Bishops Pummel Paden City
By DAVE MORRISON
MOUNDSVILLE – Levonte Hampton did his best Cris Carter imitation.
Four catches, four touchdowns.
One interception, touchdown.
Hard as it might be to believe, it could have been better for Hampton in the Bishops 48-6 victory against Paden City Friday night at Monarch Stadium.
Had it not been for a couple penalties, two more touches – another touchdown pass and a punt return – could have also gone for touchdowns.
Like Carter, the former NFL Hall of Fame receiver, Hampton just caught touchdowns.
“It was one of those nights,” Hampton said afterward. “I felt like I was open a lot, but we have a whole lot of other receivers that could have done it if I hadn’t done it.”
Paden City coach Brent Croasman will take Hampton’s word for it.
“He’s a play-maker,” Croasman said after the game. “We tried a couple different people on him and we couldn’t stop him. He makes things happen when he touches the ball. He certainly did that tonight. We didn’t really have an answer for him.”
The only thing that stopped the senior receiver were two penalties and the fact that he exited the game early in the second half.
“We’re just a much better team when Lavonte is on the field,” Bishop Donahue coach John Durdines said. “He’s a weapon for us. He’s a tough matchup out there. But there are a lot of things at play. If the other receivers aren’t doing their jobs, running their routes, he’s not going to be open.”
Hampton finished with 75 yards receiving, and added another 32 on three rushes when the Bishops went to their wildcat look on a couple occasions early.
There were other forces at work as well.
Quarterback Jesse Padlow finished the night completing 12 of 22 passes for 246 yards.
Chaice Truex added five catches for 154 yards and a 75-yard touchdown reception from Padlow.
The Bishops running game accounted for 214 yards.
Perhaps lost in the offensive explosion was the play of the Bishop Donahue’s offensive and defensive line.
Paden City (3-5) never could get its running game going, and quarterback Zach Heasley was under constant harassment the whole night.
He was sacked eight times for a loss of 50 yards and he also had three runs that went more minus-8 yards.
The Wildcats had only 11 run plays in the game.
“Their defensive line was obviously better than our offensive line tonight,” Croasman said.
Heasley finished the night completing 14 of 30 passes for 132 yards, including a 28-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Cross early in the fourth quarter.
By that time, the game had been decided.
The night did start on a bright spot for Paden City, when they halted the Bishops initial drive at their own 4-yard line.
However, Heasley was immediately sacked in the end zone on the Wildcats’ first play from scrimmage for a safety, which proved to be a harbinger of things to come.
That’s when the Padlow to Hampton show started.
After the free kick, it started, when Padlow called an audible out of a run play and found Hampton in the end zone.
The route was on from there.
“We’ve been working on that with Jesse and we told him not to be afraid to call an audible if he sees something,” Durdines said. “But if he calls it, we want him to trust it, and he’s starting to believe in that.”
After that, Padlow and Hampton connected on touchdown passes of 12, 34 and 24 yards.
He added a 55-yard interception for good measure before the half.
The ones that got away.
“Honestly, I can’t be too upset about that,” said Hampton, who missed two-and-a-half games early this season with an injury. “We’re just happy to get the win.”