By Rob Kiser
The Piqua football team got the scrimmage portion of its schedule underway Friday night at Alexander Stadium/Purk Field.
And for the most part, Piqua coach Bill Nees was happy with what he saw in a 2 touchdown to 1 win.
“Lima Senior is coming off a playoff season (in Division II),” Nees said. “They lost quite a bit on offense, but they have seven guys back on defense.”
The scrimmage started with both teams having two eight-play series.
Lima Senior never came close to scoring on either eight-play series as Piqua recorded several sacks.
“I thought we handled that spread offense much better than we had in the past,” Nees said. “I thought we got a lot of pressure on the quarterback. We didn’t let him hurt us.”
On Piqua’s second eight-play series, the Indians were on the Lima 41 for play six when quarterback Austin Davis found Caleb Patton down the right sideline for 39 yards to the two.
After an offsides penalty on the Spartans, Darien Tipps-Clemons bolted up the middle for the touchdown.
“Those are the kinds of things you have to do,” Nees said about the pass.
Both teams then had three down-and-distance series.
On Lima’s first two, the Piqua defense was up to the challenge.
On the Spartans first down-and distance drive, Lima went for it on fourth-and-eight from the Piqua 38. Indians safety Dylan Cole stepped in front of a pass at the Piqua 26 to end the drive.
The Indians then scored on its first down-and-distance drive,
Tipps-Clemons had runs of 24, 12 and 13 yards on the drive.
On third and 15 from Lima 23, Davis led Ben Schmiesing perfectly for a 23-yard TD pass. Robbie Comstock’s PAT kick was perfect.
“Ben (Schmiesing) is just an athlete,” Nees said. “He is out there playing linebacker for us and playing in the backfield.”
Piqua’s second drive was stalled by a penalty and a sack, while the Indians failed to pick up a first down on their final drive.
The second drive also led to Lima’s only score, when a punt from deep in Piqua’s territory gave Lima the ball at the Piqua 49.
“We had two mistakes in a row that stopped the one drive,” Nees said.
Tipps-Clemons had 10 carries for 73 yards, while Schmiesing had four for 12.
Davis completed six of 13 passes for 96 yards.
Patton caught three passes for 53 yards.
Along with Schmiesing’s TD receptions, Hunter Hawk had a 16-yard receptions and Nate Monnin had a 4-yard reception.
Lima finished with 82 yards rushing on 26 carries and was six of 11 passing for 49 yards and one interception.
“We would have liked to do some more things on special teams, but we will do more of that next week with Springboro,” Nees said.
The Indians final test before the season opener will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Springboro.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.