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Bears Outgun Trojans

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Cole Copeland runs past a host of Trojans

by JOE CANNON Banner Assistant Sports Editor

SODDY-DAISY — The expected District 5-AAA shootout at Soddy-Daisy Friday evening got really exciting down the stretch with half of the game's 70 points put on the scoreboard in the final quarter.

After trailing 14-7 at the intermission and 21-14 when the third frame ended, the host Trojans evened the score early in the fourth quarter, but Bradley Central answered with a trio of touchdowns in the game's final 8:11 to claim a 42-28 victory.

"We're really clicking offensively right now," proclaimed head coach Damon Floyd after his team has put 91 points and 969 yards of offense in the books the last two weeks.

"This team has really come together the last few weeks. We faced some controversy midway through the season (during which three senior starters left the squad), and the guys who have stuck with us have really bonded together. We're executing and making plays," declared the veteran Bradley mentor. "The mood and attitude of the team is much better. Winning helps that as well."

With back-to-back victories over McMinn County (49-32) and Soddy-Daisy snapping a four-game skid, the Bears have put themselves back into playoff contention.

Currently listed by the TSSAA as the final team that would make the Class 6A 32-team field should the playoff begin today, Bradley (4-5, 2-3 District 5-AAA) will look to solidify its fifth straight postseason spot when East Hamilton (2-7, 2-3) comes to Bear Stadium for the regular season finale Thursday evening. The TSSAA will announce the full playoff brackets Saturday morning.

Knowing Soddy-Daisy (4-5, 1-4) was averaging more than 31 points a game in its previous eight contests, the Bear coaches knew it would take another strong offensive output to get their 22nd victory in 36 meetings with the Trojans.

After the opening drive of the game ended in a missed field goal attempt, Soddy's defense forced the Bears to go three-and-out before the potent Trojan offense made the most of its second chance with a seven-play, 59-yard drive. Senior quarterback Hunter Maynor hit classmate Blake Smith for a 23-yard scoring strike with 2:41 left in the opening frame.

Bradley finally got on the board midway through the second quarter. Getting pinned back on their own 9 after a 71-yard punt by Trojan Justin Cooke, the Bears swiftly moved the ball down the field.

Sophomore signal caller Cole Copeland opened the march with a 27-yard bob-and-weave through the Soddy defense. Senior Christian Hamilton followed with an 18-yard sweep of his own to move the ball across the midfield stripe.

Three plays later, Copeland hit a streaking Tyler Carpenter on a post pattern for a 47-yard scoring connection before senior Logan Snyder tied the game with a PAT with 9:25 remaining in the half.

After the Bear defense came up with a three-and-out of its own, the Black-and-Gold offense chewed the final seven minutes off the clock with another long scoring drive.

Starting on its own 11 after a 42-yard Cooke punt, Bradley took 17 snaps, overcoming a pair of penalties, a sack and a 10-yard loss on a running play before reaching into its bag of tricks for the touchdown with just under nine seconds remaining.

Faced with a second-and-19, Copeland swung a lateral pass to Carpenter, who in turn pulled up and threw a strike to senior Daniel Clark in the end zone. Snyder split the uprights for the second of a half dozen times on the evening to allow the Bears to go to the locker room with a seven-point edge.

Getting the ball to open the second half, Bradley kept the momentum going using a dozen plays to march 72 yards to pay dirt again. Faced with a third-and-9 at the Trojan 20, Copeland scrambled away from pressure and found senior Tanner Cox in the corner of the end zone for the score after having burnt almost another 5 1/2 minutes off the clock.

The quick-strike Trojan offense fired back after a kick return to near midfield. Needing just four plays (one of which was an incomplete pass) to answer, junior Christian Bell scored on a 30-yard jaunt at the 4:56 mark of the third quarter.

After a failed fake punt attempt on the ensuing possession, Soddy was able to even the score with a nine-play, 56-yard drive. Maynor hit junior Tre Carter from eight yards out on a fourth-down play just three snaps into the final frame.

Undaunted, Bradley reloaded and retook the lead three minutes later when Hamilton danced in from 19 yards out to cap a six-play, 65-yard march.

On the first play after the ensuing kickoff, Soddy tried to hit a quick home run from its own 31, but Bear defensive back Zack Peak picked off the bomb at the Bradley 25.

