Coach Karl Johnson and his Dublin Scioto High School football team have history on their side.
When the Irish play host to Hilliard Bradley on Friday, Sept. 28, they will look to regain an advantage in a series knotted at four games apiece. However, the home team has won each of the previous eight meetings, seemingly giving Scioto the advantage in this OCC-Cardinal Division matchup.
"I didn't know that, but it's good news then," said Johnson, whose team is 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the OCC-Cardinal. "They are really good. Their only loss was to (Hilliard) Davidson (17-10 on Sept. 7) by (one) score and Davidson is one of the elite teams in central Ohio, but I like our team and we will be ready to play."
Bradley, which also is 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the league, defeated Scioto in 2011 (39-10), 2013 (34-28 in overtime), 2015 (34-31) and last season (42-7), while the Irish won in 2010 (17-7), 2012 (28-27), 2014 (13-7) and 2016 (20-6).
"Neither of us has won at each other's stadium, which is something we want to overcome," Jaguars coach Mike LoParo said. "I think they are really good. They have a good quarterback (senior Kyron Rogers) who has been playing since he was a sophomore and he throws the ball accurately and it gets out of his hands quickly. No. 22 (Tobias Thomas) is their go-to guy at wide receiver, and he runs fast, clean routes. He also plays well at defensive back and jumps off the film on both sides of the ball.
"Defensively, they are aggressive and have a lot of movement. They play the pass really well and are tough in coverage."
Rogers was 12-for-17 passing for 302 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Irish past Delaware 45-31 on Sept. 21 in league play. He also caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from wide receiver Marty Neuhardt, and Kenyon Pannell had four catches for 200 yards and three scores.
Bradley blew past host Thomas Worthington 52-15 on Sept. 21 for its 11th consecutive OCC-Cardinal win.
Defensive back Patrick Day picked off Thomas quarterback Isaac Settles on the first play from scrimmage to set the Jaguars up at their 47-yard line. On the next play, quarterback Griffin Veil connected on the first of his three touchdowns passes to Jack Duffer.
Veil finished 13-for-19 passing for 351 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Duffer had four receptions for 188 yards, including touchdowns of 53, 50 and 77 yards. A.J. Mirgon added five catches for 104 yards, and Jack Richards rushed for 52 yards and one score on six carries.
"They have a good offensive system and they like to distribute the ball around the field," Johnson said. "Defensively, they look solid and do a good job of defending the whole field."