Hilliard Bradley High School football coach Mike LoParo is awestruck by the stable of athletes that Middletown can put on the field.

Hilliard Bradley High School football coach Mike LoParo is awestruck by the stable of athletes that Middletown can put on the field.

The Middies lost their opener 53-36 to Lima Senior on Aug. 29, but are loaded with speed and athleticism that will test Bradley's mettle when the teams meet Friday, Sept. 4, in Middletown.

"They are extremely athletic, everywhere," said LoParo, whose team won its opener at Thomas Worthington 58-6 on Aug. 28. "They are very fast and they just fly around the field. Lima Senior was awfully good, but so was Middletown. (The Middies) will be a huge challenge for us."

Middletown and Lima Senior were tied at 27 with 1 minute, 18 seconds left in the first half, but the Spartans scored on a 74-yard hook-and-lateral to take a 33-27 lead into halftime. The Middies had problems with cramping and never got in synch in the second half.

Middletown sophomore quarterback Blake Marshall, the brother of Ohio State halfback Jalin Marshall, was 3-for-9 passing for 79 yards with two interceptions before leaving the game with an injury.

Running back Vincent Calhoun rushed for 134 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries to lead the Middies' ground game, but had only 12 yards in the second half. Running back Marquise Petty added 93 yards on 13 carries and Jaevan Wright scored on a 94-yard kickoff return.

LoParo said Middletown runs "a pistol wing-T and a true wing-T offense" and employ a four-man front on defense.

"They have lot of players going both ways, and we want to use that to our advantage," he said. "It's going to be 90 degrees on Friday, and that could wear them out."

The Jaguars led Thomas 41-0 at halftime. On the Cardinals' opening drive, defensive lineman Patrick Yeo sacked quarterback Zach Gallion in the end zone for a safety. Also in the first quarter, linebacker Chris Wall returned interceptions 22 and 36 yards for touchdowns.

Jaguars 1uarterback Will Phillis completed 21 of 25 passes for 287 yards and three touchdowns. Running back Robbie Hyrmer rushed for 62 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries, and running back David Nguyen had 50 yards on only four carries.

Chance Levitt had six catches for 82 yards and a touchdown. Austin Rings had three receptions for 58 yards and two scores, Kory Taylor caught four passes for 72 yards and Derek Dunnagan had six catches for 46 yards.