By Rob Kiser
The Piqua football team will travel to Harmon Field Friday night to play Greenville in a matchup of 3-3 teams.
The Wave is coming off a 27-15 win over Troy in its GWOC North opener, while Piqua lost 28-21 to Vandalia-Butler last week.
Four-year starter Clay Guillozet (6-4, 190) is back at quarterback for the Wave.
He has completed 50 of 112 passes for 660 yards and eight TDs with just three interceptions and is the fourth-leading rusher in the GWOC with 68 carries for 690 yards.
Senior running back Codi Byrd (5-9, 205) has rushed for 390 yards on 126 carries.
Junior Bradley Mead (5-7, 150) leads the receivers with 15 receptions for 225 yards, while senior Aaron Rich (6-5, 205) has 10 receptions for 108 yards.
Junior running back Justin Brown (6-0, 190) has eight receptions for 124 yards.
The Wave have two of the top four tacklers in the GWOC on defense.
Senior linebacker William Nibert Jr. (6-1, 190) leads the GWOC with 71 tackles, while junior linebacker Erick Madison (6-1, 170) has 58 tackles, fourth in the GWOC. Both lead the Wave with two sacks as well.
Junior linebacker Logan Eldridge (5-10, 190) has 56 tackles, two interceptions and has scored on a punt return and an interception return.
Piqua will try to get its offense untracked after picking up just two first downs in the second half last week.
Junior Darien Tipps-Clemons (6-1, 213) leads the Piqua offense, having rushed for 846 yards on 115 carries and scored 13 touchdowns. He is currently the third leading rusher in the GWOC.
He rushed for 158 yards last week and led the defense with 11 tackles. That included an 80-yard touchdown run.
Senior quarterback Rupert Delacruz (5-10, 176) has completed 47 of 88 passes for 832 yards, with three TDs and two interceptions.
Senior Noah Lyman (6-4, 188) leads the receivers with 17 receptions for 446 yards, while junior slot Hunter Hawk (5-9, 165) has seven catches for 108 yards. Junior tight end Nathan Monnin (6-5, 249) has seven receptions for 65 yards, while senior slot Andrew Lee (6-0, 179) has three receptions for 87 yards.
The Indians defense is coming off a pretty solid effort.
After Vandalia-Butler scored 21 points in the opening quarter last Friday, Piqua shut them down the rest of the game.
The only points after halftime came on a 1-yard drive after the kickoff return to start the second half. Piqua picked off three passes in the game.
Senior linebacker Jarrett Toopes (6-1, 211) leads the defense with 37 tackles, while sophomore linebacker Ben Schmiesing (6-0, 199) has 35.
Sophomore defensive lineman Derek Hite (6-2, 248) is tied for fourth in the GWOC with 4.5 sacks, while Monnin has 2.5
Junior defensive back Dylan Cole (5-11, 190) is tied for third in the GWOC with three interceptions, while Schmiesing has two.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.
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