Saturday, October 27, 2007


George passes for two TDs, runs for one
Article Last Updated: 10/27/2007 02:36:55 AM PDT

PIEDMONT — The Piedmont High football team exploded for five touchdowns to start the second half and routed visiting Moreau Catholic 47-7 in a Bay Shore Athletic League game Friday night.

Junior quarterback Jeremy George threw for an efficient 148 yards — to seven receivers — and two touchdowns, and ran for 95 yards and one touchdown to lead Piedmont (6-2, 4-0 BSAL) to its sixth straight win.

The Highlanders' defense, after giving up an early score to Moreau Catholic (2-6, 1-4), shut down the Mariners, holding the visitors to only 102 yards total offense.

After having two big plays called back on penalties in the first half and missing several scoring chances, Piedmont led by only 12-7 at halftime. But after the break, the Highlanders mixed up their offense, alternating their unique A-11 set with a more traditional formation.

Scoring in the second-half blitz for Piedmont were George on a 23-yard keeper, Joey Andrada on a 23-yard pass from George, Keith Reid on a 5-yard run, Bryce Chu on a 14-yard pass from George, and Devin Brown on a 9-yard pass from Ryan Lipkin.

Highlander kicker Jordan Remer connected on a 25-yard field goal and six extra points, and struck several booming kickoffs.

Saturday, October 20, 2007


A-11 offense is A-OK, piling up 28 points

Article Last Updated: 10/20/2007 02:36:23 AM PDT

RICHMOND — Piedmont High football coach Kurt Bryan is starting to like what he sees of his team's progress in its wide-open A-11 offense.

The Highlanders scored three touchdowns in the second half to break open a close game and earn a 28-0 Bay Shore Athletic League win over John F. Kennedy-Richmond on Friday.

"I was pleased with the execution today," Bryan said. "We looked more mature and had good ball control. Kennedy played us well, they played a good physical game."

Piedmont's lone first-half score came with just 26 seconds left when junior quarterback Jeremy George connected with Rory Bonnin on a 18-yard scoring strike. The play was set up by a 42-yard pass from George to Jamel Freeman.

In the second half, George hooked up with three receivers on touchdown passes. In all, nine Piedmont (5-2, 3-0 BSAL) receivers caught passes from George, who finished 15 of 17 for 222 yards and an interception.

Kennedy's offense, which moved the ball at times through its passing game, took a blow in the first quarter when running back Jammell Harris suffered a broken bone in his wrist after gaining 29 yards on his first five carries.

With the running game weakened, Kennedy used two quarterbacks, Mathew Simon and Amilcar Gonzalez, to try to move the ball. The two combined to complete 9 of 24 passes for 125 yards, but the ground game was held to 36 yards. "Defensively we played lights out," Bryan said. "We just have to watch our penalties and keep them down." Piedmont opened the second half by scoring on its first two possessions.

George hit Freeman with a 24-yard swing pass that went the distance, giving the Highlanders a 14-0 lead.
Then, after an interception stopped a Kennedy (2-5, 1-3) drive at the Piedmont 15, George led the Highlanders on a 70-yard drive that ended with a George TD pass to Kyle Bonacum.

George later connected with Alexander Menke on a 14-yard touchdown pass.

Monday, October 15, 2007



By David Schoen, STAFF WRITER
Article Last Updated: 10/15/2007 02:33:11 AM PDT

PIEDMONT — The smell of skunk filled the air at Witter Field on Friday night. One thing that did not stink, however, was the host Piedmont High football team.

The Highlanders forced eight turnovers and showed off a power running game to go along with their A-11 offense in a 40-7 Bay Shore Athletic League victory over Albany.

It was the fourth straight win for Piedmont (4-2 overall, 2-0 BSAL), which scored the first 26 points of the game before tacking on two late touchdowns.

"At this point in the season, good gets better and bad gets worse," Piedmont coach Kurt Bryan said. "We had to decide what kind of team we want to be. Our slogan all week was good gets better."

