Piedmont head coach Drew Gossen is confident his team has improved each week of the season.
He’s also sure his team remains confident despite an 0-6 start to the year. That doesn’t mean Piedmont wouldn’t desperately like to win tonight’s game against Southeast (1-5, 0-3) set for a 7 p.m. kick at Wildcat Field.
“That would be a big deal,” Gossen said. “It’s hard to replace that feeling of going out and earning a win.”
It’s a feeling Piedmont hasn’t felt yet this season after four games against Top 10 opponents in six games to start the year. The Wildcats faced a similar gauntlet last season when they started 0-6, but rebounded with a win over Southeast that helped spur Piedmont on to a strong finish that brought them within a win of the postseason.
Like last season, Piedmont is still in position to challenge for a playoff spot if it finishes the season well. The Wildcats hopes of reaching the playoffs got a shot in the arm last week when Western Heights pulled an upset of Deer Creek in Edmond. It’s a warning not to take anyone opponent lightly, but also a reminder that the ‘Cats still have a chance to make a move in the standings.
“Right now our district is in a bit of a frenzy,” Gossen said. “We feel like if we can get four district wins we’re right there in the hunt.”
It’s not unlike last year when Piedmont needed only to win at Bishop McGuinness in its last regular season game of the year to secure the final playoff spot in 5A-II.
“This year, the way things are shaking out, it might not be as neat and clean at the end,” Gossen said. “There might be some scores and all that stuff that come into play, but if we get four district wins we’ve got a shot.” Read more →