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 (55 yards on 8 carries) and David Hunt (73 yards on 17 attempts), 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.