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Archive for: September 2016

Piedmont blasts Lawton Eisenhower, 26-12

Blake Colston
sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

One team took a big step toward securing a spot in the postseason, while another went in the opposite direction Friday night at Wildcat Stadium.

Photo by Hugh Scott Koy Priddy hauls in a touchdown pass from Noah Ellis during Piedmont's 26-12 win over Lawton Ike Friday.

Photo by Hugh Scott
Koy Priddy hauls in a touchdown pass from Noah Ellis during Piedmont’s 26-12 win over Lawton Ike Friday.

Piedmont raced out to a 20-0 lead and dominated from start to finish in a 26-12 win over Lawton Eisenhower to improve 3-2 overall and 2-0 in District 5A-2 play.

Landon White ran 27 times for 201 yards for Piedmont while Eisenhower gained just 191 yards as a team and committed eight penalties for 100 yards in a game Piedmont led wire-to-wire.

“We’ve been saying all along how big this game was. We’ve been thinking playoffs all season,” Piedmont head coach Drew Gossen said. “This, obviously, is just one step down that road, but it was a big step.”

White, along with quarterback Noah Ellis and Piedmont’s defense, had a big hand in the victory. Ellis rushed for scores of eight and six yards and also threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Koy Priddy.

But defensive end Christian Bricker made the play that sealed the game. Bricker tipped an R.J. Fisher pass at the line of scrimmage and gathered it in near the goaline for an 8-yard interception return for a score with 2:33 left in the third quarter to put Piedmont in front 26-6.

“It definitely put it away,” Bricker said of the play. “I just came around the corner, tipped it up and I looked up and I was in the end zone and caught it. It was kind of just set up for me I guess.”

On Ike’s next offensive play, Bricker sacked Fisher for a 7-yard loss. Read more →

Piedmont hosts Lawton Eisenhower in key district contest tonight

Blake Colston
sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

Piedmont hosts Lawton Eisenhower in a crucial District 5A-2 game tonight at 7.

Photo by Hugh Scott Landon White churns for extra yards against Weatherford.

Photo by Hugh Scott
Landon White churns for extra yards against Weatherford.

The winner will take a big step toward making the postseason, while the loser likely will have to play catch up in the race for the final district playoff spot for the rest of the season.

Piedmont blasted Northwest Classen, 33-0, in its district opener Friday, while Eisenhower coasted past Guymon, 40-10, so both teams enter with momentum.

“We know it’s a big week, but it’s just another week. Last week we took it as an important week because it was game number one and this week is another big week,” head coach Drew Gossen said. “And they all will be from here on out.”

Eisenhower’s season has been a tale of two sides of the ball. Led by dynamic quarterback R.J. Fisher, the Eagles have averaged 32 points per game on offense, but have allowed 42 per game on defense during a 1-3 start to the season.

“Their offense really goes. They have a varied attack, they run the ball well, they throw the ball well,” Gossen said. “They have athletes in several spots and their quarterback kind of makes everything go.”

In its final non-district game, Piedmont faced Noble and its high-powered offense led by quarterback Baehler Buol. With a run-heavy, ball control offensive gameplan in place, the Wildcats held the Bears to their lowest scoring output of the season in a 33-27 loss. That figures to be the plan against Ike, too. Read more →

Piedmont rolls past Northwest Classen

Blake Colston
sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

OKLAHOMA CITY — Piedmont handled its business Friday night at Taft Stadium against Northwest Classen ahead of a key district contest at home vs. Lawton Eisenhower next Friday.

Photo by Holly Cowden Easton Hensley displays the ball to an official on his 32-yard touchdown catch Friday night.

Photo by Holly Cowden
Easton Hensley displays the ball to an official on his 32-yard touchdown catch Friday night.

The Wildcats racked up 330 total yards of offense while holding Classen to minus-7 yards in a 33-0 rout in both teams’ district opener.

Jacob Bakewell ran for two scores, Landon White scored his ninth touchdown of the season and Easton Hensley, playing in his first game this season, added a 32-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Noah Ellis.

“We wanted to come out, execute and let the score take care of itself,” head coach Drew Gossen said. “I’m proud that we came out and played well and executed what we were supposed to do.”

