Piqua ties Troy on Thanksgiving


FALL 1942

“A scrappy football team from Tipp City High walked off the turf at Roosevelt Park last night with a deserved 6-0 decision over the Central High Indians in the opener of the 1942 gridiron season which attracted a crowd that filled the concrete stadium on the west side of the field. The lads from the southeastern part of the county were figured to give the inexperienced Indians a good battle but Piqua fans for the most part, were inclined to feel that the Redskins would eventually wind up with the greater number of points. Instead, the Red Devils tallied the only touchdown of the contest and but for the unfortunate off-side penalties might have added one or perhaps two more markers. Scoring touchdowns in each of the four periods, the Central High Indians defeated the Butler Twp. Bulldogs of Vandalia 26-0 at Roosevelt Park in the second game of the current season, the victory being the first for the Red and Blue in 1942. The Central High band royally entertained between halves presenting ‘Buy Bonds 10%’ as well as a big ‘V’ to create the setting for an appealing bond issue sales talk by Lieut. John Sims, U.S. Navy, son of Principal and Mrs. C.M. Sims. An added treat was the bands presentation of ‘A Bicycle Built for Two.”

“Piqua Central’s youngest and most inexperienced football team since George P. Wertz assumed the job of coaching Indians gridders suffered the worst defeat during the period of more than 17 years that Wertz has been boss Friday night when the stellar Oakwood eleven trounced the locals 52-0 at the U.D. stadium in Dayton. Outplaying the Green Wave eleven all the way, the Central High Indians registered a 7-0 victory over Greenville High on the latter’s grid Friday night to open the Redskins Miami Valley league football season. The triumph gives Piqua two victories and two defeats thus far this year, though last night’s contest was the first Miami Valley League engagement of the year for the Red and Blue. The tribal quota of seven points came in the third period after the teams had battled though a scoreless first half.”

“Scoring first and then battling desperately to stave off but one threat, the Central High Indians tied the scrappy Yellow Jackets of Sidney 6-6, before a crowd of 3,200 fans last night at Roosevelt Park, the contest being the Tribe’s initial home contest of the season in the Miami Valley League. Rated as the underdog in pre-game dope, the Central High Indians, though pushed around considerably, forced the highly-touted Vikings of Miamisburg to go all out to win 13-0 last night at Miamisburg. The victory, the sixth in regular season competition and the third in Miami Valley League action, places the Vikings in a spot where the 1942 MVL grid championship is practically theirs.”

“Slated to wind up on the short end of the final score, the Central High Indians tossed a monkey wrench into the plans of the Xenia Buccaneers of advancing closer to second place honors in the Miami Valley League here last night when they battled the visitors to a surprising 7-7 tie. Pre-game odds figured the heavier Bucs to win by a margin of anywhere from two to three touchdowns but the Tribe, after yielding ground in the opening seven minutes, took matters in its own hands in the second period to level the count and wind up even-stephen with the Blackburn-coached gridders. The Central High Indians ran true to form by dropping a 13-0 decision to the Dragons of Fairmont at Dayton last night. The Indians were badly outclassed in the first half at Dayton, as the Dragons rolled up 10 first downs to one for the Tribe, scoring touchdowns in the first and second periods to clinch the verdict. Evidence that the Redskins play improved during the second half is shown by the fact that Piqua made five first downs to the winners’ two in the final two periods. However, the Tribe never seriously threatened.”

“Before the smallest crowd of the season the Central High Indians battled the South High Tigers of Lima in a 7-7 stand-off last night at Roosevelt Park, rallying in the closing minutes of the game to tie the score after the visitors had gained a 7-0 margin in the second period. The contest was played with the mercury in the lower 30s, a stiff northwest wind sweeping the field. Piqua trailed until the last five minutes of the fourth quarter when Lima’s field generalship went sour. Attempting a pass deep in their own territory in an effort to outsmart the Indians, the trick backfired. Redskin linemen partially blocked B. Howard’s pass which was intercepted by Johnny Schurr. The Piqua fullback lugged the ball to the Lima 16 and the Tribe was on its way. Two plays netted small yardage but a pass Bolden to Strohmeyer made it first down on the Lima 2. Schurr hit the line for a single yard and Bolden plunged over the center to hit pay dirt. Bolden placekicked the extra point to even the count at 7-all.”

“Points and not first downs are the deciding elements in scoring football games and for the fourth time this season, a Piqua Central Opponent learned that lesson here Thursday. And the ‘pupil’ in this last instance was the arch-rival of the Central eleven – namely Troy High. For though the Purple rolled up 13 first downs to but five for the Tribe, the final score in the 1942 edition of the Piqua-Troy Turkey Day classic was 7-7. In Thursday’s holiday engagement, the Indians held the upper hand throughout the first half, though play was pretty much of a see-saw variety. In the second quarter a Troy punt slipped off the side of the punters foot and went out on the Troy 22 yard line. A plunge failed to gain and then Bolden passed to Balara for a first down on the Troy 5. Denman crashed right tackle for four and on the next play banged into the end line to score. Bolden added the extra point by placement. The respective bands entertained royally between halves, having united to march down the field before the game and to play the national anthem as the flag was hoisted on the flag pole. Thursday’s 7-7 tie, failed to change the standing in the 1942 Piqua-Troy athletic trophy competition, Piqua previously leading 15-9 and thus retaining possession of the big cup presented to the two schools by the Daily Call and the Troy News. This is the sixth straight year that Piqua has won the sports emblem.”

Duane Bachman
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