The Hilliard Bradley High School football team used an opportunistic defense Sept. 20 in its OCC-Cardinal Division opener.
The Jaguars forced four turnovers leading to two touchdowns in a 20-0 win over visiting Dublin Jerome.
The teams had a 50-minute lightning delay with 10 minutes, 59 seconds left in the second quarter with Bradley leading 6-0.
“That was a game of field position, especially with the rain early,” said Bradley coach Mike LoParo, whose team improved 2-2 overall. “We were able to take advantage of their muffed punt and score and then got the ball near midfield and scored again.”
Jerome’s Tommy Keller fumbled the punt snap, and the Jaguars recovered on the Jerome 4-yard line. One play later, sophomore running back Chris Wall scored with 11:49 left in the half.
After the delay, senior wide receiver Matt Johnson ran a reverse 41 yards for the score.
Senior defensive back Walker Hamilton helped preserve the shutout and give the Jaguars momentum by intercepting Jerome quarterback Alex Cline in the end zone with 27.7 seconds left in the half.
“When we got down 13 points, we were scraping the rest of the way,” said Jerome coach Mark Hundley, whose team fell to 2-2. “We knew they were coming in at 1-2, but we knew they were a good team. They really came out and played well.”
Bradley senior quarterback Tommy Horn put the game away on a 24-yard touchdown run on fourth down with 5:50 left to play.
Senior running back T.J. Martin ran 18 times for 82 yards and Johnson had five carries for 50 yards. Horn ran for 48 yards in eight carries and was 2-for-4 passing for 44 yards, both receptions going to senior wide receiver Ryan Reffitt.
The Celtics were led in rushing by junior running back Steve Kidwell, who had 75 yards on eight carries in the first half but was on crutches during the second half.
Cline was 3-for-17 passing for 47 yards and an interception. Senior running back Louis Torchio added 60 yards rushing on seven carries.
B -- Wall 4 run (kick failed)
B -- Johnson 41 run (Ireland kick)
B -- Horn 24 run (Ireland kick)