PIEDMONT ROLLS PAST KENNEDY
A-11 offense is A-OK, piling up 28 points
By Don August, CORRESPONDENT
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.