The Piqua Indians are set to host the Troy Trojans in the 128th “Battle of Miami” this Friday night. The game is the featured “Game of the Week” on GreatAmericanRivalry.com. This matchup is the oldest rivalry in the state of Ohio. Troy defeated the Indians 27-7 last season and has now won 5 straight contests in the series. The Trojans lead the all-time series in wins, 62-59-6. Both teams enter the game with 4-5 records and are tied in 3rd with 2-2 records in the Greater Western Ohio North Conference.
Ben is a 3 year letterman and a 2 year starter on the varsity football team and is currently a 2 year letterman in track. He is also a 3 year member of the National Honor Society. Ben plans to attend The Ohio State University to pursue a degree in medicine.
Ian is a 3-year letterman on the varsity football team and a 2-year letterman in baseball and will play baseball this spring. He is also a member of the National Honor Society, Interact Club, Archery Club, 4H Club, and student government where he is serving as Vice President. He is also a member of the youth organization at the 1st Methodist Church. Ian plans on attending college to pursue a degree in civil engineering.
Justin Hemm played in the Piqua-Troy rivalry game his sophomore, junior and senior years as the quarter back. His elusive running and his ability to scramble out of the pocket, as well as his many pin-point passing completions, helped lead the Indians to victories over Troy in 2005 & 2006. As the quarter back for Piqua all three years, Justin currently holds the PHS record for career passing, accumulated 3849 passing yards in 234 completions on 463 attempts. Justin also accumulated 3014 rushing yards on 483 carries during his career placing him 4th on the all time career rushing record. In addition, Justin found the end zone 26 times during his career with the Indians.
Jason was a 2-time defensive Player of the Year in 1995 and 1996. Those same years he was named 1st team All-State and named the Southwestern Ohio Defensive Player of the Year. After high school, Jason went on to the University of Toledo where he was a 3-year letterman as a linebacker. Now a resident of Troy with his wife Abby and 2 children, Maddy and Dakota. Jason is a proud member of the Trojan football staff.