NOBLE — A bevy of turnovers and big plays doomed a Piedmont team looking for its first win of the season Friday night at Noble. The Bears (2-1) scored 34 second-half points and capitalized on six Piedmont turnovers — four in as many possessions in the final quarter — to beat Piedmont (0-3) 34-19.
Trailing 21-13 into the fourth quarter, the Wildcats’ first four possessions ended with a fumble and three interceptions that Noble scored 13 points off. The Bears turned the third interception of the quarter into points immediately with a 30-yard interception return for a score by C.J. Jennings that put Noble in front 28-13 with 5:33 to play.
“Turnovers were the name of the game,” Piedmont head coach Drew Gossen said. “That was obviously the biggest thing.”
Quarterback Colby Bricker’s fifth interception of the night a possession later turned into six more points when Corben Evans plunged in from two yards out with 1:44 to play to ice the game.
“He’s in a tough spot,” Gossen said of Bricker, who finished the game 17 of 38 passing for 230 yards and two touchdowns. “He got hamstrung a little there late by the way the defense was playing. They played some coverages that were tough to throw into because of the situation. Just a bad deal.” Read more →