The most challenging and most important game of the season so far awaits Piedmont Friday night. The Bulldogs, still ranked No. 3 in the current Alabama Sports Writers Association Class 3A poll, travel to Glencoe for a crucial 3A, Region 6 game against the Yellow Jackets. Glencoe moved up one place in this week’s poll to No. 5 after mashing Westbrook Christian 56-0 last week.
Piedmont improved to 2-0 in Class 3A, Area 12 volleyball with a 3-0 win at Weaver on September 11. The scores were 25-18, 25-13 and 25-17.
Veteran coach Jason Howard preached living in the present and his Spring Garden Panthers listened. As a result, the third week of the high school football season has come and gone for Spring Garden and the Panthers are 3-0 overall and 2-0 in Class 1A, Region 7. The two region wins have come against Cedar Bluff and Gaylesville. Both the Tigers and the Trojans are expected to contend for Region 7’s four playoff berths.
The Gaylesville game will be Spring Garden’s first home game of the season and the Panthers will be looking to repeat the scenario that carried them past Cedar Bluff, solid defense and no turnovers.
Region play continues for the Piedmont Bulldogs this week as the Ohatchee Indians (1-1) travel to Piedmont Friday. Under new head coach Scott Martin the Indians won their opener over Southeastern, had an open date the next week then lost to Westbrook Christian Friday at home in their region opener.
Wellborn has traditionally been a tough place to play volleyball for Piedmont. That history makes Thursday’s 3-1 win over the Panther even more impressive. It was a solid opening in Area action, too. The Bulldogs started slowly and lost the opening game 25-15. Thereafter, it was all Piedmont as the Bulldogs won 25-15, 25-21, 26-24. In the fourth game, Piedmont trailed 16-12 and then 21-14. Wellborn called its final timeout clinging to a 23-20 lead and the Bulldogs ran off six more points while the Panthers scored just once more.
Piedmont begins its quest for the Class 3A, Region 6 football title at Ashville Friday. Each team is 1-0 after Piedmont waltzed past visiting Cherokee County 48-20 Friday and Ashville won at home 18-7 over White Plains.
Senior fullback Matt Mullinax scored three touchdowns and sophomore tailback Dakota Lambert had two scoring runs as Spring Garden opened its 2014 football campaign with a 44-20 road win over Appalachian. Spring Garden opens Class 1A, Region 7 play at intra-county rival Cedar Bluff Friday. The Tigers opened with a 41-24 loss to 2A Collinsville last week.
The final score of Saturday’s Champions Challenge jamboree in Montgomery against Dadeville wasn’t what Piedmont wanted it to be but there were lots of positive experiences from the game which Dadeville eventually won 14-8.