Soyou think hockey is the only sport played in Canada, eh?

Think again.

As the Big Walnut High School football team can attest, it isn't. The Golden Eagles played host to Ancaster (Ontario) Bishop Tonnos Catholic last Friday in a non-league game and cruised to a 55-7 win.

Bishop Tonnos, which follows Canadian Football League rules back home, had to abide by American rules. Among the rules that the Titans weren't used to - having 11 players instead of 12 on the field, playing on a field which was 30 yards shorter in length and 12 yards shorter in width, having no forward motion and having only player in motion at a time on offense instead of two.

The Titans, however, were allowed to have four downs to move the ball 10 yards instead of three.

"It was an adjustment for them and it was adjustment for us," said Golden Eagles coach Scott Wetzel, whose team improved to 4-2 with its third win in a row. "The only film we had on them was from last year and that's with 12 men on the field. We had no scouting report. We went in pretty blind, but I thought our kids made some nice adjustments during the game."

Big Walnut opened the scoring with an 18-yard run by fullback Buddy Carrel with 37 seconds left in the first quarter. But Bishop Tonnos struck back quickly, as Paul Hart returned the ensuing kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown to tie the game at 7.

Big Walnut took a 14-7 lead midway through the second quarter on a 42-yard touchdown run by Cody Leitner. The 76-yard, seven-play drive was kept alive by a 7-yard run by fullback Seth Dunn on a faked punt on fourth-and-3.

The Golden Eagles extended their lead to 21-7 with 1:15 left in the second quarter on a 7-yard touchdown run by Patrick Daugherty.

Big Walnut scored on its first three possession of the second half and scored a defensive touchdown to blow open the game.

Quarterback Johnny Cannell scored on runs of 8 and 1 yards on Big Walnut's first two possessions in the third quarter before Dunn, who also plays linebacker,recovered a fumble in the end zone with 2:59 left in the quarter to make it 42-7.

Dunn then scored on an 8-yard run on the first play of the fourth quarter before Caleb Garcia closed the scoring with a 3-yard touchdown run.

"We just weren't as ready as the Big Walnut team," said Bishop Tonnos coach Robert Menna, whose team fell to 0-3. "I was so impressed by how well they are coached. They're classy players. They treated us great. I hope our guys take something from this experience, both on the field and off, with the culture and the community. We learned a lot even though the score was pretty lopsided. Our guys will never forget this experience."

Bishop Tonnos arrived in Sunbury on Thursday and joined the Golden Eagles for their team dinner. The Titans players spent that night at the homes of the Golden Eagles players' families and accompanied the players to school Friday.

"(Last) week was kind of the way sports were meant to be in high school," Wetzel said. "It was about sportsmanship and knowing your competition. Not all of the emphasis was on winning. I think it was nice to get a little dose of that."

Not all the news was good for Big Walnut, though. Wide receiver and safety Eugene Cannaday injured his right shoulder in the first half and did not return. His status for the OCC-Capital Division game against Delaware on Friday was not known.