Glencoe (2-0) comes to Piedmont on Friday as the two teams open their Class 3A, Area 5 schedule. The Yellow Jackets appear to be improved for second-year head coach Rusty Davis after going 3-7 in their first year under Davis. Last year’s losses included a 33-0 shutout at the hands of the Bulldogs.
Glencoe opened the 2017 season with a 40-13 win over West End two weeks ago then downed Westbrook Christian 28-17 last Friday. Quarterback Jakeb Amberson was 12-for-14 passing for 201 yards and two touchdowns against Westbrook. Noah Huff was his favorite receiver with six catches for 62 yards. Linebacker Bradley Scott led Glencoe’s defense with 13 tackles.
In the win over West End, Amberson was 6-for-10 for 174 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 84 yards and two touchdowns. Sam Kimbril’s four catches covered 146 yards and accounted for two touchdowns. Junior lineman Julian Bethel had three sacks and six additional tackles.
The Bulldogs (1-1) defeated visiting Cherokee County 42-20 last Friday. It was Piedmont’s eighth consecutive victory over the Warriors. Cherokee County’s last win came in 2009.
Big plays through the air and an interception return for a touchdown keyed this year’s win by Piedmont. The Bulldogs and the Warriors swapped touchdown blows in the early part of the game. Piedmont led 18-14 when the first quarter ended.
Early in the second quarter, Cherokee County was moving toward Piedmont’s end zone again when cornerback Carl Myers intercepted a screen pass attempt at the Cherokee County 49-yard line and returned the pick for a touchdown. Lee Stanley ran for two points and Piedmont led 26-14 with 9:31 left before halftime.
“At that time we were trading scores and the interception return that Carl had for a touchdown was a huge turning point in the game I felt, a big-time play by him,” Bulldogs coach Steve Smith said.
The Warriors punted twice more in the next nine minutes. Piedmont got the second half kickoff and scored in three plays. The last was a 52-yard pass from Cardavion Myers to Kaedon Jenkins. Trailing 32-14, Cherokee County tried and failed to convert a fourth-and-one at the Piedmont 48-yard line.
Five plays later, Cardavion Myers connected on his second scoring strike to wide receiver T.J. Fairs, this one good for 40 yards. Brant Deerman kicked the extra point and Piedmont led 36-14 with just under six minutes still to go in the third quarter.
Deerman’s 28-yard field goal with 8:43 to play ended the scoring for Piedmont. Cherokee County added a touchdown but Carl Myers made his second interception of the game to stop a two-point conversion attempt.
Cardavion Myers, a first-team All-State pick by the Alabama Sports Writers Association last year at defensive back, was spectacular throwing the ball in his second start at quarterback. Official Piedmont stats showed him 6-for-9 passing 270 yards with one interception. His six completions included four touchdowns. The first scoring strike went to Fairs for 58 yards and a 6-0 lead on Piedmont’s first possession. The second went to Darien Bossie for 45 yards with 12 seconds left in the first quarter and earned Piedmont a 18-14 advantage.
Overall, Fairs had two catches for 98 yards and two touchdowns, Bossie two for 84 yards and one score, Jenkins one for 52 yards and a touchdown and Stanley one for 36 yards.
While Piedmont’s passing attack was impressive, its ground game was even more eye-popping. The Bulldogs gashed the Cherokee County defense for 363 yards on the ground. Cardavion Myers ran 13 times for 154 yards. His 49-yard run around left end with 4:05 to play in the first quarter put Piedmont ahead 12-7 at that point. Stanley rushed for 122 yards on 14 carries. Braylon Cole netted 67 yards on nine carries and Layton New had 21 yards on three tries.
“I’m proud of our guys for the way we bounced back after a tough loss last week,” Smith said.