Westerville Central quarterback Cody Kondas completed 10 of 16 passes for 163 yards and rushed for 74 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries as the Warhawks earned their first victory over Big Walnut, winning 27-16 on Aug. 27.
"It's the first time we've ever beaten them," Kondas said. "Nobody gave us any (chance) this time, either. Everyone expected us to lose once again. But we played all four quarters and did everything we practiced all summer and we got the job done."
Central led 14-10 at halftime and stretched its lead to 21-10 with 7 minutes, 10 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter on a 19-yard run by Kondas. Big Walnut made it 21-16 on the ensuing possession on a 60-yard pass from quarterback Tyler Beam to wide receiver Jordan Stimmel.
Central responded on its next possession with a 21-yard touchdown pass from Kondas to Shawver with 3:50 left to go ahead 27-16. Big Walnut did not threaten to score again.
Big Walnut opened the scoring with a 52-yard run by Beam with 35 seconds left in the first quarter. Central tied the game at 7 when Kondas connected with Shawver on a 10-yard touchdown pass with 5:00 left in the second quarter.
Big Walnut went ahead 10-7 on a 31-yard field goal by Corey Gibson with 2:33 left in the second quarter, but Central responded with a 5-yard touchdown run by Kondas with 29 seconds left in the half.
Other top performances from Week 1:Ross Franklin, Johnstown: The junior rushed for 327 yards and six touchdowns in a 39-28 victory over Granville. Brenden Kemp, Watkins Memorial: The junior rushed for 180 yards and three touchdowns in a 51-21 victory over Licking Heights. Tyler Grassman, Gahanna: The senior threw a touchdown pass, caught one and rushed for a score as the Lions defeated DeSales 31-14. He also had a field goal and four extra points. Gary Brown, Westerville South: The junior caught seven passes for 138 yards and three touchdowns in a 47-18 victory over Groveport. Aaron Williams, Hamilton Township: The freshman returned two punts for touchdowns in the fourth as the Rangers rallied from a 23-7 deficit to beat Chillicothe 27-23.