Piqua ready to move on without Mr. Football

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Piqua Indians
Piqua somewhat snuck in the playoffs last year with the No. 7 seed in Region 6, then proceeded to win five straight games and the Division II state championship. The Indians lose reigning Mr. Football award winner Brandon Saine but return 11 starters from last year's team.


2006 Record: 13-2

Piqua somewhat snuck in the playoffs last year with the No. 7 seed in Region 6, then proceeded to win five straight games and the Division II state championship.  

The Indians were dominant throughout the postseason where the average score of their games was 29.6-10.2 (including 33-14 at defending state champion Toledo Central Catholic in the first round, 40-21 over Wapakoneta, 27-0 over Ashland, 22-9 over Cincinnati Turpin and 26-7 over Pickerington Central in the championship game).  

Piqua rode 2006 Mr. Football award winner Brandon Saine to the title last year as he rushed for over 2,000 yards. However, Saine is now at Ohio State and others will need to try and fill his shoes in Piqua’s backfield. The starter will likely be Willie Monbeck (5-11, 193, Sr.) and there could be a committee of players running the ball. 

Despite the loss of Saine, the Indians have 11 returning starters (7 offense, 4 defense) led by linebacker David Rolf (6-4, 218, Sr.) and quarterback Justin Hemm (6-0, 181, Sr.). Rolf is a three-year starter and is being heavily recruited by Division I colleges. Hemm was rock solid as the starter last year and he will be asked to do even more this year. 

The other top returning starters for the defending state champs include: DE Shea Selsor (6-3, 226, Sr.), OL Kyle Perkins (6-2, 250, Sr.), DB Wes Reed (5-9, 173, Sr.) and ILB Colin Nickolai (5-8, 182, Jr.).
“Getting back to the playoffs and trying to advance as far as we can is always our goal,” head coach Bill Nees said. 

Piqua has a challenging schedule this season that includes five Division I opponents. Week two features a championship rematch at Pick Central (which has moved up to Division I this year). The Indians will get a chance to avenge one of their two 2006 losses in week 10 when they host Clayton Northmont. The Thunderbolts edged Piqua 21-14 in week 10 last year.

Piqua 2007 Schedule

Date Opponent Division
8/24/2007 St. Marys Memorial III
8/31/2007 @ Pickerington Central I
9/7/2007 @ Springfield North I
9/14/2007 Greenville II
9/21/2007 Miamisburg I
9/28/2007 @ Trotwood-Madison II
10/5/2007 Vandalia Butler II
10/12/2007 @ Sidney II
10/19/2007 @ Troy I
10/26/2007 Clayton Northmont I


* Greater Western Ohio Conference games in bold

 

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