Piedmont’s quest for a district title is alive and well.
The Wildcats navigated the first part of a three-game gauntlet to close the season Thursday night at Wildcat Stadium with a 22-14 win over perennial Class 5A power Guthrie behind three touchdowns from quarterback Noah Ellis and a strong defensive effort that forced six Blue Jay turnovers.
Each team committed three turnovers in the first half and Piedmont (6-2, 5-0 in District 5A-2) trailed 14-6 at intermission, but never panicked.
“That was probably my favorite thing about this game. We started out with a lot of adversity. There are a lot of people who kind of count out Piedmont in a game like this,” head coach Drew Gossen said. “Our guys could’ve shut it down and yet they fought through it. That’s the one thing about this team. They’ve figured out how to win.”
Ellis finished only 7 of 19 passing for 70 yards, but made his completions count. Ellis twice connected with senior receiver Koy Priddy for scores. First, on a 38-yard pass with 11:51 in the second quarter for the Wildcats only score of the half and again on a crucial fourth-down-and goal from the 8-yard line that pulled Piedmont within two, 14-12, with 9:06 to play in the third quarter.
Ellis, who’s developed a strong connection with Priddy this season, said there was never any doubt he was throwing his way on the critical fourth down play. Read more →