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Week 1 of the high school football season is in the books.

The Oklahoman's high school sports reporters covered games throughout the metro area. Here are some highlights and things we learned.

Piedmont defense shuts down El Reno 

Piedmont’s defense didn’t allow a score in its 31-7 home win against El Reno on Friday. El Reno’s lone touchdown came on a fumble return. If Piedmont is playing defense at a high level and its flexbone offense can methodically move the ball, the Wildcats will be tough to beat. 

Morrison leads Piedmont’s rushing attack

Piedmont’s Wesley Morrison had a heavy workload against El Reno, finishing with 24 carries for 96 yards. With the graduation of star running back Devontae Pickard, Morrison has a solid chance for a breakout season.

Brown bound to be a star

Gabe Brown read the quarterback's eyes the entire time and jumped in front of the soft pass to come up with the interception. Stillwater's junior linebacker has been talked about as the next strong playmaker for the Pioneers' defense, but he proved it Friday against Edmond Santa Fe. Brown was a presence in stopping the run, and his interception proved his ability to jam passing lanes, too. 

Other Shettron makes a big play

While Edmond Santa Fe junior wide receiver Talyn Shettron gets a lot of hype - and deservedly so - it was his twin brother Tabry joining him in the end zone on Friday. Talyn had a 55-yard touchdown reception to open the scoring for the Wolves, but Tabry caught himself a 16-yard touchdown with less than a minute left in the second quarter to help Santa Fe close the gap heading to halftime.

Irvin continues to impress

DeAngelo Irvin Jr. made big plays in Midwest City's loss to crosstown rival Carl Albert. The sophomore quarterback was poised in the pocket, finishing 11-of-22 passing for 206 yards. He threw a 45-yard touchdown to Xavier Lee-Jackson and also ran for a score. 

Harris looks good in his return

Although his services weren't needed much because Carl Albert leaned on its running game, senior quarterback Ben Harris looked like a seasoned veteran in his final high school season opener. He completed 12 of 22 passes for 138 yards and one touchdown. He also had a few good runs. With him behind center, Carl Albert looks ready to "drive for five" straight state championships. 

Midwest City showcases explosive offense 

Midwest City put together spectacular plays that showed flashes of its offensive versatility. The most notable was a trick play in which Irvin tossed the ball to Brian Wilson Jr., who threw it down the field for a 30-yard completion.  

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Piedmont's Caden Hendren makes a catch in front of El Reno's Mitchell Cole during the high school football game between Piedmont and El Reno at Piedmont High School in Piedmont, Okla., Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. The play was ruled out of bounds. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Piedmont's Caden Hendren makes a catch in front of El Reno's Mitchell Cole during the high school football game between Piedmont and El Reno at Piedmont High School in Piedmont, Okla., Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. The play was ruled out of bounds. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

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Cameron Jourdan

Cameron Jourdan joined The Oklahoman in March 2019 to cover high school sports. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in May 2018. He had an internship with The Oklahoman and Stillwater News Press. During his time at OSU, Cameron served in a... Read more ›

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 ›

James Jackson

James D. Jackson joined The Oklahoman in January 2020 to cover high school sports. He a University of Central Oklahoma graduate. During his time at UCO, James served as a sports reporter and Editor-in-Chief of the student newspaper, The Vista.... Read more ›

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