If you know anything about Piqua football, you know the Lyman “Legacy”.
When you are a male born into the family, it is something you grow up with.
“Ever since I was a little kid,” Piqua senior receiver/kicker Noah Lyman responds when asked when he first became aware of the legacy. “I always wanted to become part of it and make my own legacy one day.”
For his younger brother — freshman Cade — it goes back even farther.
“Probably the day I came home from the hospital (was the first time he heard about it),” Cade said with a laugh.
For those who need a quick refresher course, it started with Tom, a Piqua Athletic Hall of Fame member who played from 1962-64 for coach Faehl and Chuck Asher.
Tom’s sons Jeff, Chris and Joe were all standouts — with Chris playing on the first Piqua team to ever play in the playoffs in 1990 — and he is not afraid to ask his brothers if they were on that team, which is how it goes in the Lyman family.
Joe was not only a standout defensive lineman on two Piqua teams that went on to the state semifinals, he went on to play for Miami (Ohio) and played in Ohio Stadium against Ohio State.
So, Noah and Cade, the sons of Jeff, have quite a legacy to live up to — and are doing just that this fall — although every good story must have a plot twist.
At 6-4 and 188 pounds, Lyman is a big target and Piqua quarterback Rupert Delacruz is taking full advantage.
After opening the season with six catches for 208 yards, he caught a 50-yard TD pass in last Friday’s win over Urbana.
“I will take either one,” Lyman, who like his Uncle Joe, also serves as the placekicker, said about his preference. “This is exciting and whatever role I can play in helping us win, I am good with.”
Cade has gone a different direction — as a standout on the soccer pitch.
“All the time,” Cade said when asked how often his family gives him a hard time for not playing football. “I played in junior high and they saw me scoring all these touchdowns. But, I never played football as much and I have always loved soccer.”
The opening weekend of the season was quite an exciting one for the Lyman family as the legacy continued.
First, Noah had the big receiving game against St. John’s and had a big catch to keep what would turn out to be the game-winning drive going on third-and-long.
“I love watching him play,” Cade said. “I have always looked up to him and it is great to watch him play and see how good he is.”
One day later — as a freshman — Cade scored his first two goals on the soccer pitch and followed it with two more goal against West Carrollton in a 3-1 win.
“I love watching Cade play soccer,” Noah said. “It is amazing what he is doing. I sure wasn’t doing anything like that as a freshman.”
“I never expected anything like this,” Cade said. “I am really surprised by how well I am doing. I just want to keep it going.”
In the Lyman family, there is no choice.