The Hilliard Bradley High School football team came from behind three times to defeat visiting Dublin Scioto 34-28 in overtime in a key OCC-Cardinal Division matchup Oct. 25.
Senior running back T. J. Martin carried four times for 20 yards in the Jaguars’ overtime possession, including a 7-yard run up the middle for the game-winner.
Martin finished with 130 yards on 20 carries for Bradley, which improved to 6-3 overall and 5-1 in league play. Bradley had entered the game ranked 12th in Division II, Region 5.
“I told him before the overtime started that he was our big horse and we were going to ride him,” Bradley coach Mike LoParo said.
Jaguars defensive back Daniel Tepe had ended Scioto’s overtime possession when he intercepted Irish quarterback Nathan Densel in the end zone.
Martin ran for a 3-yard touchdown with just over four minutes remaining in regulation to tie the game at 28, and he added an 8-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
Scioto — which had entered the game ranked 6th in Division II, Region 5 — dropped to 5-4 overall and 3-3 in the league.
The Irish were led by Darius McDonald, who returned the opening kickoff 89 yards to put Scioto ahead 7-0. He also had a 39-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter to give the Irish a 14-7 lead.
McDonald finished with 143 yards rushing on 20 carries.
Bradley quarterback Tommy Horn ran for 99 yards on 21 carries, and he was 8-for-10 passing for 70 yards.
The Irish led 21-7 midway through the second quarter, but Bradley scored twice on short runs by Chris Wall, who tied the game at 21-all with a 1-yard run late in the third quarter.
Scioto’s Elijah Berry scored on a 4-yard run to give his team a 28-21 lead on the last play of the third quarter.
In overtime, Scioto got the ball first, converted a fourth-and-10 play, and drove to Bradley’s 6-yard line before the interception.
“Our kids worked hard and played hard,” Scioto coach Karl Johnson said. “That was a good football game. In the fourth quarter, we got a fourth-down stop when we needed it, but couldn’t get a first down.”
Bradley held Scioto to 227 total yards of offense, including only 70 in the second half.
“Scioto hurt us early, but our defense rose up,” LoParo said. “Our defense made some big stops and that’s a credit to the coaching staff and to the kids.”
DS – McDonald 89 kickoff return (Wallace kick)
HB – Martin 8 run (Ireland kick)
DS – McDonald 39 run (Wallace kick)
DS – Berry 1 run (Wallace kick)
HB – Wall 1 run (pass failed)
HB – Wall 1 run (Wall pass from Horn)
DS – Berry 4 run (Wallace kick)
HB – Martin 3 run (Ireland kick)
HB – Martin 7 run (no extra point attempted)