The WarEagle Trophy will be on the line when the Big Walnut High School football team plays host to Westerville Central on Friday, Aug. 24.

The WarEagle Trophy will be on the line when the Big Walnut High School football team plays host to Westerville Central on Friday, Aug. 24.

The Golden Eagles lead the series 8-1, with Central winning 27-16 last season en route to an 8-3 record and its first playoff berth. The Warhawks lost to Gahanna 38-21 in the first round of the Division I, Region 3 playoffs.

Big Walnut finished 9-3 last season, losing to Marion-Franklin 44-17 in a Division II, Region 7 semifinal.

The Golden Eagles and Warhawks are not scheduled to play each other next season.

"This will be my fourth time facing them," Central coach John Magistro said. "I know what they're all about. They have a lot of pride and tradition. They live off of that. You just know when you play them that you better be ready to play 48 minutes because that is how they play."

For Big Walnut, senior Carson Chatterton (6-foot-2, 180 pounds) has taken over at quarterback, replacing 2012 graduate Tyler Beam. The Golden Eagles' offense also is expected to feature senior Alex Clark (5-11, 175) at fullback and seniors Gabe Kitchen (6-2, 170) and Seth Myers (6-3, 185) at wide receiver.

Senior Julian Simon (6-2, 255) should anchor the offensive line.

On defense, Big Walnut is led by junior Austin Crow (6-1, 200) on the line, junior Alec Eisnnicher (5-11, 170) and Chatterton at linebacker and Myers in the secondary.

Central also will have a new look at quarterback, as junior Jared Drake (6-1, 205), a transfer from Upper Arlington, is expected to replace 2012 graduate Cody Kondas and direct the spread offense.

The Warhawks also will utilize an I-formation scheme.

Central's backfield includes senior Mohammed Sankoh (6-1, 222) and juniors Alex Fisher (5-8, 215) and Adam Lowe (5-7, 200).

The Warhawks' defense is expected to be led by senior John Whitman (6-2, 255) and junior Isayah Walker (5-8, 235) on the line and Sankoh and senior Taribo Osuobeni (6-0, 180) at linebacker.

"We have to be ready to play every game, every play, especially against a team like Westerville Central," Big Walnut coach Joe Weaver said. "They're chock-full of talent and size. Coach Magistro is a great football coach and he knows what he's doing. He puts those kids in good spots to be successful. They're going to be a tough football team throughout the season for anybody who plays them."