Whenever Derek Dunnagan lines up on offense, assistant coach Tony Beavers of the Hilliard Bradley High School football team has one fewer thing with which to be concerned.

Whenever Derek Dunnagan lines up on offense, assistant coach Tony Beavers of the Hilliard Bradley High School football team has one fewer thing with which to be concerned.

According to Beavers, the 6-foot-4, 210-pound senior's dependability and versatility as a wide receiver make his job much simpler.

"Derek is so dependable," said Beavers, who coaches wide receivers for the Jaguars. "He's not a vocal leader, but he does everything for everyone else and he works hard every day.

"He has great hands, but he's also our best route runner, a great blocker or, if he has to occupy a defender when he's not a part of the play, he's going to do that. If a play is coming his way, you know things will be done the right way."

Dunnagan is a three-year starter for the Jaguars, who are 3-2 overall and 1-1 in the OCC-Cardinal Division entering their home game against unbeaten Westerville Central on Friday, Oct. 2. On the season, he has 21 catches for 233 yards and a touchdown, including three receptions for 44 yards in a 16-13 league win over Westerville South on Sept. 25.

"One of the most important things that you can do (as a wide receiver) is run crisp routes," Dunnagan said. "You can never takes plays off. You have to run hard and not round your routes."

Those precise routes are what coach Mike LoParo has come to expect from Dunnagan. LoParo said Dunnagan reminds him of former Bradley wide receiver Ryan Reffitt, a 2014 graduate who is the starting tight end for Air Force Academy this season.

"Derek runs better routes than Ryan, but Ryan was 6-5 and now is 6-6," LoParo said. "They put 20 pounds or more on Ryan when he went there, and I wouldn't be surprised if Air Force wouldn't be interested in Derek. He's long, athletic, strong, smart. He's the kind of player they are always looking for."

Looking for more playmakers on defense, LoParo has inserted Dunnagan into the secondary at key moments during recent games because of his nose for the ball.

"Derek's a ball kid. He attacks the football," LoParo said. "He has the size and the coverage ability. When the ball is in the air, he has the ball skills to get to it."

Dunnagan, who has yet to make a college decision, also has played defensive back in the past. He said being a receiver helps him on the defensive side of the ball.

"I think it helps me a lot because I can read the routes and go up and get the ball," he said.

Dunnagan and Bradley will be looking for their first home victory of the season when they face Central, which defeated Canal Winchester 39-23 on Sept. 25 to improve to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the OCC-Cardinal.

The Jaguars are 3-0 on the road and 0-2 at home.

The Warhawks are led by a pair of seniors in running back Benny Snell and quarterback Gavin Lyon. Snell, a University of Kentucky recruit, has rushed for 929 yards and 14 touchdowns on 119 carries, while Lyon has completed 70 of 119 passes for 829 yards with six touchdowns and two interceptions.

This season, the Jaguars switched their spread attack from a run-oriented base to more of a passing offense with the return of one of Dunnagan's childhood friends in Will Phillis, who transferred from Olentangy Orange. The junior quarterback had left the school district when he was in middle school.

However, Phillis suffered a foot injury with eight minutes left against South and his status for the game against Central was uncertain earlier in the week.

Last year's starting quarterback, Chance Levitt switched from slotback to behind center against South and led the Jaguars to a come-from-behind victory, setting up Brady Whittekind's 35-yard field goal as time expired.

It was Whittekind's third field goal of the game.

Phillis was 9-for-19 passing for 83 yards against South, while Levitt was 3-for-3 for 31 yards and rushed for 85 yards on 16 carries.

"I'm not sure if Will will be out (of the lineup) because there is nothing broken, so we'll find out," LoParo said. "Most coaches would feel pretty panicked (losing a starting quarterback), but I trust Chance. If Chance has to go this week, it's not like he hasn't been there before. We'll have to wait and see what happens."

The victory snapped a two-game losing streak for Bradley.