District win number one is in the books for the Piedmont Wildcats, as they made the trip down to Elgin on Friday and came back with a 49-20 victory.
Piedmont (2-2) came out slow against the Owls, struggling to contain Elgin’s read option attack. Elgin marched down the field and came away with the first score of its opening drive of the game.
Elgin was able to cling onto that lead until Cassius Calhoun broke free on a long score with just under three minutes to go in the opening frame. Collin Bricker would add a rushing score of his own with just under 40 seconds left in the first quarter to give Piedmont its first lead of the game and the Wildcats wouldn’t look back.
Piedmont’s defense stepped up and adjusted to Elgin’s rushing game in the second quarter. They were able to force the Owl offense into numerous three-and-outs and were able to steadily change the course of the game. Piedmont would take a 21-7 lead into halftime after Bricker and Christian Foster hooked up for a diving score. Dylan Broyles was the go-to receiver against Elgin and was constantly looked to on crucial third downs and opened up Foster for the score.
The Wildcats came out of the break and struggled with some miscues early, but a steady passing attack set up another Calhoun rushing score. Calhoun would rush for a team high 200 yards and reached pay dirt four times against the Owls.
Piedmont and Elgin would trade turnovers late in the third, but Calhoun and the rest of the Wildcats were too much in the fourth quarter. Add in a Hunter Kirton interception and a Foster pick-six, and the night belonged to the blue and gold.
Bricker threw for 165 yards on 10 completions, with a score and two interceptions. He also added 65 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Foster caught four passes for 53 yards and a score. Broyles caught five passes for 80 yards. Austin Ray caught Bricker’s two other passes and gained 24 yards.
“Like I said last week, that’s the team I saw all week in practice,” Coach Craig Church said. “They came out prepared and different kids continue to step up. (Hunter Kirton) had a huge interception, Foster had a pick that went for a score, Bricker played well and our tailback had a great night. It’s starting to spread, making plays is getting infectious. Our defense allowed a couple big plays, but they played extremely well. I couldn’t be more excited about our team. It’s exciting to think back to the Kingfisher scrimmage and see how far we’ve come.”
With the win against Elgin, Piedmont moves to 2-2 on the season and 1-0 in district 4A-1. Now, the team looks forward to next week when they host a tough Clinton team.
“We’re going to keep this win with us for one day,” Jared Slavens said. “We’re going to go back to work and focus on Clinton. Last week, we watched a bunch of film. We knew (Elgin’s) formations. Our coaches help us so much, they spend (so many hours) watching film and breaking things down. They told us what to do and what to do, and we did it.”