The Bear offense quickly covered the needed 75 yards to pay dirt with Copeland making runs of 25 and 11 yards, plus hitting Clark on quick swing passes that went for eight and five yards. On what looked like the third swing pass to Clark, Copeland faked the throw and then dropped the ball into the waiting arms of Carpenter, who was behind the defender down the left sideline for the 31-yard TD catch at the 6:33 mark.

Not willing to roll over, Soddy came back with another drive to the end zone, this one covering 65 yards on eight plays with Maynor and Smith hooking up again for an 11-yard TD toss with 4:07 on the clock.

After cutting the lead back to a single score, the Trojans helped Bradley put the game away with a failed onside kick, plus a pair of 15-yard penalties.

Keeping the ball on the ground to run the clock, the Bears used eight plays to go the 55 yards to pay dirt with Copeland carrying the ball over from the 3 for the game's final touchdown with just 71 ticks left.

Soddy did make one last effort to score, somehow getting in nine plays in the final 1:11 but Carpenter ended the threat with an interception in the end zone on the game's last play.

"We weren't pleased with our overall defensive effort again this week (giving up 300 yards and four scores after McMinn had put up 415 yards and 32 points the week before), but we were able to make them score by driving the ball, rather than big plays," commented Coach Floyd. "I felt we did a good job of keeping their (SD) offense off the field."

Bradley ran 65 plays on the night, gaining 219 yards on 41 rushes and another 255 through the air, completing 20-of-24 passes.

The Trojans only snapped the ball 53 times, with 19 carries for just 106 yards, plus connecting on 22-of-34 aerials for 194 more.

As he has done all season, Copeland once again paced the Bear offense, gaining 134 yards on 25 carries and completing 19-of-22 passes for 226 yards. He had a hand in a trio of touchdowns — rushing for a score and tossing two more.

"Cole is making really good decisions right now," praised Floyd. "Our offensive line is blocking well, which is helping Cole, Hamilton, Carpenter and Clark make big plays."

Carpenter pulled in nine passes for 135 yards and a pair of TDs, plus he threw the 29-yard scoring pass to Clark and picked off the interception to end the game. The outcome marked Carpenter's fourth 100-yard receiving tally of the season and second multi-touchdown contest.

Hamilton finished with 90 yards on 14 rushes and a catch, while Clark pulled in a half dozen passes for 70 yards. Both found the end zone.

The Bear "D" held Maynor, who has 2,589 passing yards on the season and had been averaging almost 300 yards a game, to just 194, while completing 22-of-34 and tossing a pair of picks.

He was sacked three times, once by seniors Brett Brown and DJ Moyse, another by senior Will Robbins and the last time by junior Ryan Still and Moyse.

After being held to just 20 yards in the opening half, Bell finished with 116 yards for the Trojans on a dozen carries and a pair of pass receptions.

Read more: Cleveland Daily Banner - Bears outgun Trojans keep playoff hopes alive

Bears Beat McMinn County

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Christian Hamilton takes the handoff from Cole Copeland as Will Robbins

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by JOE CANNON Banner Assistant Sports Editor

 

ATHENS — After a well documented season-long struggle in the Red Zone, the Bradley Central offense came out of hibernation Friday evening.

Scoring on their first seven possessions, the Bears found pay dirt all four times they were inside the McMinn County 20, plus struck from distance on three other plays in a 49-32 shootout with the Tribe.

"Our players made the plays — we executed. We had the best run blocking we've had in years, plus we made some people miss and out ran some others," proclaimed head coach Damon Floyd after his Bears rushed for more than 400 yards while scoring as many points in each of the first two quarters as they had in both of their previous two victories.

"Everything came together offensively. We were able to get the momentum early and kept it going," added the veteran Bear mentor. "I'm so proud of these guys who have stuck it out. They know they can depend on each other and it showed on the field."

Matching 21-point totals in the first two frames led Bradley to a 20-point halftime advantage on its way to its highest tally of the season. It is just the second victory for the Bears over their oldest rival in the last 14 Black-and-Gold meetings.

Bradley now holds a 49-39-3 edge in the state's second longest continuous rivalry, having been played every year since McMinn County began its football program in 1927. The 1916 game listed in the Bradley history was actually played against a team probably made up of Tennessee Wesleyan College players.

