Hilliard Bradley High School football coach Mike LoParo sees a lot of similarities between his team and its next opponent.
The Jaguars visit Dublin Jerome on Friday, Oct. 12, looking to remain unbeaten in the OCC-Cardinal Division play.
Bradley has won four consecutive games and is 6-1 overall and 4-0 in the league.
"It's turned into a little bit of rivalry because we both run similar styles of (offense and defense)," LoParo said. "(Jerome coach) Bob (Gecewich) is a really good guy and we get along really well. It's not a negative rivalry. We have similar types of kids and we coach in a similar fashion."
The Celtics lost four games in a row earlier this season but have won two consecutive contests, defeating Delaware 35-21 on Oct. 5 to improve to 3-4 overall and 2-2 in the league.
"We can't worry about that (losing streak)," Gecewich said. "We put ourselves in this position that we don't control whether or not we win a league title this year."
Last season, Bradley defeated Jerome 28-7 on its way to finishing 6-0 in the league and winning a second consecutive OCC-Cardinal title.
The Jaguars were projected to be seventh in this week's Division I, Region 3 computer ratings. The top eight teams in the region make the playoffs.
"You always start by you want to go 1-0 every week, you want to win all your non-league games and you want to win your league, and if you can do all those things, then the playoffs will take care of itself," LoParo said.
Both teams run a spread offense, with Bradley being led by quarterback Griffin Veil, who has completed 102 of 169 passes for 1,545 yards with 18 touchdowns and five interceptions.
Jack Richards has rushed for 503 yards and eight touchdowns on 113 carries, and Trey Warner has 36 receptions for 354 yards and three touchdowns.
"Their quarterback gets the system. He understands it all," Gecewich said. "The running back (Richards) runs hard and they just have a very efficient offense. They can light it up."
In only his second start, sophomore quarterback Ryan Miller led the Celtics in a 35-21 win at Delaware on Oct. 5, completing 12 of 16 passes for 250 yards and a touchdown and rushing for 52 yards and three scores.
For the season, Miller has completed 46 of 67 passes for 589 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.
Ray Prochko has rushed for 312 yards and four touchdowns on 60 carries, and Trey Ballengee has 38 catches for 603 yards and two touchdowns.
"They're very good," LoParo said. "It's very deceiving that their record is what it is. They're very good and we're going to have to play very well to beat them."