PIQUA — Piqua and Lima Senior came into Friday night’s game at Alexander Stadium/Purk Field looking to even their records after an opening week loss.
And it was Piqua who was able to do exactly that, defeating the Spartans 25-6 in the Indians’ home opener.
After the teams traded three-and-outs to open the game, Piqua made the first big play of the game.
After Lima Senior picked up its first first down, Piqua’s Mick Karn picked off a halfback pass at the Piqua 38.
Piqua put together a 62-yard drive to get on the board first.
Matt Blankenship and Karn both had short runs for first downs, before Karn threw 18 yards to Owen Toopes from the Lima 36. A face mask moved the ball all the way to the 9-yard line.
After a 3-yard run by Karn, Colin Roe ran five yards to the 1-yard line.
Karn ran it in from there and after a mishandled snap on the PAT, Piqua led 6-0 with 2;03 remaining in the first quarter.
It stayed that way until late in the first half.
Piqua drove deep into Lima territory before Joquise Sheriff intercepted a pass on the Lima 21.
That sparked a 79-yard drive.
Lima Senior quarterback Rasheed Wallace ran 29 yards out to midfield on the first play.
He completed the drive with a 21-yard pass to Jaleel King for the score. The PAT failed and with 1:42 to go in the first half, the game was tied 6-6.
On a first and 20 from the Piqua 20 after the kickoff, Karn ran 36 yards to the Lima 44 and Blankenship rumbled 16 yards on the next play.
After a 7-yard pass to Owen Toopes, Roe ran 11 yards to the Piqua 10.
Karn then hurdled a would-be tackler to get all the way to the one.
Two plays later, Karn ran it in from 4-yards out.
After the PAT failed, Piqua led 12-6 with less than 30 seconds to go in the half and took that lead to the locker room.