For its homecoming game, Big Walnut trounced Newark 37-7 in Sunbury on Sept. 28.
The scoring got underway midway through the first quarter when the Newark punter fielded a low snap in the end zone, and his knee touched the ground for a safety. With just under two minutes to go in the first, Nathan Lawyer ran in from a yard out to give the Eagles their first touchdown. Caleb Meade’s point after was good. BW also recovered a short kick off/onside kick early on that seemed to deflate the Wildcats sideline and cheering section.
In the second quarter, Jagger Barnett threw a nice pass over the middle to Nathan Lawyer for a 37-yard touchdown. The extra point was blocked. Newark got on the board with an 18-yard dash by running back Dustin Williams and an extra point by Garrett Kashner. With just over a minute in the half, Tyler Crotinger ran in from the 4 for a touchdown, and Lawyer ran in for the 2-point conversion and a 23-7 halftime lead.
At halftime, the BW marching band presented its contest show, selections from Les Miserables.
Crotinger had two more TD runs of 5 and 3 yards in the third and fourth quarters to round out the scoring.
The Golden Eagles also dominated the Wildcats statistically, keeping the ball nearly twice as long and out-gaining them nearly three-to-one. Barnett completed 13 of 16 passes for 147 yards. Jakob Daniels led in receiving, with 4 catches for 27 yards. Crotinger rushed for 157 yards on 22 attempts; Andy Van Houten had 41 yards; and Lawyer gained 33. Jake Summers had a 28-yard kickoff return. Defensively, Max Lenz had 5.5 tackles; and Sam Elliott and Nathan Montgomery each had an interception.