Quarterback Will Phillis threw a pair of touchdown passes to Kory Taylor in the fourth quarter to lead the Hilliard Bradley High School football team past host Hilliard Darby 24-10 on Oct. 30 in OCC-Cardinal Division play.

Quarterback Will Phillis threw a pair of touchdown passes to Kory Taylor in the fourth quarter to lead the Hilliard Bradley High School football team past host Hilliard Darby 24-10 on Oct. 30 in OCC-Cardinal Division play.

The Jaguars won their first game against Darby, which entered the contest with a 4-0 edge in the series.

Despite the victory, Bradley came up short of its first postseason appearance. The Jaguars finished 22nd in the Division I, Region 2 computer ratings as the top 16 qualified for the playoffs.

Darby clinched a playoff berth in Region 2, finishing 13th, and will play at fourth-seeded Lancaster on Saturday, Nov. 7, in the first round.

The element of surprise paid off for the Jaguars, who finished 7-3 overall and 5-2 in the OCC.

Phillis hit Taylor for the first of their two scores on a 71-yard screen pass with 10 minutes, 1 second left, giving Bradley its first lead at 17-10.

"They were coming after us in the second half, so we were able to get the screen off to Kory for the first (passing) touchdown," said Phillis, who was 15-for-24 passing for 238 yards with the two touchdowns and one interception. "Our offensive line really stepped it up for that play."

The screen pass went about 5 yards in the air and Taylor's speed accounted for the rest of the yardage.

"The offensive line really got out there to block," said Taylor, who had six receptions for 162 yards. "Once I was able to high-step one of their guys, I knew I had it."

The second scoring pass came after three consecutive runs by running back Robbie Hyrmer, who finished with 83 yards on 15 carries. The Darby defense bit on the play-action, leaving Taylor open for a 63-yard score with 4:29 left.

"Bradley played a great game and we did not," said Panthers coach John Santagata, whose team dropped to 8-2 overall and finished 5-2 in the league. "Bradley just outplayed us in every phase of the game. ... They wanted it more."

The Jaguars also had a 60-yard touchdown run by Chance Levitt on his only carry of the game and Brady Whittekind kicked a 35-yard field goal.

Darby jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first half on a 37-yard touchdown run by Jake Schnieder and a 38-yard field goal by Blake Sawicki.

Panthers quarterback Nick Powers rushed 18 times for 67 yards, and Schnieder added 64 yards on 15 carries. Mason Schmeling caught three passes for 67 yards.