The Hilliard Bradley and Thomas Worthington high school football teams both have a new look on offense this fall.

The Hilliard Bradley and Thomas Worthington high school football teams both have a new look on offense this fall.

The Jaguars and the Cardinals both will unveil new spread offenses when they meet Friday, Aug. 28, at Thomas to open the season.

"They are a pretty good football team," said Bradley coach Mike LoParo, whose team beat the Cardinals 43-0 in last year's opener. "They moved from an option offense to a spread. They have big linemen and some new running backs. They have a nice quarterback (senior Kevin Gallion) who can throw the ball and looks pretty sound."

Joining Gallion in the Cardinals' backfield at running back are senior Jay Kidd and junior Terrell Washington. Seniors Liam Buchy and Preston Byers return on the line along with juniors Nicholas Green and Justin Tullos.

Second-year Thomas coach Rodney Hopkins likes the way his team looks coming off an 0-10 season. The Cardinals, who totaled only 20 points last season and were shut out seven times, have lost 12 consecutive games.

"Our energy is up. Our kids are constantly competing and I love that," Hopkins said. "We still made some mistakes in our final scrimmage (Aug. 21 against Whetstone), but they're fixable mistakes. We will need to tackle better and we had some offensive penalties that killed drives. Those are things we need to get fixed in a hurry."

The Jaguars ran a spread scheme last season when they went 5-5, but this year's version expects to focus more on the passing game.

That change comes with the addition of junior quarterback Will Phillis, a transfer from Olentangy Orange. Last year, he was 96-for-172 passing for 1,216 yards with 11 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Senior Chance Levitt, who started at quarterback last year, has moved to the slot position, opening up his chances to make plays as a receiver and a running back. Last season, he rushed for 376 yards and two touchdowns on 104 carries.

Also back is senior wide receiver Derek Dunnagan, a third-year starter.

"Bradley has a transfer quarterback from Olentangy Orange who is really good, and they have some stud receivers (Dunnagan and Levitt), so they'll probably try to hook up quite often," Hopkins said. "We saw (Bradley) scrimmage some against Marysville (Aug. 15). They abandoned their old offense, but they're very fast in the skill positions and they are fundamentally sound."

LoParo likes how his offense performed during the preseason, aside from stalling in the red zone.

"We played well in a scrimmage (Aug. 21) against DeSales, but we lost 14-7 because we couldn't score twice when we were inside the 20(-yard line)," he said. "We went up and down the field against a good DeSales team, but we couldn't score."