Teams reveal positive rivalry

By Victoria McBride - Smoke Signals Staff Writer

PIQUA — Friday, Oct. 26, will be the historic Piqua vs. Troy football game. Troy and Piqua have always been big rivals in all sports, but the pride of both Piqua and Troy really shows during the Piqua vs. Troy football game.

Troy won last year’s game 32-6. Over the years Piqua has won 63 games against Troy. Troy has won 64 games against Piqua, and six times Piqua and Troy have tied. Coach Bill Nees says he hopes to “continue to improve and represent the school in a positive way.” Nees has been coaching for 26 years and is the senior most coach in all of GWOC.

Nees says they have been preparing year round for the Piqua-Troy game by “working in the weight room, doing film study, and doing on the field drills.” A new coach this year is Travis Nees as defensive backs coach. Travis has played football for Piqua and the University of Dayton. “Transitioning from a player to a coach will absolutely cause me to take a stroll down memory lane this Friday,” Travis Nees said.

“This rivalry is like no other in the sense that this is a total town effort on both sides. People come from out of town just to see this game because of all the notoriety each team gets for simply being Piqua and Troy. This game can truly make or break a season in so many different ways from bragging rights, playoff implications, and everything in between,” the new defensive back coach said.

By Victoria McBride

Smoke Signals Staff Writer