Piedmont hosts Lawton Eisenhower in a crucial District 5A-2 game tonight at 7.
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.
“We’re going to run our offense. If we get a chance to keep their offense off the field, we’re going to do that,” Gossen said. “Defensively, we’re going to be aggressive and play our game.”
In Piedmont’s only home game this season, Piedmont fans packed Wildcat Stadium and Gossen expects a similar turnout Friday.
“We’re excited. To have this game at our place is a bonus. We look for a great atmosphere Friday night,” Gossen said. “Everything is kind of coming together for a great night of football.”
Wildcat running back Landon White, who has 10 touchdowns in four games, has been a key cog in the Wildcats’ ground and pound offense so far this season. He’s taking a business-like approach to Friday’s contest.
“We know what we have ahead of us and when it comes time to get it done, we have to get it done,” White said.