The Big Walnut defense opened the scoring with a safety and Evan Garcia made it a 9-6 game with a seven-yard TD run late in the first, but visiting Worthington Kilbourne put up three unanswered scores on the way to a tough 23-16 league win Friday night in Sunbury.
The Wolves’ Josh Stoner answered the safety with a 60-yard touchdown run, giving his team a 6-2 first-quarter lead.
After Garcia helped BW (2-4, 1-2 OCC) regain the lead, Isaiah Young put Worthington Kilbourne (6-0, 3-0 OCC) back on top with a 56-yard TD run.
The Wolves added to their cushion when Stoner booted a 26-yard field goal, then made it 24-9 when Nick Hill returned an interception for a touchdown early in the fourth.
The Golden Eagles’ Cole Weaver pulled his team within a score with a 30-yard run late in the fourth, but BW couldn’t get any closer than the final seven-point spread.
Big Walnut gave undefeated Kilbourne all it could handle, playing virtually even except for the pick six, which turned out to be the difference.
Both teams had their way on the ground. The Eagles rushed for 199 yards while the Wolves, boosted by Young’s 163-yard performance, ran for 205.
Passing was a different story as the two quarterbacks combined for just three completions all game long.
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