At 7-1 overall, the Hilliard Bradley High School football team already has tied the program record for wins in a season, but it wants more.

At 7-1 overall, the Hilliard Bradley High School football team already has tied the program record for wins in a season, but it wants more.

The Jaguars not only are looking to surpass the record, which was set in 2011 and equaled last season, but also clinch the first playoff berth in their eight-year history.

Bradley was projected to be second in this week's Division I, Region 3 computer ratings. The top eight teams in the region qualify for the playoffs.

The Jaguars also are in the hunt for their first league championship. At 3-1 in the OCC-Cardinal Division entering their game Friday, Oct. 21, at Worthington Kilbourne, they are tied with Dublin Scioto for second in the league standings behind Dublin Jerome (4-1).

Kilbourne fell to 5-3 overall and 2-2 in the league with a 16-6 loss to Darby 16-6 on Oct. 14 and has lost two games in a row and three of its last four.

"I'm sure this game will have a lot of playoff implications for (Kilbourne)," coach Mike LoParo said. "I know we'll get their best effort. It seems like we get the best effort from everyone."

The Wolves are averaging 23.9 points and allowing 18.1. Through seven games, running back Michael McQuade had 618 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns on 105 carries, and quarterback Josh Stewart had rushed for 251 yards and two scores on 58 carries and had completed 40 of 98 passes for 404 yards with two touchdowns and seven interceptions.

"They have big kids who run hard like the Davidson kids," LoParo said. "They have a good running quarterback in an option-based offense. You have to make sure you stay disciplined on defense."

Bradley remained in the hunt for the league title by handing Jerome its first loss of the season, 31-28 on Oct. 14.

Quarterback Will Phillis connected with sophomore Zach Hummel on a 1-yard touchdown pass with 29 seconds remaining to give the Jaguars the victory.

Phillis completed 26 of 38 passes for 222 yards and two touchdowns, and Hummel had 11 receptions for 78 yards and two scores.

"Their quarterback really has an arm," said Jerome coach Bob Gecewich, whose team had won 12 consecutive games before falling to the Jaguars. "I was impressed with the way he was able to gun the ball to his receivers."

Robbie Hyrmer had 156 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 40 carries and caught five passes for 27 yards against Jerome. Daevon Wilson had four receptions for 58 yards, and Trey Warner had three catches for 33 yards.

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