By Rob Kiser
With the start of football practices a little more than a month away, the Piqua High School football staff is busy as ever getting ready for the upcoming season.
“Actually this might be the busiest time of the year for us,” Piqua football coach Bill Nees said. “Right now, we start out with the varsity kids and the freshman kids overlap and the then we have the sixth, seventh and eighth graders coming in for a camp. So, we start at 7:30 a.m. and don’t finish with the kids until 12:30 p.m.”
Piqua is in the process of transitioning from off the field work to on the field work.
“For the last month, the focus has been on the weight room and conditioning,” Nees said. “Now, we are starting to focus more on the football part of it. We have a couple positions where there are going to be some good battles.”
Piqua has big numbers already.
“We have 40 freshman and 70 varsity kids,” Nees said. “With the junior high kids and having more than 65 at speed camp, we are working with over 200 kids.”
In July, Piqua will attend to passing camps.
The first will be at Beavercreek on July 13, with games at 5, 6 and 7 p.m.
On July 17, the Indians will go to Northmont, with games at 9, 10 and 11 a.m.
And the good news for Piqua is senior Austin Davis — who along with junior Mick Karn will handle the quarterback duties — was recently cleared to start practicing again.
“I think the next two weeks will be good for Austin (Davis) to get his arm back in condition,” Nees said. “And we also have Mick (Karn) at quarterback. I think it will be good for both of them to see live action.”
Looking ahead to the upcoming season, Senior Night will be a little more special this year.
Piqua will be hosting Vandalia-Butler on Oct. 12 in the second year of Fox 45’s Thursday Night Lights games.
A year ago, Piqua traveled to Sidney for a Thursday night game.
“We were honored to be part of Thursday Night Lights last year in its first year,” Piqua athletic director Chip Hare said. “Certainly, with it being a home game, that is different than a road game. It is Senior Night, so we are going to make sure the seniors get highlighted. We are going to do everything in our power to make it a special night.”
“It is going to be a great atmosphere,” Nees said. “It is Senior Night and it is going to be a big night.”
Piqua Football will offer it’s annual Youth Football Camp on July 17-19 from 6-7:30 p.m.
Camp cost before July 17 is $50. Walk-up registration is $55.
Brochures are available at the Piqua High School, Piqua Junior High, Piqua Pool, Miami County YMCA and Tecumseh Woods.
The camp will be held at Alexander Stadium, campers will need to wear cleats if possible.
If inclement weather shall occur – they will move camp into Garbry Gymnasium and campers will need tennis shoes.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.