By Rob Kiser
The Piqua football team will look to bounce back from a tough loss to Vandalia-Butler with two home games to finish the season.
The Indians, 5-3 overall and 2-1 in GWOC North play, host Tippecanoe Friday night.
The Red Devils, 4-4 overall and 1-2 in the GWOC North, are coming off a 43-7 win over Greenville.
Sophomore quarterback Troy Taylor (6-0, 163) directs the Tippecanoe offense.
He has completed 33 of 60 passes for 509 yards with six touchdowns and eight interceptions.
Senior Josh Burritt (6-1, 184) leads a balanced rushing attack with 735 yards and six touchdowns on 72 carries.
Senior Cade Beam (6-1, 208) has carried 120 times for 626 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Burritt leads the receivers with seven catches for 160 yards.
Senior Jackson Yeager (5-9, 173) has seven catches for 98 yards and senior tight end Mason Gostomsky (5-11, 192) has seven catches for 96 yards.
Senior Brad Detwiller (5-11, 178) leads the defense with 56 tackles, while Gostomsky has 55 tackles, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Senior linebacker Ben Ambos (5-11, 171) has 51 tackles, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
The Tipp secondary has eight interceptions by seven different players, with senior Adam Liskey (5-11, 166) leading the way with two.
As always, Tipp features a strong kicking game.
Junior Ben Sauls (5-11, 159) has averaged 38.1 yards on 21 punts, is 29-for-30 on PAT kicks and is 4-for-4 on field goals, with a long of 43 yards.
Piqua is coming off nearly erasing a 27-0 halftime deficit against Vandalia-Butler before losing 27-25.
Senior quarterback Mick Karn (5-11, 192) did most of the damage in that game with 20 carries for 141 yards.
Karn is the team’s leading rusher with 839 yards and 14 touchdowns on 122 carries, while completing 49 of 89 passes for 661 yards and five touchdowns, with four interceptions.
Senior Owen Toopes (6-2, 171) leads the receivers with 21 catches for 307 yards.
On defense, junior linebacker Matt Blankenship (5-11, 204) leads the way with 49 tackles, while junior linebacker Makeegen Kuhn (6-1, 218) has 42.
Senior Grant Toopes (6-3, 226) leads the pass rush with 2.5 sacks, while senior Brennan Toopes (6-0, 209) has 1.5 sacks.
Karn has three of Piqua’s six interceptions on the season, while Owen Toopes has two.
Senior Trenton Foster (5-9, 159) is averaging 33.8 yards on kickoff returns and 11.2 yards on punt returns, while Owen Toopes and sophomore Ca’ron Coleman (5-10, 176) both average more than 20 yards on kickoff returns.
Karn is averaging 40.1 yards on 20 punts and has made 11 of 15 PAT attempts.