After a 17-play drive produced a touchdown late in the first quarter, the Hilliard Bradley High School football team reverted back to form, using quick strikes to dissect visiting Delaware in a 49-0 win on Oct. 26.

The Jaguars improved to 9-1 overall to clinch their third consecutive Division I, Region 3 playoff berth and finished 7-0 in the OCC-Cardinal Division to win their second outright league title in a row.

Bradley, which has won three consecutive league championships overall, also thwarted the Division I, Region 2 playoff hopes of the Pacers, who finished 6-4 overall and 3-4 in the league.

“Given the rain and conditions and entering the playoffs, we wanted to start the game working on our rushing game,” Bradley coach Mike LoParo said. “Once we proved we could do that and gained confidence, we wanted to get some quick scores and get our guys out of the game to make sure we stay healthy.”

The Jaguars took advantage of three turnovers by the Pacers and had scoring drives of two plays, one play, three plays, three plays and three plays.

Bradley running back Jack Richards rushed for 96 of his 112 yards and all four of his touchdowns in the first half and quarterback Griffin Veil passed for 231 yards and two touchdowns, completing 10 of 17 pass attempts, all in the first half. Jack Duffer caught both of those Veil’s touchdown passes and had five receptions for 124 yards in the first half.

“We were hitting on all cylinders,” Veil said. “Our offensive line and all of our receivers were making plays and Jack had a great game. On defense, those guys were playing lights out, too. It was nice to have a dominant win going into the playoffs.”

Richards didn’t mind the extra work.

“Our receivers were making big plays to get down there and I was just the clean-up man to finish off those drives,” Richards said. “It was a fun night.”

Bradley’s defense also shined in the first half, forcing three turnovers and limiting the Pacers to just 34 total yards. Delaware managed just two first downs on its eight possessions.

“Things kind of snowballed on us, but it was a good season and a lot of good things happened,” Delaware coach Scott Wetzel said. “Unfortunately, when it rains, it pours, and tonight it poured.”

Warren Clasen rushed for 58 yards to lead the Pacers, who finished with 142 total yards, compared to 330 for Bradley.

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Team 1 2 3 4 Final DELAWARE HAYES 0 0 0 0 0 HILLIARD BRADLEY
14 28 0 7 49

HB—Richards 3 run (Banda kick)

HB—Richards 1 run (Banda kick)

HB—Duffer 14 pass from Veil (Banda kick)

HB—Duffer 60 pass from Veil (Banda kick)

HB—Richards 11 run (Banda kick)

HB—Richards 1 run (Banda kick)

HB—Yee 1 run (Altero kick)