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Oklahoma high school football: Piedmont dominates El Reno in 31-7 victory

PIEDMONT — Joey Mars dropped back to pass and launched a jump ball. 

As Piedmont wide receiver Caden Hendren approached the end zone along the sideline, an El Reno defender blanketed the senior and made a touchdown reception look unlikely. 

Despite the tight coverage, Hendren snagged the ball from above the defender’s head and got both feet inbounds. 

The 20-yard score with less than six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter gave Piedmont a 16-point lead and essentially ended El Reno’s chances for a comeback. 

Piedmont opened its season with a 31-7 home victory Friday night. 

The Class 5A No. 4-ranked Wildcats run the triple-option flexbone offense and rely mostly on their running game but make their passes count. 

Hendren caught the team’s two completed passes and scored both times. Along with his highlight-reel snag in the fourth quarter, he had a 78-yard reception from Bo Phelps in the second quarter. 

“Caden is the best football player I’ve ever coached,” Piedmont coach Jeff Hall said. “I just think that he’s special. He bailed our offense out a couple of times by being able to get a jump ball. He’s a good tool for a flexbone team to have.” 

Third-ranked El Reno was playing without star quarterback Dorian Plumley, who was on the sideline with a boot on his left foot. Plumley, a senior, left last week’s win against Cache with a foot injury before returning later in the game. 

Evan Roman Nose filled in for Plumley and finished 9-of-13 passing for 52 yards and an interception. 

El Reno’s lone score came when Darius Moore returned a fumble 51 yards. 

“I felt like our defense was solid,” Hall said. “Right now, I feel like our offense is kind of in the position where we just need to make sure we don’t put our defense in a bad spot.” 

Piedmont controlled the clock and had 50 rushing attempts for 181 yards. 

Wesley Morrison was the Wildcats’ main threat. The junior finished with 24 carries for 96 yards. 

Mars was Piedmont’s starting quarterback, but Phelps also took some snaps.

Hall plans to continue using both of his senior quarterbacks.  

“Neither one of them have had a lot of game experience (at quarterback),” Hall said. “I think we’re in the situation where we’re evaluating and seeing what both of them can offer us.” 

Piedmont, which edged El Reno in the first round of the playoffs last year, will play at Class 6A-II No. 8 Putnam North (1-0) on Friday. El Reno will travel to Class 4A No. 2 Weatherford (1-0). 

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FINAL SCORE

Piedmont 31, El Reno 7 

SCORE BY QUARTERS

El Reno – 0 – 0 – 7 – 0 — 7

Piedmont – 7 – 7 – 0 – 17 — 31

GAME SUMMARY

Piedmont – Brock DeTar 3 run (Talon Cope kick)

Piedmont – Caden Hendren 78 pass from Bo Phelps (Cope kick)

El Reno – Darius Moore 51 fumble return (Edgar Garcia kick) 

Piedmont – Preston Fansher 28 field goal 

Piedmont – Hendren 20 pass from Joey Mars (Cope kick) 

Piedmont – Mars 1 run (Cope kick) 

TEAM STATISTICS

El Reno – Piedmont

5 – First Downs – 14

25-75 – Rushing att.-yds. – 50-181

52 – Passing Yards – 98

9-13-1 – Passing C-A-I – 2-5-0

3-3 – Fumbles no.-lost – 3-1

10-73 – Penalty no.-yds. – 6-62

1-1 – Team Records – 1-0


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Piedmont's Caden Hendren returns a punt during Friday's game against El Reno in Piedmont. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

Piedmont's Caden Hendren returns a punt during Friday's game against El Reno in Piedmont. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

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Nick Sardis

Nick Sardis joined The Oklahoman in 2017, and he covers high school sports. Born and raised in Norman, he played baseball at Norman North High School and is a student at the University of Oklahoma. Read more ›

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