Photo Gallery : Dane Vs. Saine

Even though Dane Sanzenbacher grabbed 12 passes for 195 yards, had a one-yard touchdown run on a drive that began by his 35-yard interception late in the first half and blocked a PAT, it wasn't enough to get Toledo Central Catholic a win to advance to the second round and defend their state title from last season. Brandon Saine contributed 101 yards on 25 carries and a TD in the Piqua win.

Photo Gallery : Toledo Central Catholic Fighting Irish vs. Piqua Indians

Dane Sanzenbacher

Brandon Saine

Sanzenbacher is also the backup quarterback.

Jafe Pitcock is Quinn's little brother.

Pete Rolf is a quality defensive player.

Here's a look at TCC captains: Chris Dominiak, Alex Scotland and Sanzenbacher.

And Piqua's captains (L to R): Dustin Snyder, Dominic Allen and David Spiggle...

...along with Pitcock and Bryant Fox.

Pete Rolf, David Rolf and Saine wait on the coin toss results.

On the game's first play, junior quarterback Tyler Kleeberger threw outside to guess who?

To Sanzenbacher, of course, who made a nice gain on his first of 12 catches for the game.

Pete Rolf

Sanzenbacher lined up at quarterback on third-and-one and ran outside for a nice gain and a first down on this play to keep the initial drive alive.

More Sanzenbacher...

...he's pretty good after the catch also...

...and he's not one to avoid contact either.

Kleeberger was 18 of 26 for 224 yards passing.

Sanzenbacher with the ball on a designed running play from Kleeberger.

Paul Jacoby scored from two yards out to cap a 74-yard drive to start the game and give the Irish a 7-0 lead with 7:04 on the clock in the first quarter.

Senior Phillip Collier had a fantastic game for Piqua. Here the senior returns the ensuing kickoff after the score 41 yards to give the Indians great field position.

Junior quarterback Justin Hemm, who was brilliant in the game both passing and running with the football, breaks free..

...for a nice gain on their first offensive play.

After Saine doesn't get much on his first carry...

Hemm runs in for a score on the third play from 13-yards out to tie the score at 7 with 5:04 remaining in the first quarter.

Hemm had 159 yards on 15 carries and he completed 8 of his 11 pass attempt for 147 yards and three TDs.

Sanzenbacher also returns kicks.

He has great hands.

He fights for yards.

And he goes up to get the ball at its highest point. He almost came down with this ball on a long pass in double coverage.

Saine got it going a little bit in the second quarter.

He helped set up Piqua's second touchdown with a couple of runs.

But Collier finished-off the impressive scoring drive with a 18-yard touchdown catch from Hemm to give Piqua a 14-7 lead with 6:47 left in the half.

Kleeberger was running for his life on numerous occasions. Piqua began causing havoc in the Irish offensive backfield.

After forcing a punt, Piqua then hit a deep one as Hemm hit Collier who was all alone in the secondary for a 39-yard score to give the Indians a 21-7 lead with 2:51 remaining in the half.

After Sanzenbacher's return of the kickoff on this play, Central Catholic was forced to punt it right back to Piqua.

Sanzenbacher helped bring Saine down on the punt return.

Piqua was moving again.

And then Sanzenbacher picked off Hemm's pass near the goal line on this play and returned it 35 yards.

After one catch to Sanzenbacher that went for about 20 yards, he then got free on an out-and-up on this play and almost got in for the score...

...before he was brought down inside the five.

And after they got it to the one...Sanzenbacher, under center, ran around the right end for the goal line and scored to make it 21-14 with six seconds left in the half.

Sanzenbacher, who also pooch-kicked the ball during the game, also holds for PAT and field goals.

Saine kept it going on the ground in the second half.

But Hemm kept having success with the passing game almost exclusively hooking up with...


But Saine continued to get his carries and help move the ball down the field...

Saine eventually scored a touchdown on this play from two yards out to give Piqua a 27-14 lead with 11:55 remaining in the fourth period.

But then Piqua struck deep again to Collier covering 54 yards this time... give the Indians their final margin of victory 33-14 with 7:48 left in the game.

With the win, Piqua advances to the second round where they will play Wapakoneta at Lima Senior Stadium at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10.

Saine and Sanzenbacher chat briefly after the game.

Congratulations to Brandon Saine and the Piqua Indians.

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