The Big Walnut High School football team will play host to a St. Charles squad on Friday, Sept. 9, that is adjusting to life without one of its standout players in Davionn Johnson.

The Big Walnut High School football team will play host to a St. Charles squad on Friday, Sept. 9, that is adjusting to life without one of its standout players in Davionn Johnson.

Johnson, a senior running back, wide receiver and defensive back, suffered a broken hand on the opening kickoff in the Cardinals' 26-14 loss to Upper Arlington on Aug. 26. He was scheduled to undergo surgery and is out indefinitely.

Johnson was named first-team all-state and all-district in Division II last season as a defensive back, where he had 70 tackles and seven interceptions, returning two for touchdowns.

St. Charles, which lost to Reynoldsburg 30-0on Sept. 2, also has been adjusting to new schemes under first-year coach Bob Jacoby. The Cardinals returned seven starters on offense and eight in their 4-3 defense, including linebackers Ian Klinger, Kevin Leary and Greg Scarpitti.

St. Charles has beaten Big Walnut each of the last three seasons, including 31-16 last year.

The Golden Eagles, wholost to Worthington Kilbourne 38-14on Sept. 2, opened the season with a 35-7 loss to Mansfield Senior on Aug. 26.

Running back Brian Benson, a third-year starter for the Tygers, rushed for 174 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries. He needed just 306 yards to become Mansfield Senior's career rushing leader.

Big Walnut was outgained 423-213 in total yards.

Running back David Hunt scored on a 6-yard run in the second quarter for the Golden Eagles and finished with 69 yards on 13 carries. Running back Evan Garcia added 55 yards on 14 carries.

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