The Hilliard Bradley High School football team seized control early en route to a 35-7 win over host Delaware on Oct. 27 to complete its first undefeated regular season and clinch the outright OCC-Cardinal Division championship.
The Jaguars improved to 10-0 overall and finished 6-0 in the OCC-Cardinal, winning their second consecutive league championship.
Last season, Bradley went 9-1 in the regular season before losing to Pickerington North 49-21 in the opening round of the Division I playoffs. With the win over the Pacers, the Jaguars clinched a home game for the opening round of the playoffs Nov. 3.
“We wanted to come out, play as a team and do what we needed to do to win,” said wide receiver Kory Taylor, who caught three passes for 102 yards and a touchdown. “We knew coming in that the only way we could lose this game was if we lost focus and beat ourselves. We had to come in ready to play.”
Bradley scored three touchdowns in the first quarter and two more in the second to take a 35-0 lead into halftime. Taylor capped the first-half scoring with a 64-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Josh Stewart with 7 minutes, 16 seconds left in the first half, marking the last series for the Jaguars’ offensive starters.
“It’s awesome,” said Stewart, who completed 11 of 15 passes for 206 yards and three touchdowns. “I’ve never been part of an unbeaten team and it’s good to be able to do that.”
Delaware was held to 6 total yards in the first half, including minus-17 yards rushing on 13 carries. The Pacers finished with 89 yards, including 67 rushing.
Isaiah Moore led Delaware in rushing with 31 yards on nine carries, including a 21-yard touchdown run.
“We were down 35-0 and our guys came and gave us what they had in the second half, which is all you can ask,” said Delaware coach Mike Golden, whose team finished 3-7 overall and 1-5 in the OCC-Cardinal. “Bradley is a good team and can do a lot. They can pass, they can run and their quarterback has a good arm and can also run. They are small defensively, but they are physical. They will be a tough out (in the playoffs).”
Bradley totaled 358 yards in the first half and finished with 434.
Evan Yee led the Jaguars’ ground game with 73 yards on 11 carries. Grant Buehl added 54 yards on eight attempts and Jack Richards had 49 yards and a touchdown on seven carries.
==========Team 1 2 3 4 Final HILLIARD BRADLEY 21 14 0 0 35 DELAWARE
0 0 0 7 7
HB—Stewart 8 run (Castro kick)
HB—Richards 6 run (Castro kick)
HB—Lemmerman 4 pass from Stewart (Castro kick)
HB—Anderson 34 pass from Stewart (Castro kick)
HB—Taylor 54 pass from Stewart (Castro kick)
DE—Moore 21 run (Ruen kick)