Albany (2-4, 0-2) managed a mere 27 total yards in the first half and had five turnovers. Highlanders safety Rory Bonnin had three interceptions, the last of which he returned 51 yards for a touchdown and a 20-0 halftime lead. "Every game, except for our first game, our defense has been lighting people up," Bonnin said.

Even the Cougars' only touchdown came on a fumble as Albany running back Nana Yiadom (42 yards) was drilled at the 2-yard line on a fourth-and-goal. The ball then rolled into the end zone where it was recovered by Albany's Phil Peterson to make it 26-7 with 7:19 remaining. Albany finished with 29 yards rushing and 164 in all. Piedmont put the game away as Chris McHenry scored on a 2-yard run with 1:40 left, and Elliot Wainess returned a fumble 28 yardS for a touchdown on the ensuing kickoff.

Wainess opened the scoring by hauling in a 6-yard pass from quarterback Jeremy George on Piedmont first drive. George then capped a 12-play, 70-yard drive with a 4-yard scamper on a naked bootleg for a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter.
George, who ranked in the top 10 in the East Bay in passing yards heading into the contest, threw just six times, and the Highlanders attempted just nine passes compared to 38 rushes.

Keith Reid led Piedmont with 53 of their 170 yards, including a bruising 12-yard TD that saw him barrell over one defender to give the Highlanders a 26-0 lead.

"In the first half, we were clicking," Bryan said. "We want to be a more balanced team in everything we do."

Friday, October 12, 2007


Remer's field goal gives Piedmont homecoming win

By Jimmy Durkin
Article Launched: 10/12/2007 03:05:49 AM PDT

PIEDMONT -- As the Piedmont High football team was attempting to move the ball into position for a game-winning field goal, coach Kurt Bryan pulled kicker Jordan Remer aside and made sure nobody else talked to him.

That attempt to keep Remer relaxed worked, and the senior made a raucous homecoming crowd go crazy as he split the uprights on a 32-yard field goal attempt with 1. 5 seconds left to give the Highlanders a 17-14 non-league win Oct. 5 over Oakland.

"I was just trying to relax," Remer said of his emotions preparing for the kick. "The enemy is getting too excited. You always work on your mechanics, but if you're not relaxed, it doesn't mean anything." The finals seconds actually ticked off the clock at Witter Field after the kick sailed through, and the Highlanders mobbed Remer thinking the game was over. But the officials added 1.5 seconds to the clock and penalized Piedmont for the understandably overzealous celebration.

The additional time didn't change the outcome however. Oakland attempted a lateral play -- a la Cal-Stanford -- but the first lateral attempt was fumbled and recovered by Piedmont to end the game. Three big plays by Piedmont's Devin Brown in the final half-minute helped the Highlanders (3-2) get Remer in position to be the hero.

The junior made a diving interception on a fourth-down pass with 32.2 seconds remaining. A play later, he made a leaping 38-yard catch for his only reception of the day to move the ball to Oakland's 44. On the following play, with quarterback Jeremy George rolling out under pressure, he backtracked and delivered a crushing block to free George, who completed a 15-yard pass to Joey Andrada to reach the Wildcats' 29.

"I just wanted to win," Brown said. "I was doing it for the seniors. It's their last homecoming." George followed with a 14-yard run to move Remer into position, and he easily booted the kick through. It was the second straight week that Oakland (0-5) saw its hopes of getting a win disappear late. The Wildcats allowed a touchdown and a two-point conversion with 3:53 left to Balboa in a 22-21 loss last week.

"We're getting better," Oakland coach Curtis McCauley said. "We're young and inexperienced, but (the players) play hard for four quarters of football. ... We need these painful experiences to help us grow." Piedmont opened the scoring in the second quarter when Andrada adjusted his route to catch a pass from George and complete a 38-yard touchdown.

It looked to stay 7-0 going into halftime, but with Piedmont backed up and punting, Oakland's Ryan Murphy got his hand up and blocked the kick. It shot into the air, and Rahsaan Jackson caught it and ran 10 yards for the game-tying score.
George gave Piedmont a 14-7 lead with a 20-yard run, but the Wildcats tied it with 8:34 remaining on a 20-yard TD pass from Charles Cobbs to Marcus Aldridge.