By Rob Kiser
Piqua heads into “Thursday Night Lights” on roll.
After cruising to a 63-6 win over West Carrollton last week, the Indians went on the road for a 55-20 romp over Xenia Friday night.
“I thought we were able to move the ball with both quarterbacks,” Piqua football coach Bill Nees said. “I also thought our special teams played really well and we got a couple big plays there.”
Allen Schrubb rumbled for 200 yards and five touchdowns as the Indians opened a 40-14 halftime lead and didn’t punt until the fourth quarter.
Piqua’s first drive went 68 yards in four plays.
A 20-yard reverse to Caleb Patton led to a 32-yard TD run by Schrubb on his first carry of the game. Robbie Comstock added the PAT to make it 7-0.
“We were able to do a lot of different things, like the reverse,” Nees said. “Let’s just say we were able to use the entire playbook tonight.”
Xenia quickly answered with an 80-yard drive, with quarterback Christian Severt throwing to Mechi Harris for the score on first-and-goal from the nine. Heath Throop kicked the PAT to tie it.
But, Piqua got a big play from starting quarterback Austin Davis to put together an 80-yard drive of its own
Davis converted a second-and-26 with a 36-yard pass to Hayden Schrubb. A 13-yard run by Ben Schmiesing set up a 5-yard TD run by Allen Schrubb to make it 14-7.
“We were able to make big plays,” Nees said. “When we needed to make a play to move the chains, we did.”
Micah Karn came in to quarterback the next two series — with both resulting in scores.
“I think both quarterbacks have different things they do well and we were able to execute with both of them,” Nees said. “I think it is something we will continue to do.”
A 66-yard drive was completed with a 12-yard run by Karn to the end zone. After Comstock’s kick made it 21-7, a scuffle broke out on the field with both teams having a player ejected.
Severt then stunned Piqua with an 80-yard TD pass to Andre Grundy to make it 21-14, but it was all Piqua after that.
“Earlier this season when we had some adversity, we didn’t necessarily handle it well,” Nees said. “The good thing tonight was we handled the adversity. It wasn’t like the sky was falling after that happened.”
Karn completed a 42-yard pass to Schmiesing, thanks to a devastating block by Allen Schrubb and that set up a 10-yard TD run by Schmiesing to make it 28-14.
“I think both our running backs have good size and work really well together,” Nees said.
On the first play following the kickoff, Jacob Bushnell recovered a fumble at the Xenia 26.
Schmiesing ran 22 yards on the first play to set up a 4-yard scoring run by Allen Schrubb to make it 34-14.
Piqua scored again on a 20-yard pass from Davis to Hayden Schrubb to make it 40-14 late in the half.
Hunter Hawk then recovered a fumble on the kickoff, but Piqua missed a field goal just before the half ended.
“Both our corners (Hayden Hawk, Jacob Bushnell) came up with big plays,” Nees said.
Xenia had the first score of the second half on a 42-yard TD pass from Severt to Harris to make it 41-20, but Piqua added TD runs of 14 and 29 yards by Schrubb to make the final 55-20.
Schrubb had 19 carries for 200 yards, while Schmiesing had 17 for 82.
Davis was 10 for 14 passing for 129 yards.
Schmiesing had six catches for 81 yards, all in the first half, while Hayden Schrubb caught four passes for 78 yards.
Coeby Patton recovered a fumble on a kickoff in the second half.
“I thought we did a good job against a really dangerous return guy (Mechi Harris),” Nees said. “We even got the ball on the one squib when it turned into an onside kick.”
Severt led the Xenia rushing attack with 34 yards and completed 16 of 26 passes for 245 yards.
Harris caught seven passes for 100 yards, while Grundy had two receptions for 83 yards.
Piqua, 3-2, will open GWOC North play Thursday at Sidney — and look to ride the momentum from the last two weeks.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.