Briarwood football coach John Osborne said his Buccaneers knew going into Friday's road game that they would have a tough job at Piedmont.
The hosts did not disappoint, handing Briarwood a 55-19 loss and dropping the Bucs to 2-1 for the season.
"They won their state championship last year, and they did not lose a lot of players to graduation," Osborne said.
But it was neither the loss nor the score that bothered Osborne on Monday. "It was the little things that we didn't do, that even if we had have lost, we still have to do them right," Osborne said. The Bucs watched film, worked out, and drilled Monday. Osborne stood shoulder-to-shoulder with his team, telling them as a group and individuals what they might have done better. He shouldered some responsibility, saying he should have explained one assignment better.
Still, he counted 25 errors in execution or judgment.
The Bucs missed some first downs, he said.
After an off week, the Bucs visit Nathanael Greene for a Sept. 23 region game.
Despite an intense practice, Osborne took a moment to commend some individual performances in Friday's game. Dalton Reese had 133 yards receiving. Quarterback Taylor Coxwell led the charge, including a 62-yard run. Michael Kent had 97 yards rushing. Russell Burdette had nine tackles and three assists.
Piedmont opened the scoring at 11:46 with a 33-yard run by Zach Benjamin, followed by a point-after by Seth Harvey. At 2:31, Peter Lawson scored on a 2-yard run, and Harvey's kick was good again. Briarwood got on the board at 2:13 when Coxwell connected with Reese for a 69-yard completion and score. Reese kicked the extra point.
Piedmont's Zach Benjamin ran 33 yards for a touchdown at 10:41 of the second quarter. Harvey's kick was good. Nick Dimsdale scored on a 4-yard run at 6:49, and Harvey connected again. Then Briarwood got on the board again when Coxwell hit Reese on a 64-yard pass play. The kick failed. Peter Lawson of Piedmont returned the kickoff 95 yards, but Harvey's point-after kick failed. That closed out scoring in the first half.
Benjamin got the only score of the third quarter, a 1-yard run for Piedmont. Harvey's kick was good.
Lawson scored on a 3-yard run at 8:52 of the fourth. Harvey split the uprights. Piedmont intercepted and ran 36 yards for a touchdown, and Harvey connected again. Briarwood's Coxwell closed out the scoring at 2:35 on a 62-yard run. The point-after attempt failed.