Piqua puts away Butler: Big plays lead Indians to 2-0 record

VANDALIA — Even when things weren’t necessarily going right, the Piqua football team found ways to turn them into its favor.

The final play of the first half being the prime example.

After Butler had trimmed a 17-point Piqua lead down to seven, the Indians set up for a 48-yard field goal try with :01 on the clock before halftime. After bobbling and recovering a bad snap, though, sophomore quarterback Brady Ouhl alertly threw it to Jerell Lewis, who streaked down the left sideline and carried a trio of would-be Aviator tacklers the final few yards into the end zone for a 31-yard touchdown reception — and the Indians rode the momentum that play created throughout the second half to a 43-18 victory Friday night at Butler High School.

Ouhl threw two first-quarter touchdown passes — a 41-yarder to Garrett Schrubb and a 62-yarder to Jasiah Medley — and Jackson Trombley added a 32-yard field goal to put the Indians up 17-0 after the first quarter. But Butler (0-2) battled back in the second, converting a Piqua fumble into seven points early in the quarter and then kicking a 25-yard field goal with :20 remaining until halftime to cut the lead to 17-10.

But a solid kickoff return and three quick plays later, Piqua reached field-goal range and called timeout with :01 remaining. Ouhl’s third touchdown pass of the half and Lewis’ determination turned a play that could have swung the momentum fully in Butler’s favor into a 23-10 halftime lead for the Indians.

Early in the third, Ca’Ron Coleman intercepted a Butler pass to kill the Aviators’ first possession, and two plays later Medley broke a 33-yard touchdown run to give Piqua a 19-point lead at 29-10. That’s where things remained until early in the fourth quarter, when Medley capped off a lengthy Indian drive with a 3-yard scoring run to put the Indians up 36-10 with 10:47 to play.

Butler scored again and added a two-point conversion to cut the lead to 36-18 with only 2:03 to play, but Piqua recovered the onside kick — and Coleman made sure there were no doubts remaining, breaking through the middle on the next play and going 56 yards for an exclamation mark of a touchdown.

The win makes Piqua 2-0 — the first time the Indians have started a season with back-to-back wins since 2015, the last season that the Indians qualified for the playoffs.

Piqua hosts 0-2 Greenville in Week 3.