By Rob Kiser
The Piqua football team got off to a rough start in a three-quarter scrimmage against Xenia Friday night and still trailed 23-21 midway through the third quarter at press time.
After a three-and-out by Piqua, Xenia drove down the field, but Piqua forced a field goal attempt from 38 yards, which went wide.
After another Piqua, three-and-out, the snap on a punt was fumbled in the end zone and Xenia recorded a safety to go up 2-0.
After the free kick, Xenia went 62 yards for a score and converted a two-point PAT to go in front 10-0.
After another three-and-out by Piqua, Xenia drove near midfield before punting to the Piqua one.
That’s when the Indians offense showed its explosiveness.
After a seven-yard run to the eight by Allen Schrubb, Darien Tipps-Clemons broke loose on a 60-yard run to the Xenia 32.
On the next play, Rupert Delacruz found a wide-open Hayden Schrubb for a touchdown and Joe Lyman’s kick made it 10-7.
It didn’t take long for Xenia to answer.
The Bucs took the ensuing kickoff 82 yards to go in front 17-7.
Once again, Piqua was able to answer.
After an eight-yard pass to Hayden Schrubb on third-and-six to get a first down, Elijah Hudson broke loose on a 47-yard run to the Bucs eight-yard line. Three plays later, Allen Schrubb found the end zone from three-yards out and Lyman’s kick made it 17-14.
Then, on a third-and-14 from the Piqua 17 just before half, a Xenia receiver came wide-open across the middle and scored.
Piqua blocked the PAT, making it 23-14 at half.
In the opening half, Xeni had 78 yards rushing on 15 carries and completed 13 of 19 passes for 115 yards.
Tipps-Clemons led Piqua with 64 yards on seven carries, while Hudson had 57 on three carries.
The Indians had 127 yards rushing in the first half, while Delacruz completed three of seven passes for 37 yards.
Hayden Schrubb caught two passes for 40 yards.
A 33-yard run by Delacruz helped set up a short TD run by Allen Schrubb and Lyman’s kick made it 23-21 early in the third quarter.
Piqua will be at home again Friday, hosting Springboro at 7 p.m. in its final scrimmage.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.