The Big Walnut High School football team will take a break from the OCC-Capital schedule as it plays host to Acaster (Ontario) Tonnos Catholic on Friday.

The Golden Eagles are playing a non-league game because the OCC-Capital's eighth team, Hilliard Bradley, will not open until next year, leaving the league with seven teams this year.
Finding an opponent for the sixth week of the season was not easy, with most teams around the state involved in league play. It didn't help that the Golden Eagles won the Division III state championship last year.

"It's hard to find (an opponent) for a week-six non-league game because everybody is in league play," said Wetzel, whose team improved to 3-2 overall and 2-0 in the OCC with a 28-7 victory over Olentangy Orange.

Wetzel extended his search to Canada before finding Tonnos, which is located in a suburb of Hamilton. The Titans apparently jumped at the opportunity to make the roughly six-hour trip to Sunbury.

"From what I've heard, teams from Canada enjoy coming down," Wetzel said. "I guess they like coming here because it's a totally different atmosphere for them. I've heard they play their games at 2 or 4 in the afternoon and usually there's only 25 to 50 people at their games."

Wetzel acknowledges that preparing for Tonnos will be different.

"I really don't know a whole lot about them," he said. "We will have very little scouting on them. Supposedly, they're one of the best teams in the Ontario area, but I don't know much more than that."

The Tonnos players not only will stay at the homes of the Golden Eagles players Thursday night, but will attend school with them

"What's interesting is that it's our homecoming game and I'm sure there will be signs around the school that say 'Beat Bishop Tonnos,' so that will be kind of weird," Wetzel said. "It will be a different experience having them stay with our players, but I think it's all good."

Though neither team will know much about the other, Wetzel believes his team will have one advantage.

"Some of their rules are a little different than ours," he said. "They will have to adapt to our rules, which I think, obviously, is a big advantage for us."

In all but one Canadian province, high-school football follows Canadian Football League rules. The exception is British Columbia, which follows American rules.

The biggest differences between Canadian and American football are the number of players a team is allowed to have on the field at any one time and the dimensions of the field. Under CFL rules, a team can have 12 players on the field at the same time and the field is 150 yards long and 65 yards wide, or 30 yards longer and 12 yards wider than an American field.

Another major difference is that under CFL rules a team has three downs in which to advance the ball 10 yards compared to four under American rules.