The Hilliard Bradley High School football team sent out its seniors with a victory, as the Jaguars defeated visiting Watkins Memorial 29-21 behind a strong performance from senior quarterback Conor Driscoll and senior running backs Blake Scipio and Terell Stanford on Friday, Oct. 28.
Scipio had 245 yards on 29 carries with three touchdowns and Stanford had 74 yards on 13 rushes with one touchdown. Scipio’s scores came on runs of 5, 8 and 63 yards. Driscoll finished 6-for-12 passing for 89 yards with an interception, but had two key 18-yard completions that kept touchdown drives alive.
“(Scipio and Stanford) have been our catalysts all year,” said Bradley coach Mike LoParo, whose team finished 7-3 overall and 4-3 in the OCC-Capital Division to post its first winning record in the school’s third year. “They’ve been our 1-2 punch, even on defense. We got a great game out of all our seniors and they stepped up to the challenge and took care of things when it counted. Our seniors left a legacy that our underclassmen are going to have to reach for. Hopefully there are many more winning season to come.”
Late in the fourth quarter the Warriors closed to within 29-14 when Ron Carruthers-Kimball returned a fumble 57 yards for a touchdown, then recovered an onside kick with just over four minutes remaining and got an 8-yard touchdown run from junior Brenden Kemp to make it 29-21.
Watkins Memorial then attempted another onside kick, but recovered it out of bounds.
“We talked to the kids about playing hard,” said Watkins Memorial Jeff Severino, whose team finished 4-6 overall and 2-5 in the league. “We knew their offense was very explosive. We had to stop them and our kids never gave up and they played hard. Our defense gave us some plays at the end of the game that helped us out. We tell our kids to keep fighting and fighting and something good is going to happen.”
Defensively, Bradley had two sacks by junior linebacker C.J. Wall and senior defensive lineman Mickey Bivens.
The Warriors scored first as senior Evan Din intercepted Driscoll on the Jaguars’ opening drive. The 33-yard return set up a 51-yard touchdown run by Carruthers-Kimball.
Leading the way for the Warriors was Kemp, who had 99 yards on 15 carries and the touchdown run. Senior quarterback Jake Hopson was 4-for-9 passing for 53 yards.
“Brenden is a heck of a running back. I’m glad he’s only a junior. He’s going to be a good one,” Severino said.
WATKINS MEMORIAL 7 0 0 14 -- 21
HILLIARD BRADLEY 7 14 8 0 -- 29
WM--Carruthers-Kimball 51 run (Lyon kick)
HB--Scipio 5 run (Gates kick)
HB--Stanford 18 run (Gates kick)
HB--Scipio 8 run (Gates kick)
HB--Scipio 63 run (Driscoll run)
WM--Carruthers-Kimball 57 fumble return (Lyon kick)
WM--Kemp 8 run (Lyon kick)