Piedmont’s new A-11 Offense continues to improve.
On Friday night September 14th, 2007 in their home opener at Witter Field in Piedmont, CA, the Highlanders football team had much to prove to themselves, to their fans, to football purists and to the Truckee High Wolverines. The Highlanders continue to develop and refine their new A-11 Offensive system, which features a groundbreaking eleven - potentially eligible receivers every down, and two quarterbacks in shotgun formation, dependent upon the situation.
Truckee has won the Nevada 3A State Championship twice in the past three years, and last year at Truckee the Wolverines defeated Piedmont by a score of 33 – 7.
On Friday night things were much different as the Highlanders proved their new A-11 Offense will be something to be reckoned with. Truckee defeated Piedmont by a score of 15 – 7, and the game was as close as the score would indicate. Several times the Highlanders were able to penetrate deep into Truckee territory; only to have their offensive drives thwarted by a costly penalty or key mistake.
Piedmont made history on Friday night, when Quarterback Jeremy George found wide receiver Joey Andrada in the right corner of the end zone for an 8-yard touchdown pass to make the score, 12 – 6 Truckee, a successful PAT made the score 12 – 7 and Piedmont was in business. It was the first offensive touchdown ever scored in football history in their new A-11 Offense.
In their combined aerial attack, both Highlander Quarterbacks, George and Ryan Lipkin, were an impressive 20 of 27, for 186 yards, with one touchdown and one interception.
“That was a huge score for us, big for the kids, the program and the new system. We have been close many times and finally got the monkey off our backs.” Said Piedmont head football coach, Kurt Bryan.
On the season, the Highlander’s quarterback duo has completed 64.5% of their passes, by going (31 of 48) with one touchdown and one interception, an impressive start in their new system.
Piedmont travels to Weaverville, CA for their next game to take on a physically tough Trinity High School team on Saturday night September 22nd. “We’re coming together nicely and I have a good feeling about our next game,” said Bryan. “It should be a real barnburner and our offense is starting to gel.”