The Hilliard Bradley football team remains in playoff contention despite its record.
The Jaguars are 3-6 overall and 3-3 in the OCC-Cardinal Division entering their regular-season finale at Delaware on Friday, Nov. 1.
Bradley has yet to be mathematically eliminated from the postseason and was projected to be 11th in Division I, Region 2 this week by joeeitel.com. The top eight teams in each region make the playoffs.
The Jaguars not only need a victory over the Pacers, but also a lot of help to reach the postseason for the fourth consecutive season.
However, coach Mike LoParo has his team focused only on Delaware, which is 3-6 overall and 1-5 in the league. The Pacers' lone league win came against Dublin Jerome, 28-7 on Oct. 11. The Celtics clinched at least a share of the OCC-Cardinal title by defeating Olentangy Berlin 25-20 on Oct. 25.
"(The Pacers) have been all over the place, just like the whole league has been," LoParo said. "They beat Jerome, which has probably been the most consistent team in the league this year. It's been them and maybe Darby."
Junior quarterback Blake Eiland fuels the attack for the Pacers, who are 12th in Region 2. In a 24-6 loss to Darby on Oct. 25, Eiland rushed 17 times for 89 yards and was 8-for-16 passing for 86 yards. Colby Cooper caught six passes for 57 yards and Kyle Klumpp made field goals of 36 and 27 yards.
"They are good and I like Eiland, who is shifty at quarterback and he runs well," LoParo said. "Their tight end (Nabil Abdus-salaam) is his main target in the passing game. They have a spread wing-T attack that gives you a lot of things to prepare for, that's for sure."
Quarterback A.J. Mirgon was 19-for-24 passing for 273 yards and two touchdowns in Bradley's 49-7 league win over Worthington Kilbourne on Oct. 24. The junior also ran for 69 yards and two scores on eight carries.
Also against the Wolves, Evan Yee rushed for 106 yards and one score on 20 carries and Matthew Drovdlic added 88 yards rushing and a touchdown on 11 carries. Kenyon Richardson caught three passes for 79 yards and a touchdown and Tayshaun Mayfield had seven receptions for 69 yards and one score.
"I have seen the potential for our team to do this," LoParo said. "We played a complete game, which is what we have been trying to do. A.J. had his best game all year and was making great decisions with his reads and runs."