Piqua looks to build on recent success

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Piqua won the 2006 state title and advanced to the regional semifinals last year. This season, they must replace linebacker David Rolf who was first-team All-Ohio and the district defensive player of the year.


PLAYERS TO WATCH

RB/CB Ty Knox (5-11, 180, Sr.), OT Cody Sterling (6-4, 285, Sr.), OG Ron Walls (5-10, 193, Sr.), DL Jake Mohr (6-1, 233, Sr.), LB Colin Nickolai (5-9, 185, Sr.), WR Gomez White (6-4, 186, Sr.), RB Kendall Taylor (5-11, 180, Sr.), C Jake Underwood (6-1, 240, Jr.), DL Josh Osborne (5-10, 205, Jr.), WR Logan Johnson (5-11, 167, Jr.).

SEASON OUTLOOK

2007 Record: 8-4, Regional semifinalist

Piqua won the 2006 state title and advanced to the regional semifinals last year. This season, they must replace linebacker David Rolf who was first-team All-Ohio and the district defensive player of the year.

He is now at Michigan State.

Piqua must also replace three-year starting quarterback Justin Hemm, first-team all-district/second-team All-Ohio DL Shea Selsor and first-team all-district OL Kyle Perkins.

Leading this year’s group is Knox who is being heavily recruited as a cornerback and was named second-team all-GWOC last year. Joining him on the second-team all-league list last year was Nickolai and Osborne. Taylor had 287 rushing yards, 106 receiving yards and five touchdowns.

“We have a difficult schedule, but our guys know what to expect,” head coach Bill Nees said. “Hopefully we’ll continue to work hard and have a good year.”

SCHEDULE

8/22 at St. Marys Memorial

8/29 Fairfield

9/5 at Springboro

9/12 at Springfield

9/19 Lebanon

9/26 Trotwood-Madison

10/3 at Vandalia Butler

10/10 at Sidney

10/17 Troy

10/24 Xenia

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