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.
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.
“Honestly, when I caught it, I didn’t think I was in the end zone. I thought I was on like the five. I came down with it and I was just looking up and thinking, all right, what’s the next play, and I look over and there’s a pylon next to me. he said. “When I realized I had scored I was pretty hyped.”
Added Gossen: “He’s a guy we were real excited to have back. He opens up a few things and gives us a downfield threat. It’s nice to have him back.”
The senior receiver had another touchdown catch wiped away due to a penalty of his own making when he lined up illegally.
“He’s a little rusty,” Gossen said. “But he did a great job.”
Ellis finished the night 10 of 16 passing for 131 yards with two touchdown passes. His first touchdown toss of the game, also Piedmont’s first score, was an 11-yard pass to Dylan Meador with 6:47 to play in the first quarter.
Defensively, the Wildcats were solid from beginning to end as Classen never threatened to score. Koy Priddy and Jacob Storts both picked off passes in the game.
Next week, Piedmont (2-2, 1-0) hosts Lawton Ike (1-3, 1-0) in a district game that’ll likely be crucial for playoff positioning.
“We’ve kind of had Week 5 circled on our calendars all year long knowing it would be a huge one,” Gossen said. “We have ourselves set up right where we want to be. We’re excited about that.”