Piqua football opens with loss


1949 team finishes with five wins

Duane Bachman


THE HISTORY OF PIQUA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS – A JOURNAL

FALL 1949

“Central high school’s vastly overrated Indians literally fell apart at the seams Friday night to hand an aggressive Dayton Roosevelt team a 13-7 victory before a disappointed crowd of over 6,000 in the season’s opener here. The Indians, after a brilliant start, collapsed collectively and individually to throw away at least three opportunities that would have tied the score or won the ball game.

“It was Piqua’s first defeat in a season’s opener here since 1942 when an underdog Tipp City eleven whitewashed the wartime Indians 6-0. Piqua, although futile offensively in the second quarter of Friday’s debacle, were brilliant defensively. The Tribe, in a goal line stand, stopped a third Dayton touchdown and then rammed Roosevelt’s backs to the wall, but the effort fizzled out.”

“Central high school’s Redskins, led by Kenny Thorpe, who tallied two of four touchdowns, rolled over Wapakoneta Blume high school 26-0 Friday night in the home club’s Harmon field opener. The Tribe scored the first time they laid hands on the ball, then ran wild in a 20-point third quarter to even their season’s record at one win and a loss.

“The Redskins of Central high school came from behind in a thrilling second half to defeat a fighting Sidney High eleven 20-13 before a Dad’s night crowd of 6,000 at Sidney’s Julia Lamb field Friday night. Central, in its 1949 Miami Valley League debut, spotted the Yellow Jackets two touchdowns before piecing together a successful defense against the Jackets thrusts off Coach Tom Pierson’s slide rule ‘T’. The Tribe, aided by several ‘breaks’ then proceeded to hold their own T party. Sidney scored twice from deep inside Piqua territory before the Indians managed to summon any successful offensive thrust. The Big Red scored its first touchdown scant seconds before halftime, then came back to stop Sidney cold for two periods.”

“Troy high school’s Trojans unleashed a powerful ground gaining attack to roll over Piqua 20-3 before a sellout crowd of over 7,000 here Friday night. It was the worst defeat Piqua has suffered at the hands of the school down the Dixie in 29 years. Only a field goal by Captain Dan Cline, who was later severely injured in the contest, saved the spent Indians from complete failure. The kick, attempted from the Troy 15 yard line, gave Piqua a 3-0 lead which they held one quarter. Troy scored three times on identical pass plays from within the Piqua five yard line. Piqua, who gained only 98 yards from scrimmage and nothing through the air, absorbed its worst defeat since 1920 when Troy thumped the Indians 19-0.”

“Central high school’s Redskins broke a 7-7 tie in a fourth period drive to score a 13-7 win over Miamisburg’s defending Miami Valley League co-champions at the Burg’s Harmon field Friday night. Fullback Bill Ashton raced 23 yards off tackle in the last five minutes of play to score the touchdown that gave Piqua its second Miami Valley League win in three starts, Kenny Thorpe’s 81-yard dash in the first quarter accounted for the first Piqua touchdown. Chuck Hardin’s field goal from the 10 yard line carried Fairmont high school to a 3-0 win over Central on a rain sodden field here Friday night. Hardin, an end, drove the ball between the uprights in the second period of play as a Fairmont drive faded short of pay dirt. Rain, which fell steadily throughout the contest, soaked players and spectators alike, but failed to halt Fairmont’s offensive strength as the Dragons surged to their fifth consecutive Miami Valley League win. Piqua, bottled up all evening by the center of the Dragons line, got no farther than the Fairmont 36-yard line all evening and scored only five first downs – four rushing, one passing.”

“Central high school’s Redskins smothered winless Oakwood under a deluge of eleven touchdowns and three conversions Thursday night at Oakwood stadium to record a lop-sided 69-14 victory. Everybody but the water-bearer went to bat for Piqua as Coach G.P. Wertz sought to open the gates of mercy early in the contest. Oakwood scored twice against Piqua third stringers, but still gave away touchdowns.

“Piqua led 50-0 at halftime. Scoring at least once in every period, Central high school’s Redskins surged to a 37-6 win over Greenville here Friday to realize their fourth Miami Valley League victory of the season. A crowd of around 4,000 braved a biting wind to score in the third period. From that time on, second and fourth stringers marched on and off the field. The scrubs even managed a fourth quarter touchdown.”

”Central high school’s Redskins unleashed a deadly passing attack to humble Xenia’s Buccaneers 56-13 here Friday night in the final game of this 1949 football season. The Tribe scored at least twice in every period to realize their sixth win of the season and fifth in Miami Valley League play.

“Hard pressed for yardage from scrimmage, the Indians took to the air for six touchdowns and 273 net yards. Norbert (Sonny) Schnippel, who, with 15 other Redskins, played his last game for Central, turned in the evening’s best performance as he completed eight of ten attempted passes, four for touchdowns. But as far as over 4,000 top-coated fans were concerned, Kenny Thorpe’s 101 yard return of an intercepted pass stood alone as the most spectacular play of the game.”

Duane Bachman
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1949 team finishes with five wins
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