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.