Saturday, October 27, 2007


October 29, 2007

Piedmont wins 6th straight game using A-11 Offense and stout defense!

In their last regular season home game of the 2007 football season, the Piedmont Highlanders treated their raucous crowd to a memorable night and blew out the visiting Moreau Catholic Mariners 47 – 7 in BSAL play.

Piedmont’s wide-open A-11 offense featuring (all eleven players potentially eligible & two quarterbacks in shotgun) produced many big plays, and their traditional Highlander offense provided a powerhouse running game that mixed in deft play action in the rout. Foremost, the Highlander defense held Moreau to less than 120 total yards and the lone touchdown on the night.

“Our team has grown more comfortable in the new A-11 system each week and our team maturity level has constantly improved. We are responding to pressure situations with great focus and enthusiasm to achieve the task at hand.” Said Piedmont head coach Kurt Bryan.

Primary Highlander Quarterback Jeremy George was 10 for 16 passing, for 148 yards and two touchdowns, and he added another 95 yards rushing on 9 carries and a score. George hit wide receiver Joey Andrada on a 23-yard TD pass and later hit tight end Bryce Chu with a 14-yard strike and the score. Piedmont’s other Quarterback Ryan Lipkin, added another scoring pass, a 9-yard toss to wide receiver Devin Brown.

The Highlanders ground game was brutal all night long, rushing for a team total of 234 yards on 29 carries. Running Back, Keith Reid had 77 yards on 9 totes and a five-yard TD run, and Elliot Wainess carried the ball 7 times for 40 yards and one TD as well.

“We can run the ball and we can throw it well too,” explained Bryan, “we always want to be a dual threat offensive team regardless of who we play.”

Piedmont has won 6 straight games, now stands 6 – 2 overall and (4 – 0) in BSAL play.

The Highlanders last two regular season games are on the road against tough league opponents: November 2nd, 7:00PM at John Swett in Crockett, CA, and in the finale at St. Patrick’s on November 9th at 7:00PM.

Saturday, October 20, 2007


Piedmont wins 5th game in a row with A-11 offensive air raid of JFK

In BSAL play: Friday afternoon at JFK – High School in Richmond, CA, the visiting Piedmont Highlanders football team overcame a shaky take off, but then began an aerial attack utilizing its diverse A-11 offense to bomb the Eagles stingy defense en route to a 28 – 0 win. The Highlanders now stand 5 – 2 overall and are tied for first place in the BSAL at (3 – 0) with unbeaten St. Patrick’s of Vallejo, CA (7 – 0).

Piedmont’s A-11 offense featuring two quarterbacks in shotgun and (all eleven players potentially eligible) took the opening drive down the field and picked apart the JFK defense. However, an onslaught of penalties against the Highlanders pushed them back deep into their own territory and Piedmont found themselves in a terrible 1st down and 45 yards to go at their own 25 yard line. No problem, Piedmont marched down the field again, converting on a 4th down and 16 with Primary quarterback Jeremy George finding wide receiver Joey Andrada on the right sideline for the catch.

Piedmont’s two quarterbacks (Jeremy George & Ryan Lipkin) combined for 17 completions in 22 attempts, for 291 yards, with four TD passes and two interceptions. George had the hot hand and finished the day by going (16 of 19, for 276 yards, with 4 TD passes and 1 interception). Piedmont also rushed for 69 yards on 22 carries.

“First off, I want to congratulate JFK for coming to play today, “ said Piedmont Head Coach, Kurt Bryan, “they were ready to get after it against us. But…we shot ourselves in the foot with backbreaking penalties in the first quarter and it cost us major yards and a couple of touchdowns early in the game. After we smoothed out it all went well, and our defense was top notch again today. Also, anytime we complete 17 of 22 passes we have to be thrilled. Our guys are learning to operate within the A-11 very well and it’s a compliment to our entire team & assistant coaches for constantly learning and adjusting.”

George fired touchdown passes to four different Piedmont receivers: Rory Bonnin – 18 yards, Jamel Freeman – 24 yards, Kyle Bonacum – 30 yards, and Alexander Menke – 14 yards. Nine different Piedmont players caught passes on the day.

Piedmont plays its final home game against Moreau Catholic on Friday night, October 26th at Witter Field in Piedmont, CA at 7:00PM. The Highlanders final two games are on the road at John Swett in Crockett, CA, and at St. Patrick’s (Vallejo) on November 9th.

Saturday, October 13, 2007


October 13th, 2007

Re: Piedmont wins 4th game in a row with rough defense and power offense.

