The Hilliard Bradley High School football team continued its march toward a third consecutive OCC-Cardinal Division title with a 38-7 win at Dublin Jerome on Oct. 12.
The Jaguars improved to 7-1 overall and 5-0 in the league, while Jerome fell to 3-5 and 2-3.
“It’s a huge league win for us,” said Bradley coach Mike LoParo, whose team has won 14 consecutive league games. “They’re a very good football team. We had major concerns coming into it about some of the things they did. We did what we had to do.”
Bradley took control in the second quarter, outscoring the Celtics 21-0 to take a 28-7 lead into halftime.
“We’ve been streaky like that and I’m OK with that as long as we can play consistent and then if we hit the streak, we hit the streak,” LoParo said.
The teams traded first-quarter touchdowns, with Bradley quarterback Griffin Veil connecting with A.J. Mirgon on a 16-yard scoring pass before Jerome’s Ryan Keys scored on a 62-yard pass from quarterback Ryan Miller to tie the score at 7.
In the second quarter, Miller was stopped short of a first down on fourth-and-1 from his own 12-yard line, setting up a 3-yard touchdown run by Veil that gave the Jaguars a 14-7 lead.
On Jerome’s next possession, Bradley linebacker Cannon Blauser scored on a 25-yard interception return to make it 21-7.
The Jaguars closed the first-half scoring with a 20-yard touchdown pass from Veil to Jack Duffer with 6 minutes, 18 seconds remaining in the second quarter.
Veil completed 23 of 32 passes for 288 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two scores, including a 2-yard touchdown in the third quarter.
Adam Booth rushed for 61 yards on 10 carries for Jerome.
“I don’t think our kids will quit,” Jerome coach Bob Gecewich said. “We made mistakes in the first half and that’s the difference in the ballgame.”
==========Team 1 2 3 4 Final HILLIARD BRADLEY 7 21 7 3 38 DUBLIN JEROME 7 0 0 0 7
HB—Mirgon 16 pass from Veil (Banda kick)
DJ—Keys 62 pass from Miller (Gross kick)
HB—Veil 3 run (Banda kick)
HB—Blauser 25 interception return (Banda kick)
HB—Duffer 20 pass from Veil (Banda kick)
HB—Veil 2 run (Banda kick)
HB—Banda 24 FG