High school football: 5 takeaways from McGuinness' win against Piedmont
PIEDMONT – Class 5A No. 1 McGuinness was able to use a big first quarter to capture a 29-7 victory against No. 2 Piedmont on Friday at F&M Bank Stadium.
Here are five takeaways from the game:
1. Zach Schmit can do more than kick
McGuinness kicker Zach Schmit is one of the top kickers in the country.
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Against Piedmont, he did a little more. after the McGuinness' second touchdown, it faked the point after attempt, instead pitching the ball to Schmit, who ran right and into the end zone for the conversion.
After Piedmont's late touchdown, it attempted an onside kick. None other than Schmit was there to secure the ball in the rainy, windy conditions.
And he also drilled five touchbacks on kickoffs and made his three extra-point attempts.
2. Tarman's flexibility could be key for McGuinness
Junior quarterback Luke Tarman can do myriad things for McGuinness' offense.
He completed five passes, rushed 25 times and had a 7-yard reception against Piedmont. When running back Dominic Richardson, a TCU commit, went out with a left knee injury, Tarman showed his versatility. It seemed as if he was a running back from his quarterback spot.
In the second half, he became the feature back with Evan Ille sliding in behind center. He motioned well, blocked a couple times and ran crisp routes. His ability to play multiple positions plays well into McGuinness' hands as the playoffs near.
3. Piedmont's early onside nearly pays off
Piedmont tried to start fast.
McGuinness won the toss and elected to receive the opening kick, but the Wildcats wanted the ball. They kicked a short squib kick that bounced off a Fighting Irish returner and bounced back toward the kickoff team running toward it.
A pile quickly formed, but the ball continued rolling toward Piedmont's sideline and back toward midfield. After what seemed like a minute, McGuinness was able to pounce on it and begin from its 43.
Had Piedmont recovered, it could have changed the outcome. Instead, McGuinness scored on its first three drives.
4. Dylan Hampton's touchdown lone bright spot for Piedmont offense
After evading an arm tackle, Dylan Hampton turned on the afterburners.
Piedmont's quarterback provided the only highlight play his offense on a 73-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter. After keeping the ball on the option, he turned left and quickly upfield, breaking a tackle then outrunning the defensive backs for a score.
Hampton finished with 108 yards rushing on seven carries, and running back Devontae Pickard had 29 carries for 100 yards.
5. Looking ahead
The road for McGuinness is simple: Win out, and the district title is theirs. The Fighting Irish (7-1, 5-0 District 5A-2) close their home slate in Week 9 against Guthrie (3-5, 2-3) before traveling to Midwest City for a tilt with three-time defending champion Carl Albert (7-1, 4-1) in Week 10.
Piedmont (6-2, 4-1) likely needs to win out and a McGuinness win against Carl Albert to host a first-round playoff game. The Wildcats face Northwest Classen (2-6, 0-5) in Week 9 before traveling to face Woodward (4-4, 3-2) in Week 10.