Football | Fall Sports | Bishop Watterson

Victory, Tradition, Consistency

Schedule and Results

Dan Bjelac, Head Coach(614)

Weightlifting/Quickness/Running for all candidates, Grades 9-12: Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday starting Monday, June 8. Choose from one of two lifting sessions, Session I, 9:00 a.m.- Noon and Session II, 2:00-5:00 BWHS. Bring football cleats for all lifting, camp and practice days.

Camp –  Fri., July 24 6:00-8:30 p.m. and Mon., July 27 through Thurs., July 30, 6:30 p.m.
-8:30 pm. Pre-Season Conditioning and camp for all candidates-Grades 9-12:Mondays, Wednesday and Friday, Mon. July 6 through Wed, July 22 6:30-7:20 p.m. at BWHS.
Mandatory Practice Begins:
Saturday, August 1, 8:00-10:30 a.m. Freshmen are encouraged to attend preseason conditioning as well as camp. Any questions contact Coach Bjelac, listed above, or Freshman Coach Zach Hollis at (614) 314-0971 or e-mail Please register on “final forms.”

Football Moms' Practice 7/18/15

John Pirrmann has signed to play football at Harvard University. more

All District - Michael Harper and John Pirrmann
All CCL - Danny Alu, Tyler Bair, Matt Froehle, Jack Haley, Alex Loscko and Sam Maglicic

Map to Football Field - (Hagely Field - Old North High School) 100 Arcadia Avenue Columbus, 43202

Row 1:
Stephen Golonka
Michael Harper
Alex Loscko
Sam Maglicic
Matt Froehle
Jack Haley
John Pirrmann
Ben Kaminski
Alex Hawkins
Danny Alu
Teddy Walter
Tyler Bair
Adam Entler

Row 2:
Chase Towns
Adam Gilles
Jacob Winters
Michael Schweitzer
Dylan Murphy
Brian Davidson
Hunter Spencer
Collin Ruegg
Luke Nutter
Stephen Markos
Sam Lewis
Matthew Kent
Joel Silleck
Matt Clark
Row 3:
Hayden Paul
Connor Busch
Nick Giesler
Chris Carter
Dylan Hummer
Donovan Kelly
Andy Cotter
Jack Yersavich
Michael Auddino
Nik Wilimitis
David Savely
Will Davis
Al Erney
John Britt
Max Holcomb

Row 4:
Makala Petersen
Carla Auber
Connor Hoyng
J.C. Mautino
Jack Best
Ricky Alvarado
Max Bratka
Michael Troutman
Will Fortkamp
Sam Furrer
Ethan Bogan
Adam Kasun
Michael Massinople
Sam Scully
Anthony Mershad
Nick Bowen
Jessie Graf
Maria Santa-Emma

Row 5:
Leonard Mills
Jim Rayl
John Wallace
Zach Hollis
Dan Forson
Dan Bjelac
Jack Poppe
Melanie Smith
Gina Greenhalgh
Makaela O’Reilly
Madison Eagle
Pauline Carroll
Erick Boucher
Ted Wierzbicki
Ron Benjamin
Zach Krajkowski
Brian Mong
Marc Graf
Nippy Prease

Row 1: Holden Jones, Kyle Simmonds, Frank Jobko, Charlie Spencer, Jacob Bruening, Nick DePalma, Riley Fortkamp, Nick Stevenson, Perry Finnegan, Joe Quinn Row 2: Thomas Clark, Nate Meyer, Kyle Naderhoff, Colin Murphy, Mitchell Kubic, Connor Whitacre, Cade George, Ethan Siegel, Evan Markos, Kyle Wilgus Row 3: Dominic Elmo, Jacob Passino, Casey Calhoun, Connor Calhoun, Paul Hamlett, Luther Claytor, Billy Minadeo, Cameron Headlee, Cole Andrews, Shane Merklin, Jacob Wakefield Row 4: David Butz, Carson Peck, Jack Frecker, Cort Marbaugh, Robbie Seipel, Eric Entler, Joey Decaminada III, Nathan Altier, Jacob Zerkle, Thomas Zerkle Row 5: Asst. Coach Dominic Clegg, Asst. Coach Phil Rasor, Head Coach Brian Kennedy, Asst. Coach Nippy Prease, Asst. Coach Shawn Dean Not Pictured: Asst. Coach Shawn O’Reilly

2013 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 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 2014 – Details Watterson’s record against each opponent

·  Coaching Records Thru 2014 – Summarizes the overall record of each of Watterson’s 8 coaches

·  Records By Year Thru 2014 – Details each team’s record & score, by year, from 1956 through 2014 including championships won

· Season Records & Scores Thru 2014 – Details each team’s schedule by date, opponent and score

· Team Series Thru 2014 – Details each opponent, by score, as well as, the series record

· BWHS vs. DeSales Thru 2014 – Details the score of each game Watterson has played against DeSales

· BWHS vs. Hartley Thru 2014 – Details the score of each game Watterson has played against Hartley

· BWHS vs. Ready Thru 2014 – Details the score of each game Watterson has played against Ready

· BWHS vs. St. Charles Thru 2014 – Details the score of each game Watterson has played against St. Charles

· The Game – BWHS vs. DeSales Thru 2014 – Article covering the Watterson / DeSales rivalry

· Playoff Record Thru 2014 – Details the score of every playoff game from 1972 through 2014

Coaching Staff
Row 1: Zach Hollis, Zach Krajkowski, Ted Wierzbicki, Marc Graf, Dan Bjelac, Dominic Clegg, Phil Rasor, Jack Poppe
Row 2: Erick Boucher, Brian Mong, Leonard Mills, Brian Kennedy, John Wallace, Dan Forson, Ron Benjamin, Jim Rayl, Shawn Dean, Nippy Prease, Shawn O’Reilly