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Piedmont gets creative to stay in game shape

Piedmont gets creative to stay in game shape

PIEDMONT – It’s not often a high school football team will go nearly a month while playing only one football game.

Yet that’s the situation Piedmont is facing. 

The Wildcats (3-1, 1-0 District 5A-2) will play only their second district game at 2 p.m. Saturday when they host Carl Albert. Piedmont has played only once since Sept. 18, its final nondistrict contest against Noble. 

In Week 4, its district opener against Guthrie was postponed only two hours before kickoff. Piedmont had nearly arrived at Jelsma Stadium before turning around. In Week 5, the Wildcats traveled to the panhandle and dismantled Guymon 57-0. Then last week, its game against Western Heights was canceled because the Jets aren’t playing football this fall. 

“The biggest part of it is losing game shape,” Piedmont coach Jeff Hall said. “We’ve been doing a lot of conditioning and making sure, especially on Fridays that we’ve not had games, we’ve run extra trying to simulate some game scenarios.

“But it’s tough. It’s really tough. Being in the boat that we’re in, we really won’t know anything until Saturday whether it’s worked or not.”

Last season, the Wildcats shocked the Titans in Week 5, ending their 40-game win streak at F&M Bank Stadium. 

The challenge that awaits Saturday is similar to last season. Carl Albert (4-1, 2-0) remains stout, but Piedmont, while capable of winning, will have to find its groove quickly. 

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Sudbury photo: Getting creative and staying in shape

Sudbury photo: Getting creative and staying in shape

How is it possible to meet the challenge of staying fit and leading group exercises when physical distancing has to be maintained in the school gymnasium? Patrick Wissell, physical education teacher at École St-Étienne (Dowling) and expert in the matter, was successful in rising to the challenge. Here is one of his recipes: start with a bucket, add noodles, then a few hoops and, finally, rubber chickens. Indeed, with the implementation of recent changes in our classrooms, he has been able to draw on his bank of ideas to develop dynamic and motivating physical education lessons for all the students of the school while respecting the physical distancing measures. Supplied photo

How is it possible to meet the challenge of staying fit and leading group exercises when physical distancing has to be maintained in the school gymnasium?

Patrick Wissell, physical education teacher at École St-Étienne (Dowling) and expert in the matter, was successful in rising to the challenge.

Here is one of his recipes: start with a bucket, add noodles, then a few hoops and, finally, rubber chickens.

Indeed, with the implementation of recent changes in our classrooms, he has been able to draw on his bank of ideas to develop dynamic and motivating physical education lessons for all the students of the school while respecting the physical distancing measures.

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