By Rob Kiser
The football Gods are not smiling on Piqua this weekend.
After a 37-14 loss to Troy Friday night, the Indians were led to believe they were in the Division III, Region 12 playoffs and were preparing for a game at Franklin Saturday night.
Now, they are preparing to turn their uniforms in — through no fault of their own.
Dunbar turned itself in Saturday for using an ineligible player the last two weeks and among the shakeup is Piqua is knocked out of the playoffs.
“I am very disappointed for our kids and our coaches,” Piqua athletic director Chip Hare said.
Piqua was not the only victim in the situation.
Beacuse of the forfeits, Belmont jumps to fifth in Region 12 and will play at St. Marys.
A much easier game than Trotwood, who the Roughriders thought they were facing.
Trotwood drops to seventh and now plays at Wapakoneta and Tippecanoe drops to eighth and plays at Franklin.
In Division II, Region 8 it dropped Cincinnati Princeton out of the playoffs.
Troy will now play Cincinnati Anderson instead on Friday night.
If there is any good news, it also dropped Dunbar out of the playoffs and moved Cincinnati Taft in.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.