"That's Davidson football."
"That's Davidson football."
That was the way both sides described the outcome of the first meeting between the Hilliard Bradley and Davidson high school football programs Sept. 11.
The Wildcats controlled the time of possession, including a 16-play, 61-yard touchdown drive that took more than seven minutes off the clock, in their 20-0 win over the host Jaguars.
"That's Davidson football," said Bradley coach Mike LoParo, whose team dropped to 2-1. "That's what they do.
"They have multiple (Division I) state championships (2006 and 2009), and those kids buy into what they are doing. They come out and look the same every year. You really have to give them credit."
Running back Ryan Royer led the Wildcats' option offense by rushing for 110 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries. His 2-yard touchdown run capped the 16-play drive.
"That's Davidson football," Royer said. "We love those drives. It's what we're all about."
In their previous game, the Wildcats were beaten by a mirror image of themselves in Darby, which used long, methodical drives to earn a 15-10 victory Sept. 4. They went back to basics against Bradley.
"Coming off losing to Darby, we couldn't have two losses in a row and two losses to the other Hilliard schools," Davidson quarterback Jack Klein said. "We came out and were definitely trying to prove something."
Klein rushed for 94 yards on 19 carries and was 3-for-4 passing for 57 yards against the Jaguars.
"We had the ball more than 35 minutes against Bradley, which is what we want to do," Davidson coach Brian White said.
The rainy weather played a role in the success of the Wildcats' running game and added to the difficulties of Bradley's spread passing game. The Jaguars, who implemented a full-throttle, spread passing attack during the offseason, were held without a first down in the opening half and were limited to 10 total yards in the first two quarters. They managed just 82 total yards against Davidson.
"(The Wildcats) just played a base defense against us, but they are so well-coached, so disciplined," LoParo said. "That's Davidson football."
The Wildcats will play a third consecutive rivalry game Friday, Sept. 18, at home against Dublin Coffman to begin OCC-Central Division play.
"We're kind of like everyone's rival," White said. "We just have to work hard and be ready to play every week, whether it's against Darby, Bradley, Coffman or (Olentangy) Liberty."
Royer said Davidson came out against Bradley with a bounce in its step.
"This is the first time we have played (Bradley), so that added a little more to it," he said. "We have a tough schedule and we have to be ready every week."
Bradley begins OCC-Cardinal play Friday, Sept. 18, at home against Dublin Jerome. LoParo said the Jaguars had several takeaways from their first loss of the season, including the demeanor of their opponent.
"You aspire for your program to play like (Davidson did)," he said.