Hilliard Bradley High School football coach Mike LoParo is one year removed from the challenge faced by Marysville's Morgan Cotter.

Hilliard Bradley High School football coach Mike LoParo is one year removed from the challenge faced by Marysville's Morgan Cotter.

LoParo installed new offensive and defensive systems in his first season leading the Jaguars. Cotter is trying to clear the same hurdles in his first season with the Monarchs.

The teams meet for the first time Friday, Aug. 24, at Bradley.

"I know Morgan really well and he'll do things the right way," said LoParo, whose team finished a program-best 7-3 last season. "They are in the tough situation of installing new systems. With this being our second season, I have found out the learning curve is much different this year than last."

The Jaguars need to replace the program's first 1,000-yard rusher in 2012 graduate Blake Scipio, who ran for 1,356 yards and 16 touchdowns last season. Seniors Eric Bridgett (17 carries, 99 yards) and Matthew Bryant (8 carries, 11 yards, 2 touchdowns) are the top candidates to fill that void. Junior Tommy Horn will make his first start at quarterback behind a veteran line led by senior Fraser Smith (6-foot-2, 225 pounds) and junior Skylar Hartley (6-2, 285).

"Bradley is very good at inside the tackles offensively," Cotter said. "They run a good mix of mid-line veer and then they'll come back and trap you on the inside, so we have to be real sound between the tackles."

Bradley's defense is led by senior linebackers Sam Riggs, Bradley Spelman and C.J. Wall.

Marysville finished 6-4 overall last season. Senior tailback Kody Davisson rushed for 473 yards and five touchdowns through five games but missed the remainder of the season with an ankle injury. Key players on the team's 4-3 base defense are senior defensive end Morgan Miller and junior middle linebacker Austin Pfarr.

"(The Monarchs) are a good football team," LoParo said. "They have physical kids, big kids who are good athletes. We have to keep them corralled."