ADDISON – Jaavion Bradley wants The Lady back in Addison.
Bradley, Addison Trail’s standout junior wide receiver, wants The Lady rivalry trophy that goes to the winner of the AT-Willowbrook game. The 6-2 Warriors host the 2-6 Blazers tonight in Villa Park.
A win would go a long way towards salvaging the season for AT.
“We’ve been waiting on this all year because they took The Lady from us last year,” Bradley said. “We had it, but they took it last year at our home field so we’ve been waiting all year to get it back. I’d hate if I was a senior and I didn’t get The Lady back my senior year.
“We got to get it back for the seniors.”
The 6-foot-2 Bradley will play a big role in any upset bid the Blazers make. On the season he has 40 receptions for 542 yards and four touchdowns. Bradley, who also doubles as a defensive back, has three 100-yard receiving games.
“Maybe individually I’ve played decent, but we could have done more, a lot more [as a team],” Bradley said.
Bradley’s talent was enough to bring him up to the varsity team as a sophomore and he led the team in receiving last year.
The main college recruiting period for Bradley will start after the season, but it should pick up quickly.
“His name will be out there soon,” AT coach Paul Parpet Jr. said. “No specific schools right now, but once we start sending out his film they’ll be calling.”
Junior quarterback Mike Rybarczyk has played with Bradley since they were kids. While Rybarczyk has remained at quarterback throughout his years of playing football, Bradley was more nomadic. He played running back, linebacker and tight end at various times.
His current lanky frame and athleticism helped him settle quickly at wide receiver and defensive back after moving to those positions in high school.
Rybarczyk has been able to find Bradley as his top target in his first season with the varsity team.
“We’ve been playing since we were little,” Bradley said. “We didn’t play together last year, but there’s been that bond.”
Bradley also competes in jumps for the Blazers in track and field, which helps with conditioning in the football offseason. He said the season finale against Willowbrook is the team’s biggest rivalry game.
“I’ll say this is the biggest one because we’re in the same district,” he said.
Week 8 result: Glenbard West 55, Addison Trail 0
Passing: Mike Rybarczyk 8-for-15, 55 yards
Rushing: Larry Thomas 7-21; Jim Wislek 8-20; Robert Rinaldi 3-18
Receiving: Jake Atiyeh 2-24; Jaavion Bradley 1-12; Christian Grabowski 1-12
Week 9: Addison Trail at Willowbrook
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Where: 1250 S. Ardmore Ave., Villa Park
Records: Addison Trail 2-6 (2-3 WSG); Willowbrook 6-2 (4-1 WSG)
Outlook: The District 88 rivalry will play out in the season finale. After clinching a playoff berth last week, the Warriors are hoping to boost their playoff seed. Addison Trail will be looking to get back at Willowbrook after losing 42-28 last year.