Seven Golden Eagle gridders honored at awards banquet
By GARY HENERY
News Managing Editor
The Golden Eagles, who extended Big Walnut’s football tradition of success by posting the school’s 16th straight winning campaign, were recognized at the annual postseason awards banquet held Wednesday, November 7, in the BWHS Auditorium.
Big Walnut, posting a 6–4 record, tied Olentangy Orange for third place with a 4–3 mark in the Ohio Capital Conference Capital Division behind OHSAA State Playoff qualifiers New Albany (7–0) and Olentangy (6–1) under fourth-year head coach Joe Weaver who has led the Golden Eagles to a 31–14 record for a .689 winning percentage.
The Golden Eagles’ last non-winning season came in 1997 when they finished 5–5 under Rex Sponholtz. Their last losing season came in 1996 when they finished 2–8 under Sponholtz.
Big Walnut’s leadership and strength came from the Golden Eagles’ 20-man senior class led by quarterback Carson Chatterton, wide-receiver/defensive back Adam Shaheen, wide receiver/defensive back Seth Myers, offensive/defensive lineman Julian Simon, tight end/defensive lineman Brant Weiss, defensive back Cody Conley and linebacker Parker Marsch who swept all seven postseason honors.
Chatterton was presented with the coveted Golden Eagle Award which is based on Character (40 percent), Scholarship (30 percent, 3.00 or higher GPA-3.922) and Athletic Ability (30 percent). On the field, Chatterton completed 78 of 146 passes (53.4 percent) for 971 yards and 8 touchdowns while rushing for 314 yards and 4 TDs in 93 carries giving him 1,285 yards in total offense and 12 TDs in 239 plays
Shaheen earned the Most Valuable Offensive Player of the Year Award (24 receptions for 222 yards and a team-high 7 TDs while Simon (83 tackles — 21 unassisted, 62 assisted, 7 for losses, 1 sack) and Myers (67 tackles – 25 unassisted, 42 assists, 2 for losses, 8 pass interceptions) shared the Most Valuable Defensive Player Award. Myers also matched Shaheen with 24 receptions for a team-leading 273 yards.
Marsch was tapped for the Special Teams Most Valuable Player Award while Weiss was the recipient of the Most Improved Player Award and Conley was recognized as the winner of the Iron Eagle Award.
Freshman Jacob Watson was honored with the Brett Stelzer Award in memory of former team member Brett Stelzer.
Among other Big Walnut statistical leaders were sophomore Christian Johnson, junior Alec Eisnnicher, junior Austin Crow and sophomore Tyler Satterfield. Johnson led Big Walnut in rushing with 638 yards and 5 touchdowns in 116 attempts and did not lose a single yard on the ground. On defense, Eisnnicher recorded 69 assisted tackles, 12 tackles for a loss and 3 quarterback sacks while Crow led in unassisted tackles with 35. Satterfield led the Golden Eagles in placekicking with 26 points, converting on 20 of 243 extra points and on 2 of 2 field goal attempts.
Nine Golden Eagles were recognized for being selected to the All-OCC Capital Division Team. Crow, Shaheen and Myers were voted to the First Team; Eisnnicher, Simon, Chatterton and Weiss to the Second Team; junior Austin Hale to the Special Mention unit and Johnson to the Honorable Mention squad. Shaheen was the winner of the Ernie Godfrey Award.
Division II All-Central District honorees for Big Walnut included Simon (First Team Offensive Lineman), Myers (First Team Defensive Back), Eisnnicher (Second Team Linebacker), Shaheen (Second Team Defensive Back) and Crow (Special Mention).
Weaver and his staff, including Mike Adams, Mike DeLaney, Scott Wetzel, Brian Mackey, Charlie Rowley, Anthony Zarcone, Todd Dawson, Luke Moore, Zach Walker and Nick Kuhn, awarded 47 varsity letters.
Three-year letter winners included seniors Gabe Kitchen, Chatterton, Conley, Myers, Simon and Weiss; two-year letter winners included seniors Alex Clark, Brandon Koon, Jim Miller, Anthony Roberto, Logan Williams, Trevor Williams and Dominic Zitello; juniors Grant Burks, Lloyd Huffer, Austin Thomas, Joel Windle, Carr, Crow, Eisnnicher and Hale; and first-year letter winners included seniors Noah Kirk, Maxwell McLean, Robert McManis, Nicholas Russell, Brandyn Wright, Marsch and Shaheen; juniors Ryan Grieser, David Hernandez, Chase LaVeer, Logan Perry, Joseph Steller, Christopher Thomas, Gabriel Vance and Sean Williams; and sophomores Alec Evans, Mohammed Firewick, Mark Lewis, Blake Marioth, Tyler Martin, Justin Richards, Brayden Shepherd, William Smith, Darrin Taylor, Johnson and Satterfield.
Senior Plaques were awarded to Chatterton, Conley, Kitchen, Myers, Roberto, Simon and Weiss.
Junior varsity awards were presented to juniors Odd Gunnar Aspaas, Logan Crum, Brandon Hagerman, John Lankford, Charles Leavitt, Benjamin Radcliff and Caleb Stover; to sophomores Michael Blackburn, Riley Carter, Conner Fry, Garrett Grover, Jacob Lucas, Joseph Mazzi, Jacob Pickrell, Colin Siders, Joseph Spaulding, Cole Stark, Adrian Thomas and Christopher Wall; and to freshman Tom Fleser.
Freshman numerals were earned by Jarrett Adkins, Chukwuka Akusoba, Branden Anderson, Hayden Bowmar, Matthew Brockway, Donovan Chhuom, Larry D’Amico, Ryan Duncan, Joshua Eastwood, Dalton Edwards, Samuel Edwards, Zane English, Vaughn Firmalan, Caleb Gibson, Ethan Hale, Tyler Hogg, Chester Klinedinst, Joseph Kontul, Wayne Lambert, Isaac Lucas, Justin Nelson, Anthony Pisano, Joseph Schooley, Joshua Seabrook, Michael Sensi, Jesse Temple, Jason Trainer, Jacob Trott, Jacob Watson, Jerry Williams, Andrew Wood, Aaron Zieg and Daniel Zitello.
Twenty-seven members of the Golden Eagle squad were recognized as Big Walnut Scholar Athletes (Varsity Letter Winner, 3.20 Grade Point Average) including Burks, Carr, Chatterton, Clark, Eisnnicher, Evans, Grieser, Austin Hale, Hernandez, Johnson, Kirk, Kitchen, LaVeer, Martin, Miller, Perry, Richards, Roberto, Shaheen, Smith, Steller, Vance, Weiss, Sean Williams, Trevor Williams, Windle and Dominic Zitello.
Shaheen was also recognized as an OCC Scholar Athlete (Senior, 3.50 GPA).
Also recognized were varsity manager Matt Bale as well as Ball Boys Kelton Thompson and George Derenburger.
Big Walnut head trainer honored freshmen Brandy Pace and Heather Stimmel for their work with the 2012 Golden Eagle Fall Sports programs. Each received their fist varsity letter.
Pace was recognized as a Big Walnut Scholar Athletes (Varsity Letter Winner, 3.20 Grade Point Average).