The Big Walnut High School football team lost to visiting Chillicothe 24-20 last Friday in a contest that started an hour late because of bad weather and featured four lead changes.

"We were handled up front," coach Scott Wetzel said. "We didn't tackle very well and we didn't block very well. We didn't deserve to win.

"I think our inexperience really showed in a lot of areas. I think they did a good job exploiting it."

The Golden Eagles, who dropped to 1-1, took a 20-17 lead on the first play of the fourth quarter when quarterback Jordan DeWitt scored on a 1-yard run. The extra point attempt by A.J. Fleak was blocked.

Chillicothe, which improved to 1-1, scored the winning touchdown on a 3-yard run by running back Eric Young with 3 minutes, 20 seconds left, capping a six-play, 53-yard drive.

Cavaliers linebacker Alex Grow helped set up the score as he intercepted quarterback Jordan DeWitt and returned the ball 22 yards to the Cavaliers' 47.

Big Walnut turned the ball over on downs on the ensuing possession and the Cavaliers ran out the clock.

Chillicothe took a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter on an 8-yard run by quarterback Caleb Knights. Big Walnut tied the game at 7 early in the second quarter on a 15-yard touchdown pass from DeWitt to wide receiver Nick Heiden. The score was set up by on 46-yard run by wide receiver Eugene Cannaday on a lateral.

The Golden Eagles took a 14-7 lead late in the second quarter on a 38-yard run by Cannaday on a reverse. The score was set up by an interception by cornerback Brad Beltram.
Big Walnut re-took the lead with 11:57 left in the fourth quarter on a 1-yard run by DeWitt. The score was set up by a 38-yard pass from DeWitt to wide receiver Bret Myers.