This Rivalry has been called “the most prolific rivalry in Ohio high school football history” and the numbers prove it. Going into Friday night’s game Troy had 62 wins, Piqua had 62 wins and there were 6 ties.
Jared will be a 3 year letterman on the varsity football team and is currently a 2 year letterman in baseball. During his sophomore year, Jared was selected Special Mention All-Conference for football. As a junior, Jared was 2nd Team AllConference for football and Special Mention for baseball. Jared is a recipient of the Troy Scholar Athlete Award and the GWOC Scholar Athlete Award and also a member of the National Honor Society. He is also active with Troy Student Government, a member of Senior Cabinet and participates in the Business Club and the Outdoor Club. Jared plans to attend an undecided college to play football or baseball and pursue a degree in Finance.
Jack is a three year letterman for varsity football team and lettered for baseball team. In addition he is a member of the National Honor Society, Piqua Teen Leaders, Link crew, and was crowned this year’s Homecoming King. Jack also is a leader in the community by heading up the River Cleanup for the City of Piqua through “Protect our Waterways” and is a certified basketball official. He plans on attending UD, UC, The Ohio State University or Miami to pursue a degree in sports management.
Mike played in the Troy-Piqua rivalry all four years of his high school career, from 1983 to 1986 winning three out of four games. As a star running back on the 1985 Troy Trojan’s football squad, Mike sealed a win for Troy during the 100th Troy-Piqua Football Game with a 56 yard touchdown run late in the game. That year, Mike ran for over 1,600 yards and scored 25 touchdowns helping the Trojans to a perfect 10-0 season and a trip to the Division 1 state playoffs. Troy ended the 1985 season with a 12-1 record. Their only loss coming in the state semifinals at the hands of the eventual Division 1 state champions, Cincinnati Moeller. Mike earned a football scholarship to Boston College where he played slot-back and was a punt and kickoff returner.
Tom Lyman graduated from Piqua High School in 1965, after an outstanding football career as a running back and defensive end winning multiple awards for his achievements. In his Senior year, Piqua defeated Troy 20-0, and Tom scored all 20 of Piqua’s points. Tom is the first of 3 generations to participate in the Troy rivalry. In 1968 he married his high school sweetheart, Joyce, a Piqua football cheerleader. Their daughter played in the Piqua ‘Marching 74’ and their three sons were all recognized as All-League players for the Piqua Red and Blue. Tom and Joyce’s grandson Noah, is a Senior, wearing #16 tonight.