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It's safe to say that in the five year history of the Friday Night Network, there hasn't been a game we've done that was bigger than this one.

Both teams from the same region.  Both teams from the same county.  Both teams slugged it out in the regular season matchup with Piedmont prevailing at Ohatchee 45-35, but it took a late game 4th and short gutsy call from Steve Smith to go for it to seal the win.

Ever since their regular season meeting, most have believed these two teams would meet again in the playoffs.

Piedmont - poised, seasonsed - the definition of "been there, done that".

Ohatchee - turnaround, "Cinderella" story - a team that has risen to the occasion time and time again.

Piedmont - 13-0 - Other than the Ohatchee game, not really challenged.  They started the season expecting to be right where they are in this moment.

Ohatchee - 12-1 - While most didn't see this happening, the Indians as a team seem comfortable in where they are.  They're business-like, and no matter tthe score, they NEVER quit playing hard.

At one point in the regular season meeting, the Indians trailed by three touchdowns and could have easily rolled over for the defending 3A state champs...but they didn't.  Ohatchee used a seldem-seen air attack to claw their way back into the game.  They just couldn't stop Piedmont's clock-killing late game drive that resulted in the contest's final seven points.

Games like this seldom live up to the hype.  You can bet that Piedmont will take the Indians serious and look to come out early and take control of the game in front of the home crowd.  Ohatchee needs ball control on offense and a few key stops on defense if they hope to win and continue their dream season.

The Bulldogs are riding a 23 game winning streak.  They have talent all over the field, anchored by all-state performer QB Tayler Hayes, who's as clutch as they come.  Favorite targets are Austin Brazier and Cardavion Myers.  The Bulldogs are just as effective on the ground behind that experienced offensive line when Hayes and backfield mate Lee Stanley tuck it and run.

Piedmont's offense is dominating.  They've only scored less than 42 points twice in their last nine games.  The 29 scored in their 29-14 win over Leeds is the least they've put up all year.

The Bulldog defense is stingy, with the 35 points allowed in the game at Ohatchee the most they've allowed all season.

For Ohatchee to score the upset, they're going to have to find a way to keep the Bulldogs scoring machine on the sidelines as much as they can.  For the Indians, that's doable because long, clock-grinding offense is their bread and butter.  

Coach Martin has to figure it's going to take 30+ points to win.  That's five "must" trips to the end zone.  With the likes of Taylor Eubanks and Austin Tucker, its doable.  

It's Ohatchee's first trip to the semis since their state title run in 1977.  It's on the road at the county's best high school football facility.  It's against a team that expects to win and everybody thought would be here at this time in the season. Will the Indians be able to play through the moment they'll find themselves a part of Friday night?

When it's all said and done, Defense is going to decide this game.  Which team can figure out a way to get a key stop or two throughout the contest.  We believe both teams are going to score plenty.  Much like their regular season meeting, this game could come down to who has the ball last. 

​Make sure you join us this Friday starting at 6:30 PM when Grady and Brandon will get things started with the F&M Bank Countdown to Kickoff as Grub Mart presents the 3A North Semi-Final, Ohatchee at Piedmont with kickoff at 7 PM.


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3A Thriller At Bill Bryan Stadium!

The #9 Indians from Ohatchee visit the #10 Weaver Bearcats in a battle of unbeaten, Top 10 ranked teams from 3A, Region 5 on Friday, September 16th and FNN was there!

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