It was a big week for upsets, particularly among the bigger schools, in Week 7 of high school football.
But it's hard to find one bigger than Piedmont's 45-19 defeat of Class 4A defending champion Clinton, which was ranked No. 4 in the class.
Clinton was without some key starters, including its stout running back duo of Marquiz Simpkins and Donivien Brown, and Piedmont took advantage.
Piedmont's defense gave up less than 100 yards in the second half, while the offense took control of the game. Running back Darrius Burris rushed for 224 yards on 35 carries, with three touchdowns, while quarterback Lucas Richert threw for 172 yards on 12-of-19 passing.
With losses to Deer Creek, Harrah and Woodward in the first four games, Piedmont (4-3, 3-1) took some lumps, but rebounded to win three straight games.
“When you look back at the schedule now — and we scrimmaged Kingfisher and Guthrie, too — we've played some pretty good teams,” Piedmont coach Craig Church said. “I think that's starting to pay off for our kids in terms of physical play and being mentally tough. We realize it's gonna be hard and you'll have to fight through adversity.
“The thing I'm most proud of is that physically, our kids came to play. That was as physical a ballgame as we've played all season.”
Piedmont wasn't the only team to pull off a big upset. Class 5A and 6A each had a ranked team lose to an unranked opponent.
In Class 6A, Tulsa Washington jumped on top of No. 7 Owasso early and held on for a 36-20 victory that could give the Hornets a leg up on a home playoff berth.
In 5A, Pryor continued its improved season with a 35-26 win over No. 9 Claremore, moving to 4-0 in district play and 5-2 overall.
In addition to Piedmont's shocker over Clinton in Class 4A, No. 3 Poteau was knocked off by 10th-ranked Cascia Hall.
And in Class A, second-ranked Thomas, which had earned that ranking with some impressive wins through the first six weeks, fell to No. 6 Hollis 40-15.
LAWTON'S BARNETT ADDS ALABAMA OFFER
Lawton junior offensive lineman Jalin Barnett added another offer to his growing list Friday, but this time it came from defending national champion Alabama.
Barnett, who is considered one of the top juniors in the country, now has eight offers, including Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
Barnett said the Alabama offer pumped him up heading into Friday's 50-33 victory against Edmond Santa Fe and that he played better as a result.
KINGFISHER'S NAULT REACHING MORE MILESTONES
In his six-touchdown performance against Centennial on Thursday night, Kingfisher running back Landon Nault reached a couple of individual milestones for his four-year career.
Nault recorded his 100th career rushing touchdown in the game, and also surpassed the 6,000-yard mark for his career. He also surpassed the 1,000-yard plateau for the season, a mark he has reached in every season of his career.
Nault has 108 total touchdowns in his career and 6,025 rushing yards for second-ranked Kingfisher, which will try to improve to 8-0 on the season when it hosts Bethel on Friday.
OKC STORM'S COLLINS COMMITS TO TCU
After a standout junior season in which he earned a spot on The Oklahoman's Little All-City boys basketball first team, OKC Storm guard Chauncey Collins has verbally committed to TCU, according to Storm coach Kurt Talbott.
Collins had multiple 40-point games for the Storm last season, averaging 23.4 points per game to lead the Storm to the national homeschool championship, while claiming the national MVP award as well.
BIRDOW HAS BIG NIGHT FOR ALTUS
Altus sophomore running back Taven Birdow had a career night for the Bulldogs on Thursday during their 77-7 rout of Southeast.
Birdow, the son of former Oklahoma State standout Jermaine Birdow, rushed for a school-record 327 yards on 13 carries in a little more than a half of work.
He scored five times during that span, too. He has now rushed for 1,184 yards and eight touchdowns on 142 carries this season.
As a team, Altus rushed for 513 yards, which is also a school record.