By Rob Kiser
LIMA — The first preseason game of the year went about as well as could be expected for the Piqua football team Friday night.
The offensive clocked on all cylinders and the defense was solid for the most part as Piqua outscored Lima Senior 4-2 at Lima Stadium.
“The offense was outstanding,” Piqua football coach Bill Nees said. “The passing game was crisp. The line did a good job and we were able to run the ball.”
On Piqua’s first 10-play series, the Indians picked up 21 yards on the first two plays with an 11-yard pass from Austin Davis to Hayden Schrubb, followed by a 10-yard strike along the right sideline to Cale Meckstroth.
Two plays later, Meckstroth hauled in a 26-yard pass and Piqua would eventually score on the ninth play of the drive — a short pass in the flat to Ben Schmiesing that he turned into a 13-yard TD, eluding one defender to find the pylon.
On the second 10-play series from the 30, Schrubb hauled in a 43-yard pass on the fifth play down to the two-yard line and two Schmiesing runs led to a touchdown.
On the very next play, Devon Brown took a pitch and went 70 yards for a touchdown.
At the same time, Lima was unable to get to the end zone on either of its 10-play drives.
They were a combined 3-for-11 passing in those two series for 18 yards and had eight runs for 50 yards.
“The defense came out and kept them out of the end zone twice,” Nees said. “That was good to see.”
In the down-and-distance series, Lima was able to score on both possessions.
On the first one, Piqua had Lima in a fourth-and-six at its own 34, before giving up an 8-yard pass for a first down.
Several plays later, Lima connected on a 43-yard TD pass and the Spartans would score on an 18-yard run on the second down-and-distance possession.
Both two-point conversions failed. The first on an incomplete pass and the second on a sack by Schmiesing.
“That was a good offense for us to go against,” Nees said. “They run a spread and do a lot of different things. They were able to find a way to score a couple touchdowns on us.”
On Piqua’s first down-and-distance series, the Indians had a 35-yard TD run called back by holding and stalled.
On the Indians final series, a 29-yard TD run was wiped out by another holding penalty.
But, a 10-yard pass to Schmiesing picked up the first down and Davis would finish the night with a 19-yard TD pass to Schrubb.
“They never really stopped our offense all night,” Nees said. “We had some penalties, but those were aggressive mistakes.”
Davis completed 13 of 19 passes on the night for 177 yards.
Schrubb had five receptions for 101 yards, while Meckstroth had three for 45.
Along with Brown’s TD run, Schmiesing pounded his way to 42 yards on seven carries.
And Rob Comstock made all four PATs.
“I was nice to see us make all our conversions,” Nees said.
Just another on the list of good things heading to next Friday’s 7 p.m. scrimmage with Springboro.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.
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