Piqua beats st. marys 37-20
And the Indians hope that momentum will carry over to this morning.
With Piqua leading 16-7 at halftime, Mother Nature intervened.
After trying to wait out the lightning delay for more than 90 minutes, the decision was made to return to Alexander Stadium/Purk Field at noon and play the second half. The JV game has been cancelled and the freshman will play at 5 p.m. Monday at Piqua.
It was a contrast of St. Marys ball-control offense in the Wing-T and Piqua’s explosiveness.
And both had an impact in the opening half.
After a 16-yard pass from Justin Hemm to David Rolf and a 28-yard run by Hemm on Piqua’s opening drive, Wes Reed matched his uniform number with a 33-yard field goal.
St. Marys, led by the running of Koby Frye, would run 31 plays to Piqua’s 12 at one point. A 10-yard run by Dyan Dietz on fourth-and-two and Kenneth Bruce’s kick put St. Marys up 7-3 with 11:18 remaining in the first half.
That’s when big plays changed the momentum to Piqua’s side.
The first of two Frye fumbles was scooped up Piqua linebacker Willie Monbeck and he raced 48 yards for the score, running through an attempted tackle by Roughriders quarterback Derek Dunlap.
That put Piqua up 9-7 with 6:14 remaining in the half.
On St. Marys next possession, Ty Knox recovered a Frye fumble at the Piqua 35 after a 22-yard run.
After a 22-yard run by Kendall Taylor, Justin Hemm escaped a rush on third-and-10, faked several defenders out of their shoes, picked up several blocks downfield and finished in the end zone on a 43-yard run.
Reed’s kick made it 16-7 with 3:10 remaining in the first half.
Piqua got the ball back with less than two minutes remaining and nearly turned it into more points.
Starting at its own 34, Hemm had 25-yard run on a third-and-19 and a 26-yard pass to Ryan Musselman on a third-and-10. A long field goal attempt missed just before half.
Hemm had 96 yards on seven carries for the Indians, while Frye had 107 yards on 18 carries for the Roughriders.