Scott and Tina Pizzurro sat in the stands last Friday overlooking the 50-yard line on the Hilliard Darby High School football field.

Scott and Tina Pizzurro sat in the stands last Friday overlooking the 50-yard line on the Hilliard Darby High School football field.

Just as the family sat at the bisection of the field, they also sat divided in the stands. To the left of midfield, Tina sat with 9-year-old daughter Brianna wearing Bradley black. On the right was Scott and their son Branden, with the 6-year-old snug in a powder blue Darby sweatshirt.

"My kids are going to go to Bradley, but they were Darby before that," Tina said before kickoff in the first meeting of the sister schools. "We're here to see No. 7 for Darby (Nate Bucci), that's who we know."

Bucci, a defensive lineman, wreaked havoc early by sacking Bradley quarterback Derek Tieman for a 5-yard loss on the second play from scrimmage to set the tone in the Panthers' 49-7 win.

"We all started to feel it when we got out on the field," said Darby senior quarterback Matt Allen, who hit senior wide receiver Brad Stimson in stride on a 55-yard touchdown pass with 59 seconds left in the first quarter to give the Panthers a 29-0 lead. "We lost half of our team (to Bradley on the split), so we wanted to go out there and play hard. And that wasn't difficult because the fans were going wild. It was an all-Hilliard atmosphere."

Darby coach John Santagata knew the crowd would be electric before his team took the field.

"Our players were really excited to get out there. I know the kids at school were pretty excited about it," said Santagata, whose team moved to 3-1. "It's always big when you play a team from the same district."

Connor Driscoll was in rotation at quarterback for Bradley. The sophomore started in the same position for the Darby freshman team last season. He hit junior wide receiver Abdul Hamoud with an 18-yard touchdown pass as time expired to account for the only touchdown for the Jaguars.

"We were (second-and-goal) at the (Darby) 1-yard line (with 17 seconds left in the first half) and couldn't get it in," Driscoll said. "You have to be able to get it in when you're that close. (The late score) kind of made up for that."

Driscoll was a little disoriented when he came out for the pregame warm-up.

"Coming here brought back so many memories from playing here," he said. "It was strange being on the other side of the field for a change. It was just really ... different."

John Casey rushed for 126 yards on nine carries with two touchdowns to lead Darby, and Matt Cyrus added 91 yards on 15 carries with four touchdowns. Allen had 82 yards on seven carries.

The game was played because of an opening in both schedules caused by the failure of the South-Western City Schools levy. Darby was supposed to have played Central Crossing and Bradley was to have faced Franklin Heights.

"The atmosphere was great," Bradley coach Ted Wierzbicki said. "We just didn't get going early. I think we had butterflies and it seemed like we were playing scared. But scoring the touchdown was great because it's always good when you score. Still, it came too late and we were still 42 points short."