PIEDMONT — Piedmont overcame more than 150 yards in penalties and routed Glencoe 61-14 in the Class 3A, Region 5 opener for each team.
The Bulldogs’ defense limited the Yellow Jackets to negative yards passing in the first quarter and negative yards rushing in the first half. Piedmont led 33-0 at halftime, the final score of last year’s win at Glencoe.
“It was a good feeling,” inside linebacker Logan Smith said of the atmosphere in the Bulldogs’ locker room at intermission. “Looking back at last year’s game, how we beat them 33-0, I was like, ‘The sky is the limit from here. It only gets better.’ I was ecstatic.”
All-state nose tackle Logan Beadles said Piedmont’s defensive effort was the result of “everybody doing their assignments.”
“We’ve got some things to work on still but I think we played a good game tonight,” Beadles said. “I was happy with our performance.”
Piedmont coach Steve Smith pointed to three factors that combined to make life difficult on offense for Glencoe — keeping the Yellow Jackets one dimensional by denying the run, putting pressure on quarterback Jakeb Amberson and the pass coverage by his defensive backs.
“Although we didn’t get many sacks tonight, I thought we got good pressure on him, had him throwing off his back foot and throwing on the run,” Smith said. “I think that contributed to the three interceptions in the first half.”
Malachi Jackson got first interception with two minutes to play in the first quarter. It led to a 30-yard touchdown pass from Cardavion Myers to Logan Pruitt on the first play of the second quarter. Myers added a two-point conversion run and Piedmont led 21-0.
With four minutes remaining before halftime, Carl Myers broke on a ball thrown short and returned the pick from near midfield to the Glencoe 2-yard line. Lee Stanley took a toss sweep into the end zone on the next play to set the halftime score. Freshman cornerback Jakari Foster ended Glencoe’s only scoring threat of the first half with an interception near Piedmont’s goal line with 45 seconds left.
Cardavion Myers ran for 69 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries, all in the first half. Stanley ended the game with 124 yards rushing 11 carries, two in the second half. He also caught three passes for 44 yards.
Cardavion Myers completed 9 of 12 passes for 165 yards and two scores in the first half and attempted just one pass after halftime. T.J. Fairs took a short pass from Myers 64 yards and scored on Piedmont’s third offensive play and Brant Deerman kicked the extra point. Myers made it 13-0 on a 30-yard run and, after his scoring pass to Pruitt, added a 6-yard touchdown run for a 27-0 lead.
Layton New upped Piedmont’s lead to 40-0 on a 19-yard run on the second play of the second half. Reserve Braylon Cole carried the ball seven times in the second half for 147 yards. Cole scored on runs of 10 and 67 yards.