PHS senior Jakob Hepner signs with Capital University


PIQUA — Jakob Hepner said the decision to continue his football career at Capital University was an easy one.

“They have a great athletic program.” the son of Jamey and Jamey Hepner said. “I really liked it there. It is near Columbus, so the location was a big part of it as well.”

The Piqua High School senior was a big part of Piqua’s offensive success over the past two season as an offensive guard.

The 6-foot-2, 287-pounder helped pave the way for the Indians undefeated regular season this past year.

The Indians have won 12 games over the last two years and averaged over 2oo yards rushing each season.

Piqua was ranked fourth in the MVL this past season, while being ranked fifth in rushing and fourth in passing.

Hepner’s play earned him honorable mention All-MVL honors.

Piqua football coach Bill Nees said Capital is a good fit for Hepner.

“Jacob (Hepner) is a hard worker,” Nees said. “He works hard in the weight room. I am sure he will get up there, put in the work and be ready to go when the season starts.”

Hepner knows he still has to make improvements in his game.

“I am always working on my strength and my quickness,” he said.

And he knows he will have to earn a spot in the lineup.

“I am going to go up there and work hard and then I should be able to get in the rotation,” he said.

As he continues the game he has had a passion for ever since he was little.

“Ever since I was a little boy, I knew I wanted to play college football,” Hepner said. “It feel like a relief to have this decision made.”

And the choice of Capital was an easy one for him.

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