BW derails Railroaders in 50-6 gridiron victory
By GARY HENERY
News Managing Editor
There was no doubt the Golden Eagles came ready to play … and play hard they did.
Big Walnut (2–1) scored five touchdowns the first five times the Golden Eagles handled the ball en route to a 50–6 non-conference victory over the Mighty Railroaders of Cleveland Collinwood (0–3) on Senior Parent Night Friday at Golden Eagle Stadium.
The Golden Eagles won the toss and took the opening kickoff 74 yards in eight plays with junior fullback Grant Burks capping the drive with an 8-yard touchdown run with 10:03 left in the opening quarter. Sophomore placekicker Tyler Satterfield capped the touchdown with the first of his five successful extra points and the Golden Eagle offense was ready to roll.
The Big Walnut defense set up the Golden Eagles’ second score as senior defensive back Seth Myers stepped in front of a pass thrown by Railroader junior quarterback Jo’Vaughn Scott at the BW 38 and returned it 19 yards to the Collinwood 43. Thee plays later, Golden Eagle senior quarterback Carson Chatterton tossed a 20-yard TD pass to senior wide receiver Adam Shaheen at the 7:09 mark of the quarter.
Forcing a three-and-out on the Railroaders’ next series, it took Burks just three plays to put the ball in the end zone for a 21–0 Big Walnut lead. Burks opened the series with a 29-yard scamper to the Collinwood 2-yard line. After an illegal substitution penalty on the visitors, Burks powered the ball in for six with 5:26 remaining in the quarter.
The Golden Eagle defense got into the business of scoring touchdowns as Myers picked off his second pass of the young evening and returned it 38 yards for a BW touchown and a 28–0 advantage with 4:12 still showing in the first-quarter clock.
After forcing Collinwood into a three-and-out on its next series, the Golden Eagles put together a four-play 43-yard march that concluded on senior running back Cody Conley’s 13-yard scoring scamper 12 seconds into the second quarter, a score that gave Big Walnut a commanding 35–0 lead with 11:42 still left in the opening half.
Big Walnut’s early point explosion did not surprise head coach Joe Weaver.
“Our players love to play at home on Friday night in front of their fans,” Weaver said. “It’s a tradition for our players and they respond by making the plays and getting the job done … tonight was no different.”
Cleveland Collinwood, scoreless in its first two starts of the season, finally broke through. The Railroaders put together a 12-play 73-yard march following Conley’s score as Scott found junior wide receiver Dontez Lockett on a 19-yard scoring strike with 1:55 remaining in the first half.
“Coach (Greg) Wheeler’s Railroaders continued to work and play hard, even after falling behind by 35 points,” Weaver said. “You never sensed that his players got down on themselves and quit playing … they just continued to play harder.”
Weaver’s troops tacked on scores in both the third and fourth quarters by sophomore running backs Brayden Shepherd and Tyler Martin. Shepherd scored on a 15-yard run with 6:14 left in the third quarter and Martin capped the game’s scoring with a 48-yard run with 2:34 left in the contest. In between the Golden Eagles counted a safety, tackling Scott in the end zone on a third-and-seven call from the Railroaders’ 4-yard line.
Big Walnut totaled 411 yards and 21 first downs in 43 plays. The Golden Eagles, led by Martin with 128 yards in 9 carries, rushed for 371 yards in 36 plays, averaging 10.3 yards per carry. Burks followed with 62 yards in 5 tries and Shepherd with 60 yards in 4 attempts. Chatterton was 3-for-6 passing for 40 yards while rushing for 28 yards in 4 carries. Shaheen had two catches for 34 yards.
On the negative side for the Golden Eagles, senior wide receiver/defensive back Antony Roberto left the game with a knee injury late in the second quarter. The extent of his injury had not been determined.
Collinwood finished with 88 yards and 6 first downs in 37 plays. Scott threw for 104 yards on 7-for-25 passing with 2 interceptions. Lockett had four catches for 47 yards and the Railroaders’ lone score. On the ground, Collinwood finished in the red with a minus 16 yards in 12 carries.
Big Walnut will open defense of its 2011 Ohio Capital Conference Capital Division championship Friday night when the Golden Eagles host longtime rival Olentangy in the conference opener for both teams. Ed Terwilliger’s Braves, 35–21 victors over visiting Lexington Friday night, will bring a 3–0 record into the contest. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.