The Hilliard Bradley football team lost a total of five games in its previous three seasons, but needed five games this season to post its first win.
The host Jaguars defeated Thomas Worthington 43-10 on Sept. 27 to improve to 1-4 overall and 1-1 in the OCC-Cardinal Division.
They'll be looking for another victory Friday, Oct. 4, when they play host to Dublin Scioto in a league contest. The Irish are 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the OCC-Cardinal after defeating Delaware 29-17 on Sept. 27.
"You almost forget what it feels like (to win)," Bradley coach Mike LoParo said. "Hopefully, this can get us going in the right direction."
Bradley leads all-time series 5-4 and has won two in a row against Scioto, 42-7 in 2017 and 46-17 last season. The Jaguars also won in 2011 (39-10), 2013 (34-28 in overtime) and 2015 (34-31), while the Irish won in 2010 (17-7), 2012 (28-27), 2014 (13-7) and 2016 (20-6) with all of their victories coming at home.
Running backs Evan Yee (16 carries, 96 yards, 1 TD) and Matthew Drovdlic (10 carries, 71 yards, 1 TD) led Bradley's offense against Thomas. Quarterback A.J. Mirgon rushed for 23 yards and one score on six carries and was 11-for-21 passing for 131 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions, and Tayshaun Mayfield caught five passes for 90 yards and one score.
"They might be the best 1-4 team in central Ohio," Scioto coach Karl Johnson said. "They are big and strong and they have good athletes. We need to have a great week of practice to be ready for them.
"I think they're a little different than they have been in the past. The quarterback is a good runner and they spread you out defensively. They make you defend multiple things, and you have to do a good job on one-on-one tackles."
Pete Hrelec rushed for 189 yards and a touchdown on 32 carries to carry the Irish past Delaware. Quarterback Chad Ray was 13-for-23 passing for 168 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, and Xavier Lopes had eight receptions for 96 yards and two scores.
"I think that they are pretty balanced offensively in terms of the run and pass," LoParo said.
"Lopes is fast and is one of the best receivers we will face. The quarterback can throw the ball and can run the ball some as well. (Hrelec) is back at running back and I like how he won't shy away from anything."