Forget about the numbers, that much was expected.
Piketon came into a Division IV regional semifinal Friday against St. Clairsville as heavy underdogs, but the idea from Week 1 for the Redstreaks was just to make noise this season. In the first half against the Red Devils, they made as much noise as they could.
"That's just a good football team with speed in many, many different spots," Piketon coach Tyler Gullion said. "We were trying to take away (Dan Monteroso) and double-team him and for the most part was able to do that. It was just that everyone else killed us. That was a chance we took, hoping we could slow down the other guys. We just couldn't quite do that.
"They just hit you in so many ways in so many situations that we couldn't quite get it together. "
Offense was expected from St. Clairsville, and it delivered by scoring on its first nine possessions. The question was whether Piketon could do the same. Save for a few stalled drives in the first half, they did.
"Offensively, I'm proud of what we did," Gullion said. "We were able to run the ball and throw it and were able to do some things. We just didn't punch it in a couple of times. Our kids didn't fear them or anything, I mean, we knew they were good, but this group didn't fear them."
It wasn't a storybook kind of game Piketon. But all things considered, like being the final team standing from the Scioto Valley Conference, it was a statement Gullion hopes becomes normal for the program.
"We didn't have anything to lose, and we thought we could move the ball and score," Gullion said . "That's a great ball club and they have speed. That's just a nice ballclub."
Then again, so was Piketon for awhile. That's the thing the Redstreaks should take out of the game. Not the 59-27 deficit, but that for at least half a game, Piketon proved it could be a team that could play with anybody. When it comes to making noise, that's about as good as it gets.
"It's been a fun year and I'm proud of this team," Gullion said. "I'm just proud of the boys and the way they played and the way they prepared the entire year. These 16 seniors, we're going to miss them. They've done some good things and some great things for us."