Bradley brothers coming up big for Springfield football

Springfield's Delian Bradley (36) celebrates after a play against St. Xavier in a Division I state semifinal on Friday, Nov. 6, 2020, at Alexander Stadium in Piqua. David Jablonski/Staff
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Springfield's Delian Bradley (36) celebrates after a play against St. Xavier in a Division I state semifinal on Friday, Nov. 6, 2020, at Alexander Stadium in Piqua. David Jablonski/Staff

Credit: David Jablonski

Credit: David Jablonski

SPRINGFIELD — On Friday nights, Springfield High School senior Delian Bradley gets a front row seat to watch his favorite players — younger brothers Daylen and Duncan Bradley.

“It’s always been something that I’ve dreamed of to play with my younger brothers,” Delian said. “I think of them as the best players that play in the world.”

The Bradley brothers have played a key role in Springfield’s success on the gridiron this fall. The second-seeded Wildcats (11-1) are seeking their third straight regional championship. Springfield will play top-seeded and undefeated Marysville (12-0) in the Division I, Region 2 championship game at 7 tonight at Hilliard Darby High School. The winner will play the Region 4 champion — either top-seeded Moeller (10-3) or third-seeded Lakota West (11-1) — in the Division I state semifinals on Friday, Nov. 26 at a neutral site.

The Bradley brothers are just two wins away from achieving their goal of playing together in the state championship.

“That’s our dream and our goal for our family my whole high school career to play for a state championship with my brothers,” Delian said.

The dream started a long time ago, he said. The Bradley brothers last played on the same team back in their bantam days with the Springfield Broncos. Delian was in second grade, while Daylen was a first grader and Duncan was in kindergarten.

“Davey Moore (Park) is where it started really,” Delian said. “We always played at home, but it’s really just like a movie this year. It’s really what we’ve always dreamed about.”

Delian, a senior safety, led the Greater Western Ohio Conference with five interceptions, earning All-Southwest District and GWOC first-team honors.

Daylen Bradley, a junior wide receiver, had a breakout season this fall, catching 28 passes for 506 yards and three TDs.

“I had to wait for my opportunity,” Daylen Bradley said. “It’s fun to play with my brothers. I try to be the best playmaker I can be.”

Sophomore Duncan Bradley saw time at receiver and defensive back, while also serving as one of the team’s primary returners on special teams. He missed the majority of the playoff run after spraining his ankle during the first-round game against Northmont. He expects to return this week for the regional championship game.

“It’s been a struggle,” Duncan said. “I’ve been staying focused and know that I have to be a team player and not be selfish and cheer on my teammates.”

All three were recognized as Homecoming royalty earlier this season. Delian was also named Homecoming King.

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(From left) Daylen Bradley, Delian Bradley and Duncan Bradley pose for a photo after Delian was crowned Homecoming King earlier this season. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

(From left) Daylen Bradley, Delian Bradley and Duncan Bradley pose for a photo after Delian was crowned Homecoming King earlier this season. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
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(From left) Daylen Bradley, Delian Bradley and Duncan Bradley pose for a photo after Delian was crowned Homecoming King earlier this season. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

“It’s been a good journey my whole high school career,” Delian said.

Delian Bradley has more than two dozen scholarship offers to play college football. He plans to take some official visits later this year, but said he’s focused on one thing — bringing a state championship back to Springfield.

“I’m just focused on the season,” Delian Bradley said.

Regardless of where he plays next fall, Delian Bradley says he’s “gotta get back” to watch his favorite players.

“They’re going to put on a show for Springfield,” he said.

TODAY’S GAME

Who: 2 Springfield (11-1) vs. 1 Marysville (12-0)

What: Division I, Region 2 final

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Hilliard Darby Stadium

Tickets: To purchase tickets, log on to OHSAA.org/tickets.

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