By Rob Kiser
DAYTON — There was going to be no raining on Alex Nees’ parade Saturday.
After finding out a little over a week ago that he would have the opportunity to play in the Ohio North-South All-Star football game at Welcome Stadium, Nees and the South team rolled to a 49-26 victory in the D-I-II-III game.
“I never expected to have this opportunity,” Nees said after the game with a smile. “It was the best news I have gotten in a long time. Probably the best news I have gotten since we made the playoffs this year. It is just an honor to have the opportunity to play in this game and get to represent Piqua.”
It looked like it was going to be a wild game after both teams had 99-yard kickoff returns in the first 28 seconds.
But, the South would take a 20-19 lead at halftime and after recovering an onside kick to start the second half, was in control the rest of the way.
“This was just a great experience,” Nees said about the practices and the game. “I have 35 new friends now.”
And he continued the family tradition.
His older brother Travis, who now plays for Dayton and was on the sidelines to watch the game, played in the same game.
“Yeah, it is (a neat thing),” Nees said. “There was competition there. You always want to compare how you did in the game.”
Playing on the kickoff and punt coverage teams and rotating in on defense, Nees had two straight plays come his way in the third quarter.
On the first, he tackled the receiver immediately short of the first down and on the second, he broke up a pass.
“Really, those are the only two plays that came my way,” he said. “Simple plays. If you are playing in this game, you should be able to make those plays.”
Nees made the All-GWOC team this season — as well as being named first team All-GWOC North this season and second team All-GWOC North the previous two seasons.
After 61 tackles and two interceptions as a sophomore — Nees, had 48 tackles as a junior and 30 tackles and three interceptions as a senior, helping Piqua to its first playoff berth in eight years.
And Saturday was not the final game for the Ashland signee — he will play in the Miami Valley All-Star game in June at Welcome Stadium — with his dad — Piqua football coach Bill Nees — coaching the team.
“It is great,” Nees said. “Now I have a big number on my back after playing in this game. It is better than waiting until August 10 at Ashland to play.”
The only thing he would change is playing in a constant rain.
“I hated the weather — hated it,” Nees said. “But it was a lot of fun playing.”
And he wasn’t about to let anything rain on his parade,
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor at the Piqua Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.