Indians win opening scrimmage

Last updated: August 12. 2014 10:10PM - 408 Views
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Tate Honeycutt, 3, hauls in a pass for the Indians.
Tate Honeycutt, 3, hauls in a pass for the Indians.
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It was what you might expect from a typical scrimmage with two teams with a strong football tradition.

There were both good and bad — and in the end, Piqua emerged with a 3-2 victory at Alexander Stadium/Purk Field.

“I will use all the cliches you use after a scrimmage,” Piqua football coach Bill Nees said. “We saw some things we need to work on and some things we did well. We will take a look at the films. Tecumseh is a good football team.”

Which they showed on the first play from scrimmage when the quarterback took an option play 80 yards for a score.

They would also hit on passes of 35 and 27 yards on the same 10-play series, adding a second TD on the 27-yarder.

But, Piqua settled down on defense after that.

They had consecutive sacks on Tecumseh’s first down-and-distance series and kept the Arrows out of the end zone after that.

“They (Tecumseh) have a new offense this year,” Nees said. “That was the first live action we have seen and that is a very good offense. I thought we adjusted to it after that.”

On offense, Piqua showed the explosiveness you would expect — with weapons at every skill position on offense.

In Piqua’s first 10-play series, a 60-yard pass from Rupert Delacruz to Tate Honeycutt was called back by penalty.

Delacruz would then have a 46-yard run, with 11 yards tacked on for a half-the-distance penalty on a horse collar tackle — with Darien Tipps-Clemons taking it into the end zone on the next play from the 11.

Neither team scored on the second 10-play series, but the Indians would score twice in the down-and-distance portion of the scrimmage.

The first score brought back flashes of last year.

On second-and-10 from the Piqua 20, Trent Yeomans brought back flashes of last year’s 2,000-yard season.

He found a crease on the left side and outran the Tecumseh defense for an 80-yard score.

On the final scoring drive, Delacruz started things with a 25-yard run and converted a third-and-15 on a 21-yard screen pass to Elijah Hudson.

Tipps-Clemons had a 23-yard run down to the 16 and on third-and-five from the 11, Yeomans found the end zone.

“The biggest thing we need from our guys on offense is to make plays,” Nees said.

Yeomans finished with 99 yards on eight carries, while Delacruz added 82 yards on six carries.

Tipps-Clemons had 65 yards on seven carries and had an interception on defense.

While Delacruz completed just three of 11 passes for 31 yards, the Indians were close on a number of those plays.

“That’s why we go to passing scrimmages and use all three scrimmages,” Nees said. “We want to go against live competition as much as possible.”

Piqua finished with 280 yards on 34 plays, while Tecumseh had 265 yards on 36 plays.

The Indians came away from the scrimmage with no serious injuries.

Piqua will host Xenia in a scrimmage Friday.

The freshman will scrimmage at 5 p.m., with the varsity at 7 p.m.

They will play three quarters, with a 10-minute halftime.

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