High school football: Piedmont over Clinton highlights week of upsets

by Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Published: October 19, 2013
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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.

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by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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