By Rob Kiser
For the most part, Piqua’s opening scrimmage was a success in a 4-0 win over Tecumseh after several series of 10 play drives, combined with several down-and-distance series.
As expected, the Indians running game was dominant, with Darien Tipps-Clemons and Elijah Hudson both running for two touchdowns.
“We did a good job running the ball,” Piqua football coach Bill Nees said.
Nees was pleasantly surprised by the passing game, led by senior quarterback Rupert Delacruz.
“I thought our passing game was very good,” Nees said. “It was probably as consistent as it has been at this point in the season.”
The Piqua defense was also dominant, as the Arrows never came close to finding the goal line. Andrew Lee had a pick six for the Indians, even though the return was nullified.
“Tecumseh had the ball for 40 plays and there was only one play where they gained 10 yards,” Nees said. “For 39 plays, we held them in check.”
The one negative came early in the scrimmage, when Piqua senior defensive lineman Jack Schmiesing suffered what appeared to be a serious leg injury.
“That was a big negative,” Nees said. “Jack (Schmiesing) is a three-year starter for us. He is a senior leader and I can’t say enough about the leadership he has provided. He is still having his ankle evaluated and we will see how it works out.”
Nees said it was good to get on the field and hit someone other than teammates.
“I thought it was good for both teams,” Nees said. “Both teams were really going at it at the start of the scrimmage.”
And the Indians just look to build from here.
“We had a chance to evaluate films and see some things,” Nees said. “Now we have to get ready for an entirely different offense and defense. Xenia is coming here Friday and they are bringing a pretty talented team here.”
Friday’s scrimmage will start at 7 p.m. at Alexander Stadium/Purk Field.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.