This week’s meeting between the Troy High School Trojans and the Piqua High School Indians marks the 134th time the teams have played on another. After Piqua’s 32-6 loss to Troy in 2017, the Indians hope to put a dent in the Trojans’ so far successful 8-1 season. Troy comes into the game as a top 40 team in a Ohio and an undefeated conference record.
Kraig is a three-year letterman in football and has also been involved with Link Crew along with the Rubik’s Cube Club the past two years. In addition, Kraig has been honored in the Top 100 Banquet all three years of high school and is a student worker in the attendance office. Kraig attends St. Mary’s Church and works at the Cracker Barrel. He will be attending either The Ohio State University or the University of Cincinnati and pursuing a degree in engineering.
Zachary is the son of Christopher and Heather Niswonger. Zachary is a 4-year player for the Trojans as an offensive and defensive lineman. He holds a GPA of 4.581 and received a perfect score of 36 on the ACT. Zach is a member of the Troy National Honor Society, and is a Troy Reading Buddy at Concord Elementary School, and has been a Scholar Athlete all four years. He is the recipient of the Bausch + Lomb Science Award, the Rensselaer Math Medal and the Honda Math Medal. He plans on attending either Stanford, Ohio State or the University of Michigan to pursue a degree in Chemical Engineering.
HALL OF FAME
A three-year letterman in football, as well as two in basketball and one in baseball, Tyler was a standout quarterback, and free safety for the Indians, helping lead them to the playoffs in his sophomore, junior and senior season including runner-up in the Division II State Championship his junior year. Tyler was honored as an All-Conference selection in his senior season. Tyler went on to become a three-year letterman at Defiance college where he was a standout linebacker. Tyler went on to join the Piqua coaching staff in 2007 and later took a position with Adrian College. He is now in his fourth year as the head coach for the Urbana University Blue Knights.
Graduating in 1981, Bond was a 4-year player and 2-year letterman for the Trojans. He was a 2nd Team All-Conference defensive end his junior year, and as a senior was voted 1st Team All-Conference, 1st Team All-Southwest Ohio, and 1st Team All-Ohio as well as being selected to the AP All-District 1st Team, the Area All-Star 1st Team and was also voted the Trojan’s Most Valuable Player and an honorable mention for the Street & Smith All-American team. Bond went on to play two years at Ellsworth College in Iowa, later transferring to the University of Missouri to finish his college football career with the Tigers. Upon graduation he was drafted by the USFL Birmingham Stallions. Bond is currently a Juvenile Officer at the West Central Juvenile Rehabilitation facility in Miami County.
Friday night marked the 134th time these two Ohio powers have met in what has become one of the best rivalries in the nation. The game quickly turned into a defensive battle, with neither team willing to give the other any room to maneuver offensively. The Piqua Indians struck first offensively with a touchdown on 4th and goal but missed the 2-point conversion. This would prove fatal. Piqua fumbled the ball late in the 4th quarter, allowing Troy to drive down the field and score a touchdown. The kicked the extra point for the 7-6 lead, which they held for the win.
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