Two streaks ended for the Hilliard Bradley football team this season.
The Jaguars had reached the Division I playoffs each of the past three seasons and had won three consecutive OCC-Cardinal Division championships prior to finishing 4-6 overall and 4-3 in the league this year.
Bradley placed fourth in the league behind champion Dublin Jerome (6-1).
"I think this season was a great learning experience for all involved: coaches, parents and kids," said coach Mike LoParo, who completed his ninth season leading the program. "This is never something you want, but you can definitely gain from facing this kind of adversity. It can push and humble both (coaches) and the kids, and it make everyone work harder.
"We played five playoff teams and beat one of them, (Olentangy) Berlin (21-19 on Oct. 11). We played some of those teams pretty close. In the past three years, we have found ways to win tight games. We didn't find those ways this year. We tried, but we didn't get it done."
Junior quarterback A.J. Mirgon led the team in both rushing and passing. The first-team all-league honoree rushed for 687 yards and seven touchdowns on 156 carries and was 130-for-216 passing for 1,508 yards with 15 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
"It wasn't what we expected, but (LoParo) was happy with how we finished," Mirgon said, referring to the Jaguars winning three of their final four games. "He was happy with how strong we finished and how that can carry over into next season."
The next two leading rushers for the Jaguars were seniors Matthew Drovdlic and Evan Yee. Yee rushed for 681 yards and four touchdowns on 150 carries, and Drovdlic ran for 337 yards and two scores on 65 carries.
Senior Ethan Poff had 30 receptions for 326 yards.
Senior defensive linemen Jacob Curl (39 tackles, 2 forced fumbles) and Dillon Ysseldyke (46 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 1 forced fumble, 1 interception) were first-team all-league and senior linebackers Luke Erwin (61 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 1 fumble recovery) and Zach Komlosi (63 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 1 fumble recovery) were second-team all-league.
Senior offensive lineman David Metzler, a Youngstown State commit, was special mention all-league, while senior defensive end and Michigan State commit Chris Mayfield missed the season with a knee injury.
Other key seniors included defensive back Cameron Bord-ner (28 tackles, 2 interceptions, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery) and linebacker Zach Winget (40 tackles).
"We had a great group of (senior) kids that we enjoyed coaching," LoParo said. "They were high-character kids, and they were the understructure of the last two (league) championships. They did a great job of helping build the program and win those last two titles."
Sophomore wide receiver Tayshaun Mayfield (second-team all-league) was Mirgon's top target with 45 receptions for 556 yards and six touchdowns, and junior wide receiver Kenyon Richardson had 16 catches for 223 yards and two scores.
Junior tight end and defensive end Jack Pugh (honorable mention all-league) caught 13 passes for 155 yards and one score and had 43 tackles, four tackles for loss and three sacks.
The Jaguars also expect to return their leading tackler in sophomore linebacker Michell Robinson, who had 69 tackles, two sacks and one interception. Junior defensive linemen Chance Roberts (23 tackles) and Walter Williams (36 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss), junior defensive back Jordan Thompson (30 tackles) and sophomore defensive back Caden VanVorhis (53 tackles) also are expected back.
Other expected returnees include junior Cameron Ridolfo and sophomore Matthew Cooper on the offensive line.
"We need to have a good year in the weight room," LoParo said. "We're already scheming for the offseason and what we want to do next year."