There weren’t many heads hanging around Piedmont’s football facility this week.
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.”
Noble handled the Wildcats 30-10 in Piedmont last season and won at Noble 34-19 in 2014. Buol completed 22 of 34 passes for 328 yards and three touchdowns without an interception in last year’s game.
That all means one thing: A big challenge for a youthful Piedmont secondary that allowed a pair of big plays through the air last week against Weatherford, a team that prefers to run the football.
“They’re really going to have to stay disciplined and read their keys and play the offense the way it’s supposed to be played,” Gossen said.