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“The Piqua Indians opened their grid season with five lettermen available. With a hard schedule facing him, Coach Wertz, with the assistance of Clark Gabriel, former Ohio University and Central star, drilled the Indian candidates very hard. Lack of experience and minor injuries have been costly to the Redskins so far this season, but probably all the gridders will be in fine shape for the Thanksgiving game.”

“Piqua opened the pigskin season by playing strong Dayton Kiser at Dayton. The game ended in a 12 to 0 defeat for the Varsity. The Indians threatened to score many time could not produce the necessary scoring punch. The second game of the season was played at home with Xenia. The Redskins did not play the type of ball for which they are noted and consequently the game ended in a scoreless tie. The third game of the year marked the initial win of the season. Piqua scored in the first quarter on a pass of Hare to Sawyer. However, the Fairmont team came back strong in the third quarter to score seven points and lead the Indians by one point, but the Redskins scored another touchdown – winning 13 to 7.”

“The Central aggregation next traveled to Sidney, to oppose the strong Yellow Jackets. Both teams, evenly matched, fought bitterly throughout the whole game. As a result the game ended in a scoreless tie. Piqua High played their next game with the Big Green eleven in a night game. Greenville players scored their seven points in the very first minutes the game, but after that they found the Tribe very hard to handle. This marked the first League defeat for the Central aggregation. Greenville wins 7 to 0. The game with Lima South was one with plenty of thrills and excitement. The Tribe, breezing along in the third quarter with a 13 to 0 lead, seemed to be headed for a rather easy victory, but the Lima squad unleashed an aerial attack which seemed to catch the Redskins asleep and in a very quick fashion scored 12 points. The Indians staved off their other attacks, and the game ended in a 13 to 12 win for the Tribe.”

“When the Piqua Indians met the sturdy Miamisburg eleven, strong contenders for the Miami Valley League championship, the Vikings built their attack with sweeping end runs mixed with passes which the Indian gridders could not stop. However, in the last quarter, Creagor, substitute tackle, broke through the Miamisburg line block and recovered a punt for the Indians lone marker. The game ended shortly afterwards with the Central aggregation on the short end of the score – 28 – 7. The Indians last game at home was with Middletown. The game proved to be disastrous for Central because Middletown scored early in the first quarter of the game. This was the tribe’s fourth defeat and was lost to a much heavier and more experienced aggregation of players. The Indians came back in the second half with plenty of fight, and consequently the Middletown team only shoved one marker over the goal line with the final score being 25 – 0.”

“After losing two straight games, the Piqua football aggregation traveled to Urbana with a do-or-die determination to win. There was no scoring of either team in the first two quarters. However, the second half proved to be a different story as the Indians came back with the so-called ‘punch’ to score two touchdowns before the game ended with a 14 to 0 victory for Piqua. It was in this game that Fessler made his spectacular run of 67 yards for a touchdown. The long awaited game on Turkey Day was at hand. It was an ideal day for a game, the field was in good condition, and there were plenty of spectators to see the Indians battle their most bitter foe, Troy. The Trojans scored in the first quarter on an end run which seemed to catch the entire Varsity eleven asleep. The half ended with Troy leading 6 to 0. With neither team able to do anything in the third quarter, the Indians changed their type of play to an aerial attack. The Central aggregation was marching down the field when suddenly the Trojan end intercepted a lateral pass and raced across the goal line for a touchdown. The game ended in a 13 to 0 victory for Troy, the first one in the last five years.”

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