Christian Brett returned a punt 81 yards, caught five passes for 90 yards and a touchdown and scored on a 70-yard kickoff return to lead the Olentangy High School football team to a 40-24 win over host Big Walnut on Sept. 14 in the OCC-Capital Division opener.
“(Big Walnut) got some big plays,” Braves coach Ed Terwilliger said. “They hit and we hit. I have a tremendous amount of respect for them. But I’ve got to give credit to our kids.”
Quarterback Andrew Horstman connected with Brett for a 45-yard touchdown with 9 minutes, 43 seconds to play in the first quarter to give Olentangy (4-0) a 7-0 lead. The Golden Eagles (2-2) answered eight minutes later when quarterback Carson Chatterton found wide receiver Seth Myers over the middle for a 15-yard score.
After Brett’s kickoff return for a touchdown, Big Walnut tied the game at 14 on the last play of the first quarter when Chatterton found an open Adam Shaheen for a 25-yard touchdown.
Josh Baumbach gave the Braves a 17-14 lead with a 29-yard field goal with less than a minute to play in the first half.
The Braves intercepted Chatterton on three consecutive possessions in the fourth quarter, one each by Ramal Iverson, Griffin Binkley and Tim Feasel, with two leading to scores.
“At the end, we got great pressure on their quarterback and that helped us,” Terwilliger said.
It was the 48th meeting between the teams. With the victory, Olentangy evened the all-time record at 24 wins each.
Olentangy is undefeated through four games for the first time since 2008, the last time it made the postseason, losing to Sylvania Southview 28-14 in the first round of the Division II, Region 6 playoffs.
O -- Ch. Brett 45 pass from Horstman (Baumbach kick)
BW -- Myers 15 pass from Chatterton (Satterfield kick)
O -- Ch. Brett 70 kickoff return (Baumbach kick)
BW -- Shaheen 25 pass from Chatterton (Satterfield kick)
O -- Baumbach 29 FG
O -- Baumbach 28 FG
BW -- Chatterton 1 run (Satterfield kick)
BW -- Clark 22 FG
O -- Hunter 6 run (Baumbach kick)
O -- Hartline 2 run (Baumbach kick)
O -- Horstman 9 run (kick blocked)