With both clinging to TSSAA playoff hopes, Bradley will head to Soddy-Daisy Friday evening for a match up of 3-5 teams that are both 1-3 in District 5-AAA play.

The Trojans came out on the short end of a 43-27 tally against East Hamilton this week, and like the Bears are still in the hunt for a postseason spot. Bradley will close out the regular season on Halloween when East Hamilton (2-6, 2-3) comes to Bear Stadium.

Having scored just 87 points in its first seven outings this season, the Bear offense wasted little time in finding the end zone Friday in Athens.

Sophomore quarterback Cole Copeland connected with senior Daniel Clark on the game's fifth play from scrimmage for a 53-yard touchdown strike with just 129 ticks gone off the game clock. Senior Logan Snyder came on for what turned out to be the first of seven extra point kicks on the night, to go with eight kick offs.

After having put up 62 points in their previous two outings, the Cherokees went on the warpath as well, needing just seven plays to cover 57 yards to pay dirt themselves as junior running back DJ Kimpson plunged in from a yard out at the 8:02 mark. McMinn took the lead when senior QB Corbin Powers took the unexpected snap on a trick point-after attempt and ran it in for the two-point conversion and an 8-7 advantage.

The host's lead was short lived as Christian Hamilton took the handoff on the first play after the ensuing kickoff and burst through the Tribe defense for a 77-yard scoring dash to put the Bears on top to stay. The senior running back collected 174 yards on 18 carries in the contest.

Bradley's defense set up the next score when junior Jamey Billups stripped the ball loose from a Cherokee receiver and classmate Trevon Ware pounced on it at the Tribe 43.

Seven plays later, Copeland, who had 220 rushing yards on 20 carries, plus completed 7-of-11 passes for another 93, took the ball across the goal line himself from 13 yards out and Snyder tacked on the extra point with 4:36 still left in the opening frame.

Not willing to roll over, McMinn (2-6, 2-2), which will host Walker Valley (4-4, 1-3) Friday, answered with a scoring drive of its own.

Although Kimpson broke free on the first play after the kick off, Bear junior Tyler Carpenter was able to make a TD-saving tackle 35 yards downfield. Ten plays later, including a pair of fourth-down conversions, Powers finished off the march with a six-yard dash and Liam O'Malley cut the difference back to seven points with 14 seconds on the clock.

Bradley's offense kept clicking on the ensuing series, this time using a 11 plays to cover 62 yards, with Copeland once again carrying the ball over from five yards out and Snyder splitting the uprights with 8:22 to go in the first half.

The stubborn McMinn offense refused to go away and once again put together a march of its own, going 68 yards on a dozen plays with Powers breaking the plane from a yard out and O'Malley true on the PAT.

Bradley chewed up most of the remaining four minutes of the first half with a 12-play, 76-yard drive of its own, with Hamilton ripping off 34- and 18-yard runs before Carpenter bulled in from the 3 with just 27.6 seconds showing on the clock, but the Bears weren't through scoring before the intermission.

After recovering a fumble on the ensuing kickoff and getting a pass interference call against the hosts on the first play, Copeland and Clark hooked up again, this time for 12 yards with 9.5 ticks remaining.

The first half fireworks still weren't done as McMinn once again fumbled the kickoff return, but was able to fall on the ball on its own 29. The final play of the half saw Kimpson, who finished with 149 yards on the night, break free once again, but was stopped 21 yards down field as the horn sounded.

Trailing 42-22, the Tribe opened second half with a pair of 74-yard scoring drives, the first ending in a 30-yard field goal by O'Malley and the other seeing Powers connected with Dimese Bradley on a nine-yard scoring toss.

While the Cherokees ran 23 of the first 24 plays from scrimmage of the second half, the one Bradley snap, after the field goal, was a 70-yard run by Copeland for the final Bear score of the night.

Not throwing a pass after the intermission, Bradley was able to keep the clock running by keeping the ball on the ground, while the defense came up with a pair of big fourth-quarter stops.

The first came after the hosts had marched from their own 18 to the Bear Red Zone at the 19 before Billups and freshman Henley Headrick teamed up to not only sack Powers, but force him to leave the game with a bloodied nose. One the very next play the Tribe's backup QB fired an interception into the hands of Clark.

The second came on the next McMinn possession. Despite Powers back under center, a trio of incomplete passes and an 11-yard sack by sophomore Hunter Duggan and senior Brett Brown put the final nails in the coffin.

