The Highlanders started the 2015 season with a gritty performance at Justin Siena and in the process extracted some payback for last season’s playoff loss at the hands of the Braves. Nick Pacult set the pace with three touchdowns, while the tough defense forced multiple turnovers. This Friday night at 7:00 pm Piedmont hosts Fremont of Oakland for the first home game of the season at Witter Field. JV game starts at 4:00 pm.
Piedmont used a variety of offensive weapons, solid special teams play and a stifling defense to smother Fremont in their 2015 Witter Field home opener. Nick Pacult contributed two touchdowns and Gabe Watson added 3 more as the Highlanders rolled to victory. Once again, a hustling and swarming defense made all the difference as the team prepares for a tough 3 game stretch of quality opponents. This Friday night Piedmont travels to Hayward for an always tough game against the 2-0 Mariners, who are coming off victories over St. Mary’s and Mt. Eden respectively.
A turnover plagued first quarter combined with a Moreau squad hitting on all cylinders led to one of those night’s that was tough to watch and best forgotten. For the first time in years, Piedmont was on the receiving end of a lopsided loss, with Moreau piling on 48 first half points on the way to a 55-9 victory. Despite all the adversity facing the coaches and players, everyone continued to play hard and remained positive. In the second half the Highlanders held their ground, finished the game with a last minute field goal and headed home with some learned lessons that will hopefully make the team stronger. JV’s 4PM, Varsity 7PM.
The Highlanders returned to form with a convincing win at home against a solid Salesian Pride football team. Piedmont built a 24-0 lead at halftime and a smothering defense brought the victory home. Gabe Watson lead the way with a gritty performance of 139 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Nick Pacult added another rushing touchdown of his own with Josh Landheer contributing a 45 yard field goal to round out the scoring. This Friday night the Fightin’ Highlanders host a tough McClymonds squad with JVs at 4PM and Varsity at 7PM. Wear your Purple!
On a crystal clear October Saturday afternoon, Piedmont traveled to Mt. Eden High School and improved to 6-2 with with one of their best all-around performances of the season. The defense shined allowing only 13 points to the Monarchs, while the offense build a big lead and finished out the game with a 95 yard drive to round out the victory. Next up is Senior Night at Witter Field as Piedmont hosts San Lorenzo in the last regular season home game of the season.
League Championship games are always memorable, but this was one for the history books. Trailing 14-7 at the beginning of the 4th quarter, Piedmont unleashed a fury of big plays to destroy all hopes of an Alameda upset in last week’s WACC League Championship game. For much of the game Alameda committed to a grinding running game to wear down the Highlanders, but Piedmont’s “Darkside Defense” met the challenge and made the Hornet’s earn every inch on the gridiron. When the game entered the 4th quarter, it was Alameda’s huge maulers that started wearing down as Piedmont picked up steam and piled on 28 unanswered points to claim the league title and a gatorade bucket of ice water for Coach Holan.
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