THE HISTORY OF PIQUA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS – A JOURNAL
“Dayton Roosevelt’s gridders, a pre-game favorite, underwent rather rough treatment at the hands of the Central High Indians in the opening football game of the season before a crowd of approximately 2,500 fans at Roosevelt Park last night when the Redskins chalked up a well-earned 18-6 victory. The Central High Indians chalked up their second victory of the 1943 season last night at Roosevelt Park, defeating a not-too-strong Vandalia Butler team 38-7, before a crowd of approximately 2,000 fans.
“The Tribe tallied single touchdowns in the first, second and third periods, adding 19 points in the final quarter. The locals rolled up 17 first downs to the visitor’s seven, dominating the contest throughout. Fans noticed the absence of the half-time show last Friday night but tonight, P.H.S. band, directed by Phil Gates, and a picked group of singers, made their official appearance on the field during the half.”
“Scoring 12 points in the first quarter and adding seven more in the second, the Central High Indians registered their third consecutive gridiron triumph at Roosevelt Park last night 19-0 in the final pre-MVL contest of the season for the Red and Blue. Scoring six points in the first quarter and adding seven more in the second, the Central High Indians registered their fourth straight victory of the season and successfully passed their initial MVL test of the year defeating Greenville High here last night 13-0.
“The Tribe started off as though the contest might be lopsided, tallying their first touchdown in the opening three minutes of the contest. Held scoreless in the remainder of the initial period, the Red and Blue came back to add its second touchdown early in the second quarter and that wound up the scoring for the evening.”
“Bucking up against a heavier team and playing in a downpour of rain, the Central High Indians streaked easily to a 21-6 win over the Yellow Jackets on a muddy Sidney gridiron last night, scoring three touchdowns, a safety, and kicking an extra point. The heavy rain that fell from the start of the game to the finish made the field a quagmire and the ball slippery and hard to hold, naturally giving the heavier team the advantage, but a high spirited Tribe, displaying speed and line power came from behind in the first few minutes of play to gain and hold the lead.
“Rolling up 33 points, of which 20 points came in the final two periods, the Central High Indians chalked up their sixth straight gridiron triumph and their third successive Miami Valley triumph by trouncing the Miamisburg Vikings last night. While the Tribe tallied five touchdowns in the shutout, the ball toters, Bolden, Butsch, Wilson, Andy and Wertz gained the crowds applause, the success of the Tribe last night, as has been the case thus far this season was definitely the result of the work of the seven lads comprising the line. Offensively, they hammered down the Vikings line to open holes for the ball carriers while on defense, they ganged up to halt Miamisburg threats consistently after the early moments of the game.”
“The Piqua Central High Indians advanced another notch in their drive for the 1943 Miami Valley League football championship last night by knocking the pins from under the Xenia Buccaneers at Xenia, winning 14-7. The victory was the fourth straight MVL triumph and the seventh win in as many starts this season. Although the Indians marked up 10 first downs to seven for the Bucs, and walked off with the long end of the score, they did not play top-notch football, and looked none too good considering their tough assignment with Fairmont here next Friday.
“The 1943 Miami Valley League football championship is safely stowed away at Piqua Central High School but the Indians in order to clinch the title, which incidentally is the eighth for the Red and Blue, had to outfight a scrappy Fairmont crew here last night before a crowd of 2,500 fans to win 19-12. Enthusiasm over capture of the 1943 MVL football title by defeating Fairmont here last night was dampened somewhat by the loss of Dick Prince, 135 pound ‘scat back’ of the Central High eleven. Prince was tackled in the fourth period just as he was about to break away on a long touchdown run, suffering a fracture of his left ankle. He was taken to Memorial Hospital, where attaches reported that he would be able to return to his home today.”
“Bucking up against a hard charging line, the Piqua Central Redskins were no match for the Lima South Tigers Saturday night before a shivering crowd in the Lima Stadium as they went down for the first defeat of the season of the year, losing to one of the strongest squads they’ve met this season by a 12-0 score.
“Coach G.P. Wertz and the red and blue clad gridders enjoyed a real Thanksgiving feast Thursday afternoon when they reaped a 26-12 victory on the Trojan gridiron, scoring in every quarter, chalking up their ninth win of the season, and their 26th win over the Trojans since 1911. The Piqua High Indians, undefeated Miami Valley League champions, and tasting defeat only once this season, were in true winning form before a Turkey Day classic crowd of approximately 4,000 Piquads and Trojans on an afternoon made for football.”
“A football system that has been maintained at a high standard without overshadowing other school activities is that which has marked a 19 year period under the direction of George P. Wertz, Central High’s popular gridiron boss. For in the 19 seasons, the Wertz elevens have won no less than 120 games, while losing 42 and tying 20. And that 120th victory came last Thursday at the expense of the Indians’ archrival, Troy, when the Central squad posted a well-earned 26-12 triumph. A number of high schools over the nation have been lauded in the newspapers and magazines for their outstanding football teams and in some instances, football has overshadowed other activities of the school.
“However such is not the case at Piqua Central for the Indians excellent record for the past 19 years under George P. Wertz. Football is not the most important activity at Central High and there is no overemphasized junior high set-up of football training as in many cities where the grid game is the No.1 sport. In fact, Central football for the most part involves boys of the senior high ages rather than those of the junior high. Here there is no attempt to build up a system, solely with the idea of future varsity competition.”