Hilliard Bradley High School football coach Mike LoParo wants to change things against New Albany.

Hilliard Bradley High School football coach Mike LoParo wants to change things against New Albany.

The Jaguars have never beaten the Eagles in three meetings. Now they play host to New Albany on Thursday, Sept. 1, in a contest that could show how far Bradley has risen since the program started in 2009.

"This game is very important in the grand scheme of things because it's a non-league game that can give us computer points," said LoParo, whose team lost to New Albany 47-14 in 2009, 49-12 in 2010 and 45-20 in 2011. "Computer points matter. It's a big game for us and the kids know that.

"But as for the history, the kids on the team don't know about New Albany. They weren't here the last time we played them. They just know we just have to be 1-0 for this week, just like we were last week."

The Jaguars, who need those computer points to make the playoffs for the first time, opened Aug. 26 with a 65-0 win over Cleveland John F. Kennedy.

Senior quarterback Will Phillis was 11-for-14 passing for 269 yards and four touchdowns without an interception. Junior wide receiver Daevon Anderson had four receptions for 124 yards with an 80-yard touchdown.

The passing game might be the key against New Albany since its secondary allowed Reynoldsburg quarterback Nathan Barko to throw for 332 yards and two scores in a 35-28 loss to the Raiders on Aug. 26.

"Reynoldsburg does things similar to what we do," LoParo said. "That game gave us a good look at how (the Eagles) might try to defend us, but I'm sure there will be a lot of changes. There always is after an opener."

The New Albany offense is powered by Victor White, a 5-foot-9, 175-pound senior running back who rushed for 313 yards and four touchdowns on 29 carries against Reynoldsburg.

"(White) might be the best back we see all year," LoParo said. "He's like (Westerville South junior) Jaelen Gill or (2016 Darby graduate) Nick Powers or (2016 Westerville Central graduate) Benny Snell. He's a special kid who can do it all. He can run on the inside or the outside, wherever. You don't want him getting in your secondary."

Robert Hyrmer ran for 103 yards with two touchdowns against JFK, as Bradley totaled 497 yards with 206 rushing. The defense limited the Fighting Eagles to 33 total yards and minus-57 rushing in 24 attempts.

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