THE HISTORY OF PIQUA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS – A JOURNAL
“A hard hitting Central high school team that was as strong offensively as it was weak on defense surged to a 38-20 win over Dayton Roosevelt Friday in the season’s opener for both schools in Dayton’s new westside stadium. The Indians, paced by fullback Bill Ashton who rambled to four touchdowns, two on runs of 84 and 50 yards, scored in every period of the slam-bang contest to beat Roosevelt at their own game. Piqua’s best defense was its offense as the Indians scored, were scored upon and then went on to score some more. Scoring the first time they laid hands on the ball, Central high school’s explosive Indians marched to a 33-7 win over a bulky Wapakoneta eleven Friday in the first game of the season at the east end stadium. The Indians, led by Kenny Thorpe who reeled off touchdown runs of 65 and 22 yards in the first half, were speed and deception itself as they piled up a 26-0 third quarter lead and coasted through to the final gun.”
“Central High school’s Redskins opened Miami Valley League action Friday with a hard-won 33-19 victory over an Xenia eleven which matched the Indians touchdown-for-touchdown for two periods. The Indians, behind 13-6 at the end of the first quarter, came back to break a 19-19 halftime tie with single touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters.”
“Defeat, no matter how bitter, is usually earned and Central high school’s Redskins earned themselves a 20-13 lacing at the hands of a wide-awake Sidney eleven before a sellout crowd at Roosevelt Stadium here Friday. Two mistakes cost the Redskins the ball game and their first defeat of the season. One, a rule infraction, cost Piqua a third touchdown and the other, a blocked punt recovered by Sidney, finished the Piqua collapse. Sidney, a defensive juggernaut all evening, won out in the last four minutes of play as Omer Bolden, a defensive tackle fell on a blocked punt in the end zone for the touchdown that broke a 13-13 tie.”
“Scoring at least once in every period of play, Central High school’s Redskins outclassed a decidedly weaker Troy team 39-12 Friday night before a crowd of 9,000 in Troy’s Memorial Stadium. Kenny Thorpe, who before Friday’s contest saw only limited offensive action, racked up three of Piqua’s six touchdowns as the Redskins won the 54th meeting of the traditional rivals since 1909. Bill Ashton, ‘Mr. Inside’ of the Tribe’s one-two threat of Thorpe and Ashton, scored two Piqua touchdowns, and end Dick Blayney tallied a sixth on a pass from Quarterback Tony Tafel. The contest, true to Piqua-Troy form, was a hard-fought affair despite the fact that the Trojans were fighting an uphill battle most of the distance.”
“Miamisburg’s unbeaten Vikings added number six to their consecutive string of victories here Friday night as the Big Scourage from the South buried Piqua’s Indians under an avalanche of passes and a 26-7 score. The Vikings, easily the best team Piqua fans have seen for several seasons, turned the three-hour ball game into an aerial circus, completing 12 of 26 passes, two for touchdowns. Lighting difficulties on the east side of Roosevelt Stadium delayed the Dad’s Night contest for nearly 45 minutes before the kickoff and twenty additional minutes before the start of the second quarter. But it wasn’t the power failure that caused Piqua to fizzle. The Tribe simply couldn’t cut it against a powerful Viking team that was perfection itself.”
“Fairmont High school’s unbeaten Dragons handed a demoralized Piqua team its worst defeat in seven seasons Friday night as the defending Miami Valley League champions surged to a 47-14 victory before an amazed crowd at Fairmont Stadium. The defeat, fourth worst in Coach G. P. Wertz’ 26 years at Piqua, was the second in a row for the down-trodden Indians who could do nothing right all evening. A 76-yard punt return and an 80-yard pass play, both executed by halfback Kenny Thorpe, saved the Tribe from a whitewashing as Fairmont, always the opportunist, capitalized upon endless Piqua mistakes to score seven touchdowns.”
“Scoring at least once in every period, an injury riddled Central High school team romped to a 32-6 win over hapless Oakwood in the final home game of the season Thursday night. The Indians, who won their third Miami Valley League game despite the presence of reserves in the lineup most of the way, snapped a two game losing streak in the colorless contest. A crowd of about 4,000 fans, comprised largely of home town fans, witnessed the Piqua victory.”
“Central High school’s Redskins closed out the 1950 football season Friday night with a 46-7 rout of Greenville before a small crowd of topcoated fans at windswept Harmon Field. A 27 point second quarter carried the Tribe to its fourth Miami Valley League win of the season as the Indians blew up a storm rivaled only by the chilling wind and snow which harassed spectators. The Red and Blue gained 316 net yards through the Greenville line, scored seven touchdowns and converted four times. They also won their sixth game of the season – against three defeats.”
On December 29, 1950 the following article was published in the Call.
“ G.P. (Buck) Wertz, head football coach since 1925, resigned today to devote full time to the athletic directorship of the Piqua school. The resignation of Wertz, dean of Miami Valley League coaches, was announced today by Supt. of Schools C.M. Sims. Wertz’s letter of resignation was approved by the Board of Education Thursday. Wertz, who celebrated his silver anniversary here a year ago, has been a football coach 18 years, including 26 seasons as head coach here. He will continue as Athletic Director, track coach and teacher of science, Supt. Sims added today.
“In 26 years at Piqua, Wertz’ teams have won 165 games, lost 63 and have played 21 tie games. Piqua grid teams, under Wertz, have won or shared the Miami Valley League title ten times, more than any other school in the league. A successor to Wertz as football coach will be named by school officials before September, Sims said today. Selection will be made only after all candidates have been carefully screened by the Board of Education. We have no one in mind for the job, Sims added today.”
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