Piqua football wins 1941 MVL co-title

Win over Troy gives Indians three-way share

Duane Bachman


FALL 1941

“The 1941 Central High Indian gridders made their debut here last night before a crowd of approximately 3,000 fans, and while the Red and Blue wound up on the short end of a 20-12 score, the showing in general was not entirely displeasing as the Dayton Kiser Panthers tallied two touchdowns in the first period through superior speed and weight to clinch the contest. And while Kiser held the upper hand at critical moments of the contest, the Indians refused to give up and consistently forced the issue, losing a touchdown in the final minute of play as the gun cracked with the Tribe on the Dayton half-yard line. The Central High Indians bounced into the victory column for the first time this season when they trounced the Vandalia Butler eleven 39-6 at Roosevelt Park last night, rolling up a 21-0 margin in the first quarter to quickly settle the issue. The Indians, in presenting Coach George P. Wertz with his 103rd grid victory since he took over the reins at Central High, spasmodically looked good and bad, with the invading blue-clad Butler outfit being swept off its feet by the Redskins’ blitzkrieg in the opening period.”

“Before the smallest crowd to see a Piqua High football game in more years than even some of the old-timers can remember, the Central High Indians defeated the Dayton Oakwood High eleven here Saturday afternoon 6-0. Piqua’s big break came with eight minutes to play in the final period. McMaken punted into Oakwood territory, and Epstein, a substitute halfback, attempted to catch and run with the slippery ball. He ran several steps, was jolted by a trio of Indian tacklers and the pigskin squirted out of his possession, to be recovered by Deubner, Indian’s right end. McMaken hit right tackle for one and Sword slashed through to the Oakwood 13, coming back to bang the ball to the 10 and a first down. Stone lost five on a left sweep but Oakwood was penalized 15 yards for roughing, taking the ball to the Oakwood one yard stripe. Sword blasted through right guard to score. From that point on, the Indians held the upper hand and Oakwood’s offensive efforts were futile. The Central High Indians successfully passed their first 1941 Miami Valley League gridiron test here last night by trouncing the Green Wave eleven of Greenville High 28-6 before a crowd of more than 3,500 fans. The Redskins hopped away to a 7-0 edge late in the first quarter, then added fourteen points in the second quarter to hold a 21-0 margin with the visitors only score coming in the final 30 seconds of the first half.”

“Central High’s Redskins registered their second consecutive Miami Valley League contest and their fourth win in five starts, subduing the Yellow jackets of Sidney 19-6, but only after a terrific struggle last night at Sidney. The Yellow Jackets, definitely keyed up for the contest , battled to the final gun, refusing to concede the Tribe anything and at times, outplaying the locals, who perhaps on the cocky side at the start of the game, were forced to fight bitterly to maintain the upper hand. The Indians tallied one touchdown in each of the first two periods and the game-clincher in the fourth period after the upstaters had assumed a 6-0 margin early in the fracas.”

“A speedy, fast-stepping Viking crew of gridders from Miamisburg outplayed and outscored the Piqua Central High Indians 26-14 in a Miami Valley League game before a crowd of approximately 3,500 fans here last night BUT the invaders DID NOT out-game the scrappy Tribe who fought to the final gun. There was no questioning the superiority of the Blue and White lads coached by Ray Otto, peppy little Miamisburg mentor, who outfoxed and overpowered the Redskins to pile up a 20-0 margin only to have the Tribe come storming back in the final quarter to register 14 points. And it was that thrilling fourth period that sent the fans home while somewhat saddened by the Tribal loss, nevertheless pleased with the Red and Blue comeback that caused plenty of worry on the Miamisburg bench.”

Last night at Cox Athletic Field, Xenia, the Piqua Indians toppled the clear sailing Buccaneers from their top rung in the Miami Valley League by a score of 20-14, thereby giving Coach G.P. Wertz a much appreciated birthday present. Not a few of the Piqua fans who ventured to the lair of the Bucs figured the local lads to wind up on the short end but the red-clad warriors put together one of their best efforts of the season to notch up their third M.V.L. win as against one setback.”

“Winding up the current home season, the Central High Indians won a ball game that was replete with thrills to match the chills of the season’s first frigid wave, topping the scrapping, fighting Fairmont Dragons of Dayton 24-12 before a crowd of approximately 1,800 fans here last night. And the highlight of the contest and while not the game clinching scoring feat, easily the best in many a day was Jimmy McMaken’s 100 yard runback of an intercepted Fairmont pass with only three minutes to go in the third period. Piqua, by registering this fourth victory in Miami Valley League competition, remained tied for the league lead with Xenia and Miamisburg, respective victors over Greenville and Sidney by 12-0 and 33-0 counts. The game was delayed 30 minutes when bus company officials at Dayton thinking the game was Saturday night, failed to send a bus for the Fairmont team and only a hasty trip enabled the Dragons to arrive in time to play at 8:30, all of which made life miserable for fans who sat in the icy breezes, waiting for the contest to start. Lima South’s Tigers last night dealt the P.H.S. Redskins a good clawing, sending them down to their third defeat in nine games by a 7-0 count. It took a semi-fluke to put the upstaters in the lead, but once ahead they fought tooth and nail every inch of the way, successfully defending their lone touchdown margin.”

“A fighting Central High Indian football team that only battled all the harder after trailing 0-7 at the end of the first quarter, rallied to whip the Troy High eleven at Troy Thursday afternoon 13-7 before a crowd of 4,000 fans, the victory being the Tribe’s fifth MVL win of the year and bring Piqua a share in the 1941 Miami Valley League championship with Xenia and Miamisburg. The Turkey Day triumph was a deserved one and though the stalwart Trojans battled bitterly and in a commendable fashion, only almost a superhuman goal line stand staved off additional Redskin scores. Slated to be a football game typical of Piqua-Troy Thanksgiving classics, the contest was exactly that in every sense of the word. Neither club asked nor gave any quarter. Each fought despite the odds, the conditions or the score. It was a struggle of Young Americans for supremacy, and when the final gun cracked, players of both teams, exchanged compliments and best wishes. What a fitting conclusion to a swell ball game.”

Duane Bachman
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Win over Troy gives Indians three-way share