Ted Wierzbicki knows what he likes from an offense and the Hilliard Bradley High School football coach hopes he sees it Friday when the Jaguars play host to Columbus West in the program's inaugural game.

Ted Wierzbicki knows what he likes from an offense and the Hilliard Bradley High School football coach hopes he sees it Friday when the Jaguars play host to Columbus West in the program's inaugural game.

The only problem is that the Bradley defense will be facing that juggernaut of an offense.

Wierzbicki is impressed by West senior quarterback Eric Stewart, who has thrown for more than 5,000 yards in the past two seasons, and running back Jonathan Parks, a transfer from Franklin Heights.

"They have a quarterback who is one of the best in central Ohio. He throws a nice, tight spiral and can do a lot of things," Wierzbicki said. "And their running back, who I think is a transfer from Franklin Heights, is one of the best I've seen in the area. He kind of reminds me of (current New Orleans Saints running back) Reggie Bush. He's shifty and hard to bring down. If we had a running back like that, we'd hand off to him on every play."

West finished 2-8 last season in a pass-first offense. However, since getting transfers following the failure of the South-Western City Schools' levy, the Cowboys have added depth in the skill positions and bulk to the line, including 6-foot-1, 240-pound junior two-way player Jimmy Ross from Franklin Heights.

Parks and Westland transfer Reggie Mclain will join junior Dejaun Tannihill in the backfield.

"They have a lot of speed for us to contend with and one of the strengths of a City League team is the way they can stretch the field with speed," Bradley defensive coordinator Mike Sciarroni said. "We have to try not to let anyone get behind us into the defensive backfield.

"Hopefully we can find someone running the wrong route or we can force him to run out of a route and we can make a play."

The Jaguars still have not settled on a backfield in their multiple-spread offense. Wierzbicki said junior Derek Tieman and sophomore Conor Driscoll have been competing to be the quarterback and three players -- junior Jeffie Johnson and sophomores Terell Stanford and Blair Wolcott -- will rotate at running back.

"Right now we have two kids playing at quarterback and both are doing a great job," Wierz-bicki said. "We have three rotating in at running back with Jeffie Johnson, Terell Stanford and Blair Wolcott. And those guys are doing a great job, so we might just keep that rotation going."

Sciarroni said the 4-4 defense is looking for consistency, something he did not see last Friday in a scrimmage against Dayton Belmont.

"We had a couple of three-and-outs (against Dayton Belmont), but then gave up a 17-play drive, and that'll kill you. I don't even remember if they scored, but if they went on a 17-play drive, that's as good as a score," Sciarroni said. "Then we had another three-and-out. We need to develop that consistency."

Sciarroni has been impressed with the play of junior defensive back Markus Bryant and junior Tyrone Ford, who moved exclusively to the defensive line after playing on both sides of the ball.

"Tyrone Ford has really picked up some consistency on the defense after moving over from offense," Sciarroni said. "And Markus Bryant has really been a great leader on our scout team and has worked hard to help us get better."

But Wierzbicki knows that the opener will be more than a game. It's the christening of a new program at a new school.

"We've been waiting for this moment since December and the kids have been working hard and doing a great job," he said. "We can't wait to get it started. I think the atmosphere will be awesome to both coach in and play in.

"We're going to start a long-lasting tradition at Hilliard Bradley High School on Friday. It's going to be great for the players, the cheerleaders, the band and the fans. It's going to be something special."