Piedmont did something in its season opener that no PHS team had done since 2006.
The Wildcats won. They used a ground-and-pound offense to earn a 30-15 victory at El Reno.
The only way to improve on that?
Beating Weatherford Friday in Piedmont’s home opener set for a 6 p.m. kick. A win would mark Piedmont’s first 2-0 start to a season since 2005, when the Wildcats opened 5-0.
“Going out and beating a known opponent like Weatherford would be a huge boost for us confidence-wise,” head coach Drew Gossen said.
The season-opening win over El Reno did plenty for Piedmont’s confidence. The final score didn’t indicate just how badly the Wildcats outplayed the Indians. PHS rushed for 322 yards while limiting El Reno to just 17 yards on the ground and the Wildcats picked up 18 first downs to El Reno’s seven.
Other than minor tweaks, Piedmont doesn’t plan to change much this week.
“We need to continue to be physical and continue to execute our gameplan,” Gossen said.
Gossen does hope his team can commit fewer penalties, though. The Wildcats had 10 for 105 yards and negated an interception with a roughing the passer penalty. Conditioning, he said, will also be an added focus this week as Piedmont had trouble with cramping throughout last week’s game.
“Huge focus for us. We have to cut down on mistakes. There’s no way we’re going to beat the real solid teams on our schedule if we’re committing 10 penalties,” Gossen said.
Weatherford lost to Perryton, Texas, 30-0 in the opening week of the season, but was a playoff team in Class 4A last season and always plays a physical brand of football under veteran head coach Woody Roof.
“They’re a typical Weatherford team. They’re solid across the board and they’re tough-minded,” Gossen said. “We’re going to have to play a really sound game to beat them.”
The Eagles have beaten Piedmont in each of the last four seasons, including a 36-10 drubbing in Weatherford last season in which Piedmont gained only nine total yards.
This Wildcat team is 1 for 1 on bucking bad trends this season, though. Perhaps snapping a four-game losing skid to Weatherford is next on the list.
“I think we’ve got a really good chance to go out and play our style of football and take it to them,” Gossen said.