Big Walnut traveled to New Albany, and their banner for the team to run through read, “Huntin’ for a win.” The hunt for a second win this season will have to continue after a 34-0 loss to the Eagles.
On an opening drive that used up four and a half minutes, New Albany took a 3-0 lead on a 20-yard field goal by Zach Shirk. Big Walnut’s first possession resulted in a fourth-down stoppage. Three plays later, running back Zach Hall bounded 36 yards for a touchdown. With 2:51 left in the first quarter, it was 10-0.
New Albany’s next possession had the Big Walnut faithful hoping for a safety after being pinned back near their end zone. However, running back Brandon DeHass broke loose for a 98-yard touchdown scamper. With 9:04 in the half, it was 17-0. About four minutes later, Shirk tacked on a 41-yard field goal. It was all New Albany, 20-0 at the half.
With a little over 7 minutes to go in the third quarter, quarterback Paxon Hunter snuck into the end zone on a 3-yard keeper to put New Albany up 27-0. On the next possession, Big Walnut’s quarterback Tyler Ronk threw an interception, which cornerback Jalin Jackson returned 35 yards for a pick-six. New Albany now had a 34-0 lead and a running clock.
The fourth quarter featured many personal fouls. Big Walnut was driving to avoid the shutout, ending up on the four-yard-line as time expired. Although the Golden Eagles had more than 200 yards total offense, mostly on the ground between running backs Evan Garcia and David Hunt, they couldn’t get on the board.
With two more games in the regular season, New Albany improves to 5-3, while Big Walnut drops to 1-7.