Piedmont struggled to move the ball on Friday night at Deer Creek and the lack of experience on both sides of the ball was partially the reason. The Wildcats dropped the opening game of the year 52-13.
The Wildcats came out of the gate with a pair of false start penalties and set the tone for a disappointing debut. Deer Creek took the ball to the house on the ensuing drive. Piedmont’s offensive woes continued on their next possession as the Wildcats tried to establish the running game. A fumbled snap and a couple Antler plays later and Piedmont found themselves in a two score deficit at the 7:27 mark of the first quarter. Deer Creek lead 35-0 after one.
Deer Creek got great field position on each of the first half possessions, which set up the easy scores. Piedmont wasn’t able to record a first down until the second quarter, when they were already down 35-0. The Wildcats were finally able to put a bit of a drive together early in the second quarter but a 100-yard pick six by Deer Creek took the wind out of Piedmont’s sails.
Deer Creek went into the half with a 42-0 lead and stretched that lead to 52-0 before Piedmont was able to get on the board.
Darrius Burris connected with Christian Foster on a 49-yard touchdown pass and catch early in the fourth quarter. After the missed extra point, Colby Bricker was able to step in front of an Antler pass and take it to the house.
“The big thing is all the little details,” Coach Craig Church said. “We have to get better at all the little details; pass protection, angles in the secondary, special teams. Our inexperience showed. Against a team like Deer Creek, you can’t let them get going out of the gate.
“I thought as we went along some things got better. Our sprint out plays were good. Our linebackers played well. We had several kickoff returns that were a block or two away from going the distance. The main thing is we need the confidence to rebound. How the guys approach practice this week will be big. I still feel like we are as talented as I thought we were (before the season), we’re just inexperienced. Harrah is a good football team and they are very well coached. We have a challenge ahead of us next week.”
Piedmont hosts Harrah next Friday at Stout Field. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.