Football | Fall Sports | Bishop Watterson

Victory, Tradition, Consistency

Head Coach – Dan Bjelac, (614) 889-6285 or
Weightlifting/Quickness for all candidates-Grades 9-12: Will be every Monday, Wednesday and Friday starting Monday, June 9th. Choose from one of two lifting sessions--Session I, 9:00 to 12:00 and Session II, 2:00 to 5:30 pm. at Watterson. Freshmen may come to either one of the two sessions for lifting and quickness. Bring football cleats for quickness activities.

Camp –Tuesday, June 17h, 6:00 to 8:00 pm. and Thursday, June 26th, 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Pre-Season
Conditioning and camp for all candidates-Grades 9-12: Mondays, Wednesday and Friday, beginning Wed., July 2nd, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Bishop Watterson. Times will vary. Mandatory Practice begins: Friday, August 1st, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. Freshmen are encouraged to attend pre-season condi-tioning as well as camp. Any questions contact Coach Bjelac or Freshmen Coach Brian Kennedy at (614) 270-5496. Please make sure to register on “final forms.” at


Eight Eagles named to the All-Central District Football Team
1st Team Defense: Cody Calhoun, Kyle Fada, Wesley Graham
2nd Team Offense: Alec Greene, Michael Harper
2nd Team Defense: John Bogue
Honorable Mention: Eli Kirk, Ryan Urquhart

2013-2014 Football Schedule click here.


CCL Champions

2013 Football Signing Day
Andy Elberson has committed to playing football at Butler University and Andrew Lorenz has committed to playing football at Ohio Dominican University.  more

In light of the passing of BWHS legend Dick Walker, we would like to share a little about him with you. Mr. Walker was the head coach of our 1966 State Championship team in a game with Upper Arlington that was the first-ever state title game televised in Ohio. As head coach at Bishop Watterson, he compiled a 51-11-3 record over seven seasons. Coach Walker went on to a position as an assistant coach on Woody Hayes' staff at Ohio State (1969-76) before joining the Pittsburgh Steelers. Walker was a member of the Steelers' coaching staff during the Super Bowl years of 1978 and 1979 and later coached in the CFL and at other high schools before retiring.

The Columbus Dispatch reported that Coach Walker, 80, succumbed to complications he suffered in a car accident Las Vegas where he resided. More

Football Regional Quarterfinal Bryan 41 - BWHS 24
Eagles unable to slow down Schimmoeller, Golden Bears - ThisWeek News 11/4/12
Bryan and Watterson are seeded fourth and fifth, respectively, in Division III, Region 10. ThisWeek News 11/1/12
OHSAA bracket,
Results ThisWeek News,   Columbus Dispatch Breaking down by the playoffs
Columbus Dispatch Big plays key for Watterson 27-19 victory over Jonathan Alder
ThisWeek News  Watterson 24, DeSales 21 (3 OT) Eagles edge Stallions in rivalry’s longest games

Watterson 24 | DeSales 21: Watterson holds in triple overtime October 13, 2012

Congratulations to senior football player, Andrew Lorenz, for being selected as the Chris Spielman McDonald's Scholar Athlete of the Week #5.
The Chris Spielman McDonald’s Scholar Athletes of the Week are recognized for athletic ability, academic effort and school citizenship!

Hartley eager for football showdown with Watterson 9/26/12 ThisWeek News
Football at Bishop Watterson is a rallying point of pride for the entire community. With over fifty years of winning teams, four state championships, seven regional championships, 21 state playoff appearances and 29 CCL championships. The team is ranked in the top ten in all time winning percentage at just over 70% in the state of Ohio, and has a storied history that the players carry with them throughout their lives.

Weight lifting starts in January, with Conditioning starting in early July and camp starts in late July and two-a-day practices run through the first 3 weeks of August.

The season runs through the beginning of November, with the final round of playoffs concluding in early December.

Football at Bishop Watterson is more than a sport. It teaches the players about toughness, teamwork, dependability, cooperation, and many more life skills which they will be able to implement in the future.

2010 Div. III Football State Champions

The Game

It’s football season in Columbus, Ohio, so when most people mention “The Game” at this time of year, they are often referring to the annual fall football match-up between The Ohio State University Buckeyes and the University of Michigan Wolverines. However, in the realm of high school football, “The Game” stands for the rivalry that has developed over the years between the Bishop Watterson Eagles and the Stallions of St. Francis DeSales. This annual meeting is an intense high school football contest between two of Columbus’s parochial powerhouses where these neighborhood schools, located a mere 2.8 miles apart, battle it out each year on the gridiron. More

Francis Doyle, Class of 1962, Bishop Watterson Football Statistician.

Click below to view football records compiled by Francis Doyle:


All Opponents Summary Thru 2013 – Details Watterson’s record against each opponent

· Coaching Records Thru 2013 – Summarizes the overall record of each of Watterson’s 8 coaches

· Records By Year Thru 2013 – Details each team’s record & score, by year, from 1956 through 2013 including championships won

· Season Records & Scores Thru 2013 – Details each team’s schedule by date, opponent and score

· Team Series Thru 2013 – Details each opponent, by score, as well as, the series record

· BWHS vs. DeSales Thru 2013 – Details the score of each game Watterson has played against DeSales

· BWHS vs. Hartley Thru 2013 – Details the score of each game Watterson has played against Hartley

· BWHS vs. Ready Thru 2013 – Details the score of each game Watterson has played against Ready

· BWHS vs. St. Charles Thru 2013 – Details the score of each game Watterson has played against St. Charles

· The Game – BWHS vs. DeSales Thru 2013 – Article covering the Watterson / DeSales rivalry

· Playoff Record Thru 2013 – Details the score of every playoff game from 1972 through 2013

Coaching Staff

Dan Bjelac, Head Coach
Mike Roark, Defensive Coordinator
Eric Springer, Running Backs
Ron Benjamin, Receivers & JV Head Coach
Marc Graf, Offensive Line
Darrell Tobin, Defensive Line
Doug Hoover, Outside Linebackers
Jim Rayl, Outside Linebackers
Lenny Mills, Defensive Backs
Shawn Gillete, Linebackers & JV Defensive Coordinator    
Brian Kennedy, Freshman Head Coach
Dave Beckwith, Freshman Defensive Coordinator    
Nippy Prease, Freshman Assistant    
Shawn Dean, Frosh Assistant    
Nick Miller, Frosh Assistant