GLENCOE — Consecutive losses the past two weeks had Piedmont players in a bad mood when they took the field Friday.
The result was three touchdowns in the first quarter and eventually at 37-0 win over the winless Yellow Jackets. Piedmont led 34-0 at halftime. Several starters stayed on the sideline the entire second half.
“The losing — we felt like we weren’t working as a team so we had to come together as a unit and see what happened. … As a team we played a whole lot better. When we play as a team we get things done,” senior wide receiver T.J. Fairs said.
Departing from normal, Piedmont elected to receive the opening kickoff rather than defer to the second half. Head coach Steve Smith said the Bulldogs had given up a touchdown on their opponent’s opening drive in each of their first six games. Piedmont didn’t score on the opening possession but the defense force a punt immediately. The Bulldogs got touchdowns the next five times they had the ball.
“I thought it was a good team effort on the defensive side holding them out and offensively us being able to be efficient the first half on five out of six possessions,” Smith said.
What to know
—Fairs and Kaedon Jenkins were the most explosive pieces in Piedmont’s offensive arsenal. Jenkins scored the Bulldogs’ second touchdown on a 32-yard pass from quarterback Mason Mohon, breaking a tackle 10 yards downfield. He got the third on the final play of the first quarter, a 25-yard run against the flow on a fake jet sweep to Fairs. Jenkins ended with 97 yard rushing on four carries and one reception and didn’t play in the second half. Fairs scored on a 55-yard sweep with 4:33 to play in the second quarter. He had two carries for 64 yards and caught four passes for 28 yards.
—Piedmont’s first touchdown came on a 51-yard pass from reserve quarterback Jack Hayes to D’Angelo Foster with7:32 to go in the first quarter. Foster caught the ball near the Glencoe 25-yard line and spun out of a tackle to score.
—Elijah Johnson scored the final touchdown on a 16-yard run, carrying Glencoe tacklers with him the final five yards, with 1:22 to play before intermission.
—Bryce Walter boomed a 30-yard field goal on Piedmont’s first possession of the second quarter to set the final score. Brant Deerman was 4-for-5 on extra points, missing his fourth attempt.
—Jenkins on the importance of the win: “Coming off those two losses we needed a morale booster — just something to pick us up and get us going on the track we needed to be going and let us just understand who we really are.”
—Piedmont, now 4-1 in Class 3A, Region 6 and 5-2 overall, hosts Region 6 foe B.B. Comer. It will be Piedmont’s homecoming game. Glencoe (0-5, 0-7) entertains Weaver.