White finished with 82 yards on 17 carries in limited action. Bakewell had 44 yards yards on seven rushes, and Hensley, who returned from a hip flexor injury that held him out for Piedmont’s non-district slate, hauled in three passes for 55 yards and a score.

“It felt great. I’m a little out of shape because I haven’t been running for four or five weeks,” he said.

Hensley’s touchdown catch put Piedmont in front 19-0 with 10:08 to play in the first half. It was a play Hensley wasn’t able to appreciate right away, though. Read more →

Piedmont Gazette Podcast, Edition 3

Piedmont Gazette sports editor Blake Colston and Piedmont head wrestling coach Erik Ford discuss what’s wrong with OU football, if OSU can beat Baylor and Piedmont football playoff’s chances. Plus, one of us missed big on a Thursday Night Football prediction. All brought to you by Carter Chevrolet in Okarche.

Piedmont opens district play tonight at Northwest Classen

Blake Colston
sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

Piedmont opens its District 5A-II schedule Friday night at 7 p.m. at historic Taft Stadium against Northwest Classen with something it hasn’t had in some time.

Photo by Holly Cowden Landon White carries the ball in Piedmont's loss at Noble Friday night.

Photo by Holly Cowden
Landon White carries the ball in Piedmont’s loss at Noble Friday night.

The Wildcats have a real belief that they’re a legitimate postseason contender.

“I think these guys know and I think they understand that they have a chance to compete now,” head coach Drew Gossen said. “Since the beginning we’ve talked about the playoffs. That’s our goal and we want nothing less and now that opportunity is at hand. This is where it all begins.”

In each of the previous two seasons, Piedmont entered district play without a win, beat up and lacking momentum. Despite a 1-2 record, things are different this season. The Wildcats have been in close losses to Weatheford and Noble until the final minutes. Read more →

Noble rallies to knock off Piedmont, 33-27

Blake Colston
sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

NOBLE — Piedmont produced 24 first downs, gained 415 total yards and kept Noble’s high-octane offense at bay by dominating time of possession Friday night.

None of it was enough to win.

Photo by Holly Cowden Landon White carries the ball in Piedmont's loss at Noble Friday night.

Photo by Holly Cowden
Landon White carries the ball in Piedmont’s loss at Noble Friday night.

The Wildcats committed four turnovers, missed chances to put Noble away and squandered a fourth-quarter lead in a 33-27 loss to the Bears.

Baehler Buol hit Dallas Dow over the middle for a 55-yard touchdown pass with 2:13 to play to cap a wild comeback for the Bears. Piedmont fumbled the ensuing kickoff to seal its fate.

“Sometimes that happens and it was a mistake that cost us,” head coach Drew Gossen said. “That wasn’t the only one, there were a lot of opportunities we had.”

Buol completed 21 of 34 passes for 344 yards and three touchdowns without an interception while leading his team back from an 8-point deficit with less than eight minutes to play.

The rally spoiled a signature performance from Piedmont, which got 195 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 24 carries from senior Landon White. White helped Piedmont’s offense control time of possession and keep Noble’s high-powered offense off the field while building a 20-13 halftime edge.

“The first half couldn’t have gone any smoother,” Gossen said. Read more →

Piedmont confident heading to Noble

Blake Colston
sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

There weren’t many heads hanging around Piedmont’s football facility this week.

Photo by Hugh Scott Jacob Bakewell, left, Alex Rodriguez, center, and Dylan Meador converage to tackle Weatherford's Ryan Terry.

Photo by Hugh Scott
Jacob Bakewell, left, Alex Rodriguez, center, and Dylan Meador converage to tackle Weatherford’s Ryan Terry.

Yes, Piedmont (1-1) lost a 27-20 game against Weatherford that it led 13-0 at one point and easily could’ve won. But the Wildcats controlled the final quarter of the game and came within fingertips of scoring a touchdown to even the score in the final minutes.

So as Piedmont travels to play at Noble (2-0) tonight at 7:30 in its final non-district game, the Wildcats are as confident as ever.

