September 24, 2007
Re: Piedmont High gets first victory with its new A-11 offense.
On a rain soaked Saturday night September 22nd, 2007 on the road against Trinity High in Weaverville, CA, the Piedmont Highlanders football team got their first win of the season and made history as well. The Highlanders new A-11 Offensive system featuring eleven potentially eligible receivers and two quarterbacks in shotgun formation clicked for most of the night in tough elements against a very physical team.
“We have played three very big and physical teams to begin the season,” explained Head Coach Kurt Bryan, “but have stressed to the players the importance of exponential improvement in the new system on a weekly basis. On Saturday night, the team made another giant leap in the execution of our new offense, and the defense, and special teams played very well. It was a team effort.”
On the wet evening, Piedmont Quarterback, Jeremy George continued his efficient handling of the A-11 offense against Trinity, by going 14 of 26, for 180 yards and a touchdown, and he has yet to throw an interception this season. The touchdown pass was a 60-yard strike to wide receiver, Joey Andrada to seal the victory for the Highlanders in the 4th quarter.
George also rushed for 45 yards on 8 carries, and the Highlanders moved the ball well regularly against Trinity, twice settling for field goals in the first quarter, and missing two other field goal attempts and a red zone conversion.
“It was nice to get our first win,” said Bryan, “but we still have work to do, things to tinker with and adjustments to make. Our protection of the quarterbacks has been excellent, but we need to sharpen up our red zone efficiency.”
Piedmont begins BSAL league play on Friday night, September 28th at 7:00PM against league rival St. Mary’s of Berkeley by hosting them at Witter Field in Piedmont.
“They’re fast and big, and it will be a great test for our team. It would be great to get our first win at home if we can continue to improve at a good clip.” Said Bryan.