In-Saine Night For Future Buckeye

Mr. Football, State Champion & Future Buckeye Brandon Saine proved he deserves all the talk surround his outstanding play this season. On Friday Saine played a key role in bring Piqua a state championship.

With the pressures of winning Mr. Football squarely on his shoulders, Piqua senior running back Brandon Saine heard the whispers as other talked about Jordan Mabin being more deserving of Ohio's top honor. By the time the final gun sounded on the Division Two Championship game Saine turned those whispers into cheers and proof he was worthy of being called the top prep football player in Buckeye land.


Rushing for 240 yards on 30 carries while scoring three touchdowns, Saine used his size, strength and speed to do what Jordan Mabin couldn't do just a week before.  Beat one of the hottest teams in Ohio, Pickerington Central.  Just one week before Central shut down Mabin to advance to the title game they'd have no such luck on this night.


On this night Central looked ready to run away from Piqua as they took the opening kickoff and marched 61 yards on seven plays for the early lead.  J.D Cecil did the rest with a 7-yard score.


But things didn't go Central's way the rest of the night and Mr. Football showed why he was bestowed such a hefty honor as fans watched him go 80 for a score.


This was just the start of a night the senior will remember as he pilled up 195 yards on 14 carries in the first half alone.


But Piqua wasn't a one-man show on this night as others looked to ensure the Indians their first state title.  With a speedy defense Piqua gave Central fits and forced Anderson into three interceptions when all was said and done.


The affair had an Ohio State feel as the Ohio State committed Saine watched Jafe Pitcock, younger brother of current Buckeye defensive lineman Quinn Pitcock get into the action by taking an interception in for an 8 yard score.

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