards, including a stretch where he completed eight straight passes, four for touchdowns.
“We couldn’t get any pressure on him, and we gave him a lot of time back there,” Croasmun said. “He’s a good one. You give him that much time, with the athletes they have, you going to get in trouble. Give them credit for taking advantage.”
The miscues, however, were big.
“Every time we made a mistake they capitalized on it,” Croasmun said. “Two fumbles and a bad snap on a punt attempt and they get touchdowns off those.”
Down 35-0, Paden City didn’t fold the tent.
The Wildcats came out swinging, causing a pair of turnovers – an interception by Brandon Cross (freshman Hayden Hizer also had one) and a fumble recovery by Luke Cooper.
Paden City eventually put together a third-quarter scoring drive, capped by a 1-yard run by Cross.
The gap was too wide to cut into, though, but Croasmun saw several positives.
“I’m proud of these kids,” he said. “It won’t show show on the scoreboard, but they played hard and they never quit. We were outmanned, it was hot, but they hung in there against a really good team. It was 6-6 in the second half, so that is something we can build on. We have some games coming up where I think we’ll be competitive. There were positives.”
Clay Battelle’s defense gave up 110 yards, 60 on the ground and 50 passing.
Ken Pyle led the Paden City ground attack with 30 yards and Cross had 26. Quarterback Zach Heasley was 6 of 9 for 50 yards, 36 to Cross on four catches.