Its record aside, Hilliard Darby High School football coach John Santagata needed to watch only a few minutes of game film to know this week's opponent, Westerville North, has improved quite a bit since last season.
Coach Mark Hundley and his Dublin Jerome High School football team got an extra week of preparation for their OCC-Cardinal Division opener.
The Celtics picked up a 41-0 victory Sept. 13 over Delaware, which runs an offense similar to that of Hilliard Bradley.
"(The Jaguars) run some option like these guys do (at Delaware), so luckily this might be a little tune-up for us to play that assignment football," said Hundley, whose team travels to Bradley on Friday, Sept. 20. "We absolutely look forward to league play.
"I told the team (this) week might be a little tougher. (The Jaguars opened with) two tough games (losing 21-7 to Marysville on Aug. 30 and 33-21 to Reynoldsburg on Sept. 5), and even though they (started) 0-2, we'd better get ready."
The Jaguars started the season with an I-formation offense, but shifted back to a spread-option look the next week. That scheme started to work with fluidity in a 44-0 win at Olentangy Orange on Sept. 13. Bradley had 421 total yards, including 384 rushing. Junior slotback Trey Anderson ran for 104 yards on two carries, with a 62-yard touchdown, and senior running back T.J. Martin had 86 yards and two scores on 18 attempts. Senior quarterback Tommy Horn ran for 75 yards on 12 carries and completed 5-for-11 passing for 37 yards.
"We were able to add more to the offense (in the week preparing for Orange)," Bradley coach Mike LoParo said. "We were pretty vanilla offensively (against Reynoldsburg), but we took a step in the right direction."
Senior defensive back Daniel Tepe returned an interception 27 yards for a touchdown against Orange. Senior linebacker Zack Popovec also had an interception and senior defensive back Ryan Reffitt recovered a fumble.
Against Delaware, Jerome had 387 total yards compared to 97 for the Pacers, who had one first down and 24 yards in the first half.
Junior running back Steve Kidwell rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries and sophomore running back Zack Hazelett rushed for 109 yards and one score.
"I know (the Celtics) are good and they come ready to battle," LoParo said.
"They're tough kids who pound you to move the football. We have to be able to get them stopped."
Hundley is ready to lead the Celtics into league play as he tries to keep them from looking too far ahead.
"We take every game as its own separate season," he said. "We started doing that this year because we have too many guys that look so far ahead. We'll enjoy (Friday night), but Saturday that's gone and (the next) Friday is the start of a new season."