With the opportunity to stay in the league title hunt in front of them, the Piketon Redstreaks didn’t disappoint the home crowd Friday night.
Piketon used a huge second half scoring outburst to turn a close game into a 33-12 victory over the visiting Huntington Huntsmen. It was Piketon’s six win in a row and fourth in the Scioto Valley Conference. That win, coupled with Zane Trace beating Adena 31-3, has both teams sitting at the top of the league standings. They will face off next week at Zane Trace.
According to Piketon coach Tyler Gullion, several key penalties hurt his Redstreaks in the first half, as they led by just two points at the break, 14-12.
Coming out of the locker room, the Redstreaks used a strong third quarter to put the game away.
“We didn’t play smart in the first half and that let them hang around,” said Gullion. “In the second half, we wore them out with our depth. They were sucking air. That played a big part.”
Piketon senior quarterback Gabe Birkhimer passed for 221 yards with one touchdown and added 125 rushing yards with two additional touchdowns. Travis Veach caught six passes for 116 yards and a touchdown. Tanner Veach, Timothy Trawick, Chase Grooms, Zane Barker and Luke Nichols all caught passes. Barker also added a rushing touchdown with six carries for 37 yards.
“Our young kids are doing well, but our seniors are really stepping up and being leaders. Everyone talks about Birkhimer and Veach, but Chance McNelly, Kenny Robertson and Trevor Henderson have been huge for us as well. McNelly is unselfish. He changed numbers and positions to start the season and has turned into a great center,” said Gullion.