Big Walnut hopes to remain unbeaten in OCC-Capital Division play when it plays host to Hilliard Bradley on Friday, Sept. 30.

Big Walnut hopes to remain unbeaten in OCC-Capital Division play when it plays host to Hilliard Bradley on Friday, Sept. 30.

The Golden Eagles improved to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the OCC-Capital with a 35-34 come-from-behind win over Olentangy Orange on Sept. 24 in a game moved to Ohio Wesleyan's Selby Field after their field was deemed unplayable.

Big Walnut's Joey Johnson blocked an extra-point attempt by Orange's Bryan Schrader with 3 minutes, 26 seconds left in the third quarter with the Pioneers leading 34-21. Quarterback Tyler Beam then connected with Seth Myers on a 16-yard touchdown pass with 10:50 to play and added a 1-yard touchdown run with 4:50 left to tie the game. Corey Gibson then kicked the decisive extra point.

Orange missed a 22-yard field goal with 1:48 remaining.

"They have a traditional running game, but they also spread out and throw a lot," Bradley coach Mike LoParo said of the Golden Eagles, who won 26-10 in last year's meeting. "They have varying formations, they like to run the ball and they are good at that."

Beam sat out a 21-14 win over Watkins Memorial on Sept. 16 because of an ankle injury, but rushed for 72 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries and was 15-for-26 passing for 110 yards and two touchdowns against Orange. He had a hand in all five Big Walnut touchdowns.

Also against Orange, Johnson rushed for 57 yards on 11 carries and Lucas Garcia added 43 yards on 12 carries. Seth Wandling caught five passes for 30 yards and Myers had three receptions for 31 yards.

Bradley improved to 4-1 and 1-1 with a 45-12 win over Franklin Heights on Sept. 23, but lost two-way senior Blake Scipio to a knee injury. His status for the game against Big Walnut was not immediately known.

"We don't think he has an ACL (tear) from what the doctor said. We think it's more of a meniscus tear or a bone bruise," LoParo said of his team's leading rusher. "It might be a torn LCL. We really won't know before getting an MRI (on Sept. 26). Right now, we're calling it a sprained knee."

Scipio scored on a 15-yard run before being injured late in the first quarter. Senior Terell Stanford picked up the slack, scoring on a 42-yard run and catching a 78-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Conor Driscoll.

Driscoll also connected on a 14-yard scoring pass to Steve Breen, who also had a 15-yard touchdown run. The Jaguars also had a safety and Reilly Butz returned the ensuing free kick 60 yards for a score.

"(LoParo) did good things when he was at Delaware and that had carried over (to Bradley)," Big Walnut coach Joe Weaver said. "That's the thing about OCC football - you have to be ready every week. All the teams we play are good and Bradley is a good football team."