Hilliard Bradley High School football coach Mike LoParo knows the importance of his team's game Friday, Sept. 13, at Olentangy Orange.
"Obviously, because we're both 0-2, we both need this win in a big, big way," LoParo said. "I don't think there is any lay-down teams on our schedule. It's going to be a tough game again, so we just have to work hard in practice, try to put our best foot forward and try to get that first win."
The game represents the fourth meeting between the programs. Orange won the first three, outscoring the Jaguars 116-14. The Pioneers won 42-0 in 2009, 41-0 in 2010 and 33-14 in 2011 before Bradley moved from the OCC-Capital Division to the OCC-Cardinal.
The contest also marks the home opener for Orange, which lost 25-7 at Olentangy Liberty on Aug. 30 and lost 34-17 on the road against New Philadelphia on Sept. 6. Against the Quakers, running back Jake Bobrowski scored on a 1-yard run and tight end Jake Lewis caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Marco Ventresca. The Pioneers also got a 25-yard field goal from Skyler Siles.
Orange's offense finished with 318 total yards but had only 94 at halftime.
"The score was 34-3 with about eight minutes to play and then we scored a couple of touchdowns off of their second team," Pioneers coach Brian Cross said. "We need to play a more physical game and we need a sense of urgency (earlier in the game)."
Orange's defense struggled to stop the pass and the run, as New Philadelphia quarterback Caleb Beans was 14-for-22 passing for 244 yards and one touchdown and running back Jamal Johnson had 178 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 14 carries.
"Overall, I think that (the Pioneers) are pretty good," LoParo said. "They have some nice players on the offensive side of the ball. Defensively, they are good schematically and they move around with different fronts, making it tough on your offensive line. Their linebackers are pretty active and so are the defensive backs."
Bradley opened with a 21-7 loss to Marysville on Aug. 30 before falling to Reynoldsburg 33-21 on Sept. 5.
Against the Raiders, quarterback Tommy Horn ran for 169 yards and three touchdowns, including a 98-yard score, on 18 carries and was 6-for-16 passing for 76 yards and one interception. Wide receiver Derek Dunnagan had two receptions for 26 yards.
The Jaguars' defense couldn't contain Reynoldsburg running back David Moore, who rushed for 323 yards and four touchdowns on 34 carries.
"(The Jaguars) are a lot better than their record because they have played two talented football teams," Cross said. "I think their quarterback is pretty talented and he has a good offensive line in front of him."