By Rob Kiser
Two football teams looking to bounce back from a loss will meet Friday night at Northmont High School when Piqua goes on the road to take on the T-Bolts.
Northmont, under former Piqua assistant coach Tony Broering, is off to an 0-3 start, but the T-Bolts have gone up against three of best Division I teams in Region 2.
Hilliard Darby, Fairfield and Lakota East have a combined record of 8-1.
The T-Bolts were 0-3 a year ago before coming to Piqua and defeating the Indians 31-24.
Senior quarterback Chris Timmons (6-0, 189) has completed 16 of 31 passes for 168 yards, with one TD and one interception.
Senior running back Avery Millner (5-10, 186) rushed for 155 yards against Piqua last year and will be a good test for the Indians improved run defense.
Miller has rushed for 220 yards on 46 carries this season, with four touchdowns.
Sophomore Jabari Perkins (6-0, 179) leads the receivers with seven catches for 109 yards and one TD.
Junior linebacker Chuck Saul (5-11, 216) leads the defense with 23 tackles, while junior defensive lineman James Abrams (6-4, 243) has 21 tackles and a sack.
Piqua is coming off a heartbreaking 36-28 double overtime loss to Lima Senior last Friday, nearly handing the Spartans their first regular season loss in two years.
Senior quarterback Rupert Delacruz (5-10, 176) has completed 17 of 30 passes for 433 yards with two TDs and two interceptions.
Senior receiver Noah Lyman (6-4, 188) has caught nine passes for 317 yards and a TD, while senior slot receiver Andrew Lee (6-0, 179) has three receptions for 87 yards and junior tight end Nathan Monnin (6-5, 249) has a TD reception.
Junior Darien Tipps-Clemons (6-1, 213) leads the rushing attack with 445 yards on 52 carries and seven TDs.
Senior Elijah Hudson (6-1, 186) has rushed for 163 yards on 34 carries and scored four TDs, while junior Allen Schrubb (6-0, 223) has 62 yards rushing and two TDs.
The Piqua defense shined in the second half last week, shutting out the potent Lima Senior offense in the third and fourth quarters.
Senior linebacker Jarrett Toopes (6-1, 211) has 17 tackles to lead the Indians, while sophomore linebacker Ben Schmiesing (6-0, 199) has 15.
Sophomore defensive lineman Derek Hite (6-2, 248) and Monnin both have two sacks.
Junior defensive back Dylan Cole (5-11, 190) has two interceptions, while Ben Schmiesing and Lee both have one — all coming in last week’s loss.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.