By Rob Kiser
After an hour-plus lightning delay, Piqua was ready for some football Thursday night at the Beavercreek 7-0n-7s.
Playing without Ben Schmiesing, the Indians put on a strong showing in games with Beavercreek, Stebbins and Oakwood.
“It is just good to get out there and see some different formations and looks,” Piqua football coach Bill Nees said.
Against Beavercreek, Mick Karn had an interception near the end zone to thwart the Beavers on their first possession.
Piqua outscored Beavercreek three TDs to one in two 10-play series.
Indians quarterback Austin Davis was 10-for-20 with three TDs and one interception for 133 yards, while Beavercreek was 9-for-20 with one interception for 91 yards.
Colin Roe caught three passes for 20 yards and two TDs, while Hayden Schrubb had three receptions for 51 yards and a touchdown and Owen Toopes caught two passes for 47 yards.
“We did a a lot of good things,” Nees said.
Piqua followed that with two 10-play series each against Stebbins, with Stebbins scoring four touchdowns and Piqua scoring two.
Stebbins was 10 for 18 passes for 160 yards.
“They threw a lot of deep crossing patterns and that is tough to defend (with no pass rush) when they have seven or eight seconds back there,” Nees said.
Davis was 11 for 20 with an interception for 204 yards.
Cale Meckstroth had three catches for 55 yards and a touchdown, while Schrubb caught four passes for 63 yards and a touchdown and Toopes had two catches for 30 yards.
“It is tough to play well in three straight games,” Nees said.
Karn added two 40-yard TD passes in the JV portion of that 7-and-7.
“Mick (Karn) is another guy who can throw the ball,” Nees said.
Both sides dominated against Oakwood as the Piqua defense had three interceptions in two series and the Davis threw for five touchdowns in his 20 plays.
Karn had his second interception and Devon Brown had two picks against the Lumberjacks.
“And Makeegan Kuhn had two interceptions,” Nees said. “Ben Schmiesing wasn’t here tonight, so it gave some other guys a chance to do some things.”
Schrubb and Davis put on show against Oakwood.
Schrubb caught 40-yard TD passes on consecutive plays and had 120 yards receiving on the first six plays of the opening series against Oakwood.
He finished with eight catches for 175 yards and five TDs against the Lumberjacks, while Davis completed 12 of 19 passes for 208 yards with five TDs and two interceptions.
Roe also had a 20-yard reception against Oakwood.
Schrubb finished the night with 15 receptions for 289 yards.
“Sometimes it is just a matchup thing,” Nees said of Schrubb’s performance against Oakwood. “That was pretty impressive.”
Piqua will be back at it Saturday at the Northmont 7-on7s, with the first game scheduled for 9 a.m.
And the Indians will look to build on what they showed Thursday night.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.