The first foray into the playoffs for the Hilliard Bradley High School football team did not go as planned.

The first foray into the playoffs for the Hilliard Bradley High School football team did not go as planned.

The second-seeded and host Jaguars lost to seventh-seeded Pickerington North 49-21 in the first round of the Division I, Region 3 playoffs Nov. 4 to finish 9-2 overall.

Despite the loss, Bradley accomplished several goals this season. In addition to earning their first playoff berth, the Jaguars set the program record for wins in a season, won their first league championship and swept their sister schools for the first time, beating Davidson 31-28 on Sept. 9 and Darby 41-20 on Sept. 16.

Bradley's previous record for wins was seven, set in 2011 (7-3) and matched in 2015 (7-3).

The Jaguars went 5-1 in the OCC-Cardinal Division to tie Dublin Jerome for the title, ahead of Darby and Dublin Scioto (both 4-2), Worthington Kilbourne (2-4), Delaware (1-5) and Thomas Worthington (0-6).

"We'll realize how well we did this season later, but it's tough right now," coach Mike LoParo said. "We got down (against North), but the kids never let up. They kept fighting until the end of the game."

North scored touchdowns on its first two possessions and never looked back. The Panthers led 21-7 after the first quarter, 28-14 at halftime and 42-14 through three quarters.

North amassed 473 total yards, with junior quarterback Jimmy Weirick completing 20 of 24 passes for 342 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions. The Panthers' speed played a major role in the outcome.

"We knew that we were undersized, but we knew our kids were fast," North coach Tom Phillips said. "We have been overmatched in size and strength all year, but we have the speed to get past that."

Bradley was limited to 222 total yards, with senior quarterback Will Phillis completing 13 of 25 passes for 133 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Senior running back Robbie Hyrmer rushed for 127 yards and one touchdown on 17 carries.

"We couldn't match their speed," LoParo said. "We tried everything -- 30 front, 40 front, going man(-to-man) and going zone ... They made the plays and we didn't."

Phillis was named league Player of the Year after completing 218 of 340 passes for a 2,407 yards with 27 touchdowns and four interceptions. He is the program leader in yards passing (4,416) and touchdown passes (46).

Hyrmer (first-team all-league) finished the season with 1,149 yards rushing and 15 touchdowns on 238 carries.

Defensive linemen Nick DeWolf (first-team all-league) and Brendan Bordner, linebacker Jared Rapp (first-team all-league) and kicker Max Mordarski (second-team all-league) also were key players in the 14-member senior class.

"These seniors had quite a run," LoParo said. "They were 0-10 as freshmen and they worked hard to get where they are today and wanted to build and believe in the program."

Junior wide receiver Daevon Anderson (first-team all-league) had 77 receptions for 1,070 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Other expected key returnees include juniors Obi Igwe (OL; second-team all-league), Adam McCardle (LB; first-team all-league), Jared Rolan (OL; honorable mention all-league) and Jack Rondy (LB; second-team all-league) and sophomores Cannon Blauser (LB; second-team all-league), Patrick Day (DB; special mention all-league), Zach Hummel (WR; special mention all-league) and Trey Warner (WR; second-team all-league).

Junior wide receiver Kory Taylor, who suffered a season-ending foot injury in a 65-0 win over Cleveland John F. Kennedy in the season opener Aug. 26, and sophomore running back Jack Richards, who rushed 25 times for 105 yards subbing for Hyrmer in the win over Davidson, also are expected back.

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