The Hilliard Bradley High School football team rolled to a 63-21 win over visiting Worthington Kilbourne on Oct. 19 to remain unbeaten, as everything clicked for the Jaguars’ offense.
“There’s always things we can find to work on,” said Bradley coach Mike LoParo, whose team improved to 9-0 overall and 5-0 in the OCC-Cardinal Division. “For instance, special teams; we gave up a touchdown on that kickoff return. We also had a few penalties that helped them in their first touchdown drive. The second one came against subs, but we can always find something.”
Bradley punted on its first possession but scored touchdowns on its next seven possessions en route to building a 49-14 halftime lead. The Jaguars tacked on touchdowns on their first two possessions of the second half.
The quick-strike Jaguars don’t usually need much help on offense, but the Wolves aided them with a pair of early turnovers.
After Bradley took a 7-0 lead on a 5-yard touchdown run by Jack Richards, Patrick Day intercepted Kilbourne quarterback Grayson Timms and returned the ball 28 yards to the Wolves’ 8, setting up a 1-yard touchdown run by Grant Buehl.
The Wolves fumbled on their next play from scrimmage and Bradley’s Adam McCardle recovered at the Kilbourne 12. Two plays later, quarterback Josh Stewart threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Daevon Anderson for a 21-0 lead.
Stewart played for Kilbourne last year.
“I wasn’t trying to do anything special or prove a point,” said Stewart, who accounted for five touchdowns in the first half. “I still have friends there.”
“We talked about him not trying to prove a point and he was calm, but, boy, did he play great,” LoParo said. “He had a great game and so did Daevon and our running backs.”
After Stewart’s first touchdown pass of the game, Kilbourne’s Elijah Young returned the ensuing kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown, but on the next possession, Stewart capped a five-play, 61-yard drive with a 32-yard touchdown run to give the Jaguars a 28-7 lead late in the first quarter.
“They have too many athletes and too much talent, but I was proud of our guys for playing hard all 48 minutes,” said Kilbourne coach Vince Trombetti, whose team fell to 3-6 overall and 2-3 in the league. “That’s all I asked of them. I was hoping we could compete with them, but that ended early with two turnovers pretty much out of the gate.”
Stewart threw touchdown passes of 48 and 8 yards to Anderson and added a 6-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. He finished 12-for-16 passing for 204 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 51 yards and two scores on seven carries.
Anderson finished with seven catches for 160 yards and three touchdowns, and Richards had 77 yards rushing on nine carries.
Michael McQuade had 28 yards rushing on six carries and two catches for 27 yards and a touchdown to lead Kilbourne. Joey McQuade had two catches for 54 yards, and Timms was 8-for-17 passing for 92 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions.
==========Team 1 2 3 4 Final WORTHINGTON KILBOURNE 7 7 0 7 21 HILLIARD BRADLEY
28 21 14 0 63
HB—Richards 5 run (Castro kick)
HB—Buehl 1 run (Castro kick)
HB—Anderson 15 pass from Stewart (Castro kick)
WK—Young 98 kickoff return (Laudermilch kick)
HB—Stewart 32 run (Castro kick)
HB—Anderson 48 pass from Stewart (Castro kick)
WK—Baker 8 pass from Timms (Laudermilch kick)
HB—Anderson 8 pass from Stewart (Castro kick)
HB—Stewart 6 run (Castro kick)
HB—Veil 25 run (Castro kick)
HB—Yee 1 run (Castro kick)
WK—M. McQuade 21 pass from Wereb (Laudermilch kick)