By Rob Kiser
The battle for the ‘Battered Helmet” will take on added meaning next year.
When the Piqua and Sidney football teams get together for the GWOC North opener on the turf at Sidney Memorial Stadium/30&0 Field, the game will be alsobe viewed live on television as part of Fox 45’s debut season of Thursday Night Football.
“It is something they (Fox 45) were looking to start doing,” Piqua athletic director Chip Hare said. “I think they wanted to do something like Time Warner does with Thursday night football. They are looking to show the best matchup in the Miami Valley each week.”
And on Sept. 29, that matchup is Piqua-Sidney, which is also Sidney’s homecoming game.
“It was an honor to be asked to be part of the series,” Nees said. “I think they are looking at the talent both teams have coming back next year. When we were asked, I talked about it with the Sidney athletic director (Mitch Hoying) and coach (Bill) Nees. We all felt like it was a positive and every way.”
Piqua football coach Bill Nees agreed.
“I think the biggest thing is just not all the people that will see it on television, but there are going to be a lot of people at the game that wouldn’t normally be there,” Nees said. “A lot of people who would be at their own game on Friday night, will be able to come to this game on Thursday night and see it.
“It is an honor to be asked to be part of this series.”
And both teams will be looking to get off to a good start in the GWOC North.
“Every GWOC North game is a big game,” Nees said.
The spotlight of live TV will just make it that much bigger.