Running back Blake Scipio rushed for 283 yards and four touchdowns on 16 carries to lead the Hilliard Bradley High School football team to a 61-7 victory over visiting Delaware in an OCC-Capital Division game on Friday, Oct. 14.
The Jaguars improved to 6-2 overall and 3-2 in the OCC-Capital, while the Pacers dropped to 3-5 and 2-3.
“He had a great game,” Bradley coach Mike LoParo said of Scipio. “He’s real tough (for opposing defenses) to deal with. He has the best hips I’ve ever seen from the kids I’ve coached. He’s so shifty. You rarely ever see him get tackled straight on by anybody because he has such a great use of his hips and lower body.”
Scipio helped the Jaguars get on the board early, carrying the ball four times for 58 yards on Bradley’s opening possession. The drive culminated with a 2-yard touchdown run by Scipio with 6 minutes, 49 seconds left in the opening quarter.
“It’s our offensive line,” Scipio said of his running success. “The holes are there. All we have to do is run. The linemen do the dirty work.”
The win keeps Bradley in the Division I playoff hunt.
“Every week is a playoff for us,” LoParo said. “Our kids know that and we know that. We are going to do everything we can to win each game the rest of the way and worry about (the playoffs) when it happens.”
“It’s definitely in the back of everyone’s minds,” Scipio said of the playoffs. “We are good right now. We have places that we could definitely improve. We’re still working to be a great team.”
The Jaguars amassed 546 yards rushing against the Pacers. Terell Stanford added 116 yards and a touchdown on four carries.
Walid Abdel-Jabbar and Chad Reep also scored touchdowns for Bradley.
“We’re clicking,” LoParo said. “We’re starting to get back on track.”
The Pacers, who lost their third consecutive game, played without their top offensive threat in wide receiver Matt Bingaya, who was out with a leg injury. C.J. Wade led the Pacers with 98 yards rushing on 14 carries.
“It’s not real tricky when you get down to it,” Delaware coach Zebb Schroeder said of his team’s defensive performance against Bradley. “You have to take care of everybody’s gap. Chances are, you have one guy here or there and that gives an offense like that the chance to exploit. (Bradley) did a nice job of executing.”
LoParo, who coached Delaware the past three seasons, approached the game like any other on the schedule.
“There was a little bit of excitement, a little buzz this week,” LoParo said. “We told our kids this is about them. It’s not about us and we need to go out and do what we do.”
DELAWARE 0 0 7 0 -- 7
HILLIARD BRADLEY 14 19 14 7 -- 61
HB--Scipio 4 run (Gates kick)
HB--Stanford 59 run (Gates kick)
HB--Klein 26 pass from Driscoll (Gates kick)
HB--Scipio 22 run (run failed)
HB--Abdel-Jabbar 1 run (kick failed)
HB--Scipio 2 run (Gates kick)
HB--Scipio 28 run (Gates kick)
D--Wade 10 pass from Rafeld (Sanfillipo kick)
HB--Reep 4 run (Gates kick)
HB--Martin 1 run (Gates kick)