At Witter Field in Piedmont, CA on Friday night October 12th, the host Piedmont Highlanders football team left no doubt about the where their focus is for the second half of the season by destroying the Albany Cougars 40 – 7 in BSAL play.

The Highlanders 4-2 overall and (2-0) in league used a stifling defense and punishing ground game combined with their A-11 Offense to dismantle Albany.

Piedmont’s offense spent the first half of the season developing their new A-11 Offensive system (featuring eleven potentially eligible receivers & two quarterbacks in shotgun) and getting the kinks worked out en route to an overall record of 3-2 entering Friday night’s contest vs. Albany. However, the Highlanders sent a message to their upcoming opponents – they can pound the ball on the ground as well.

Seven different ball carriers combined for 170 yards rushing on 38 carries, as Piedmont rushed from their base A-11 Offensive spread sets and their traditional “Highlander” formations as well. Piedmont threw only 9 passes on the night, completing 6 of them, for 26 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions.

“It is important for our team to be balanced and flexible,” explained head football coach, Kurt Bryan, “we need to take what the defense gives us to a certain degree. We like to run and we like to throw, either way…it does not matter to us.”

Primary Piedmont quarterback, Jeremy George drove Piedmont down the field on the opening drive, and began the scoring by hitting WR Elliot Wainess in the end zone for a six-yard touchdown pass. On Piedmont’s second drive of the game, George found the end zone on a four-yard run and a 14 – 0 lead. Piedmont’s defense was relentless all night, forcing Albany into eight turnovers, the highlight of the evening was Safety Rory Bonnin’s 51 – yard interception return for a touchdown and a 20 – 0 Highlander lead to end the first half scoring.

The Highlanders running game paid huge dividends in the second half. Running Backs Keith Reid and Chris McHenry scored on punishing touchdown runs respectively.

“Each week we need to mature and get better,” said Bryan, “So far, so good.”

Piedmont travels to JFK – Richmond to take on the Eagles on Friday the 19th @ 3:15PM.

Monday, October 8, 2007


October 8th, 2007

Re: Piedmont wins 3rd game in a row with stout Defense & incredible last second FG!

On Piedmont High’s homecoming vs. a big and strong Oakland High football team on Friday night, October 5th at Witter Field in Piedmont, CA; the Piedmont Highlanders fought their way to victory until 1.5 seconds were left in the game, as Jordan Remer’s 32-yard field goal split the uprights for the Piedmont win, 17 – 14.

“Oakland was big, fast and physical all night long,” explained Piedmont Head Coach, Kurt Bryan, “it was like a classic Heavyweight boxing match. They were hitting us hard all night and we kept trading blows with them until the last play of the game. At halftime with the score tied 7 – 7, we told our players in the locker room that this game was going to come down to the last play of the night, so mentally prepare for it now.”

Piedmont’s stout defense allowed only 185 yards of total offense by Oakland and one touchdown, while Oakland scored their other touchdown on a blocked punt at the end of the first half.

Piedmont’s A-11 Offense (featuring all eleven players potentially eligible and two QB’s in a shotgun formation) opened the scoring with a 38-yard scoring pass from QB Jeremy George to wide receiver, Joey Andrada to take a 7 – 0 lead. Penalties hurt Piedmont’s offense throughout the night, negating several big gains by its offense. “Now, at the halfway point of the season with a 3 – 2 record and 1 – 0 in league play, we need to clean up our execution a little bit more.” Said Bryan.

In the 3rd quarter, George scampered 13 yards up the middle for a score and the Highlanders lead 14 – 7. However, Oakland tied the game in the 4th quarter, 14 – 14 on a nice touchdown pass, and the final stage was set for Piedmont’t dramatic win.

Piedmont defensive back, Devin Brown intercepted an Oakland pass, and with only 32 seconds left in the game and the ball on their own 17 – yard line, Piedmont began its winning drive. On its first play from scrimmage, George found Brown at midfield for a 39 – yard gain on a deep crossing pass play. On the next play, George rolled to his right and hit Joey Andrada with a 15 – yard out. With only 13 seconds remaining in the game and the ball on Oakland’s 30-yard line, George executed a quarterback draw to perfection and raced to the 15-yard line. The Highlanders called their last time out with 5 seconds on the clock, and Jordan Remer’s 32-yard game winning field goal set off a delirious celebration at Witter Field in front of the hometown crowd.

“It was the most dramatic win I have ever been a part of,” said Bryan, “truly amazing!”

Piedmont continues BSAL play and will host Albany, October 12th at 7:00PM at Witter Field.