“It’s disappointing to come off a loss, and it sounds weird to say, but it was almost momentum building in some ways,” head coach Drew Gossen said. “To see them fight back like they did and really attack in the fourth quarter, we feel pretty good about it.”

Playing more disciplined football, as it relates to all aspects of the game, is the key to turning close losses into victories, Gossen said.

Noble likely presents Piedmont with its most difficult game thus far. The Bears’ quarterback, Baehler Buol, has led them to easy wins over Newcastle (47-10) and Chickasha (55-14) in the first two weeks of the season. Through just three games last season, Buol threw for 994 yards and 14 touchdowns, and the Bears have 1,000-yard receiver Christian Robinson-Moore back, too.

“They’re a high-powered offense,” Gossen said. “They run a lot of formations and their quarterback is good. He puts the ball in the right spots a lot on film.” Read more →

Piedmont softball hopes to peak at right time

Blake Colston
sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

Piedmont’s softball team continues to grow under first-year head coach Keith Coleman.

Photo by Dave Owen Piedmont's Abby Detar tags out a Muskogee runner in a tournament at Carl Albert this season.

Photo by Dave Owen
Piedmont’s Abby Detar tags out a Muskogee runner in a tournament at Carl Albert this season.

The one person who wishes that the methodical process would speed up most? Keith Coleman. But Coleman also happens to be the same guy that knows it doesn’t work that way, especially when growing up includes replacing an All-American pitcher and a college-bound catcher.

“We’re just about exactly where I thought we would be at this point,” Coleman, who’s team was 11-10 overall after two losses at Coweta on Tuesday, said. “We have some really good innings and then we have some innings where we show our youth and inexperience.”

In the circle, Piedmont has settled on freshman Chloe Bohuslavicky and senior Morgan Davis to fill the massive void left by All-American and Texas Tech signee Kassidy Scott. Both have been solid. Davis has a 1.47 ERA in 47 1/3 innings. Bohuslavicky has 41 strikeouts in 41 2/3 innings with a 3.52 ERA. Neither has truly pulled ahead of the other and that’s OK with Coleman. Read more →

Weatherford edges Piedmont, 27-20

Blake Colston
sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

Piedmont head coach Drew Gossen is confident that his program is close to turning the tide and becoming a true postseason contender this season.

Photo by Hugh Scott Piedmont's Jacob Storts collides with Weatherford's Javier Martinez in the first half of Friday's game.

Photo by Hugh Scott
Piedmont’s Jacob Storts collides with Weatherford’s Javier Martinez in the first half of Friday’s game.

Friday night, Piedmont was mere fingertips away from taking another big step in a front of a sellout crowd at Wildcat Stadium, but a furious fourth-quarter rally came up just short when Noah Ellis’ fourth down pass deflected off the hands of diving receiver Jacob Storts in the end zone on fourth and goal from the 14-yard line to seal Weatherford’s 27-20 win.

“They decided that they were going to fight back and they did,” Gossen said of his teams’ rally. “We just came up a little bit short.”

Weatherford quarterback Ryan Terry led the way for the Eagles, passing for 173 yards and a touchdown while running for 51 more yards and another score. Terry’s first down run in the final minutes iced the game. He added an interception on defense.

“He’s a winner,” Weatherford head coach Woody Roof said of Terry. “He’s kind of got what football coaches call saavy of the game. He was great tonight.”

Trailing 27-13 entering the fourth quarter, the Wildcats’ rally began when Piedmont mounted a scoring drive capped by Landon White’s 11-yard touchdown run with 8:21 to play. After a stop on defense, White did more heavy lifting on Piedmont’s  next drive with carries of eight, eight, 11 and 36 yards to take the ball to the Weatherford 20 with 4:46 remaining. Read more →

Great Plains National Bank supports Piedmont football

Tim Farley/Gazette Jay Winkle, of Great Plains National Bank, stands in front of the Wildcat tunnel that players exit before each game. Great Plains is the major sponsor of all home games this season.

Tim Farley/Gazette
Jay Winkle, of Great Plains National Bank, stands in front of the Wildcat tunnel that players exit before each game. Great Plains is the major sponsor of all home games this season.

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