The teams combined for 38 first downs (19 apiece) and 910 yards of offense.

Copeland and Hamilton posting 487, while Powers and Kimpson combining for 392.

Dimese Bradley finished with 138 total yards with 105 on a half dozen catches and 33 on seven carries for the Tribe.

Clark pulled in five passes for 79 yards for the Bears.

Read more: Cleveland Daily Banner - Bears come out of hibernation

Bears Fall To Raiders


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by JOE CANNON Banner Assistant Sports Editor

A quick start made the difference in the 40th "Crosstown Clash" Friday evening as Cleveland High invaded Bear Stadium.

As both teams entered the battle with sub .500 records for the first time in history, the Blue Raiders charged out to a 16-point advantage in the opening six minutes but needed a second half score to hold off archrival Bradley Central 23-18.

"We got off to a great start, but Bradley fought back the rest of the way," declared Cleveland head coach Ron Crawford. "We were able to hang on and overcome some mistakes that gave them a couple of scores."

After trailing 16-6 at the intermission, the Bears scored a pair of second half touchdowns but were turned away from Red Zone empty handed three times.

"It's the same problem we've had all year. We get close but are unable to put it in," remarked Bradley head coach Damon Floyd. "It's frustrating not to be able to capitalize on those opportunities."

Both teams scored three touchdowns, but the Bears handed the Raiders two points when a snap sailed over the punter's head and out of the end zone. Plus, the hosts didn't convert any of their points after touchdown tries.

Pulling their overall record even at 4-4, Cleveland is now 3-1 and in second place in the District 5-AAA race. The Raiders have county rival Walker Valley (4-3, 1-2) coming to Benny Monroe Stadium Friday and a short trip to fifth-ranked and unbeaten Ooltewah (8-0, 4-0) on Oct. 24 left in the regular season. The Owls screeched past the Mustangs 45-12 Friday evening.

"Along with it being an intra-county rival, the game with Walker Valley is very meaningful for both teams as far as the playoffs are concerned," related Coach Crawford. "I'm tickled that with all the trials we've been through this year, we are in a situation to be in the chase for a playoff spot."

Despite slipping to 2-5 overall and winless in a trio of district games, Bradley still has a chance at a post-season berth but must win out against their final three opponents.

The Bears travel to Athens Friday to face McMinn County (2-5, 2-1), which has won back-to-back district games, including a 25-15 victory over East Hamilton (1-6, 1-3) two nights ago. Bradley will travel to Soddy-Daisy (3-4, 1-2) on Oct. 24 before wrapping up the regular season at home against the Hurricanes on Halloween.

Cleveland needed just 141 seconds to score Friday evening as the dangerous running back duo of seniors TJ Parker and Raekwon Bunion combined to cover 65 yards in just five plays after the opening kickoff.

Playing together for just the third time this season, Bunion took the first two handoffs for five and 27 yards, before Parker bulled for one and three more.

Senior quarterback Austin Massey then hit Parker with a screen pass and despite playing with a broken toe, the Raider speedster was able to maneuver his way 29 yards to paydirt. Junior Brandon Romero split the uprights for the extra-point with 9:39 still showing on the opening quarter clock.

After the ensuing kickoff, the Raider defense forced the Bears to go three-and-out, setting up the errant snap on the punt attempt to give Cleveland's its third safety of the season.

All of safeties have played key roles in victories. The Raiders defeated McMinn County 23-21 and East Hamilton 16-14, both of which included first half safeties. Cleveland also gave up a two-point play in a 23-16 loss to Soddy-Daisy.

After the resulting free kick, the Raiders had double-digit runs by Massey (14), Bunion (22) and Parker (15) in a six-play drive that Bunion capped with a five-yard plunge across the goal line with 6:11 remaining in the first period.

"We dug ourselves a deep hole. We came back and had opportunities to win it, but it eventually proved too much to overcome," commented Coach Floyd.

The Bears answered the opening onslaught on their second possession, needing just three plays to find the end zone.

After junior Swan Parker returned the kickoff 30 yards to the Bradley 40 yard line, a couple of touches by senior Christian Hamilton put the ball at the 45.

Sophomore quarterback Cole Copeland then hit a streaking Tyler Carpenter on the first of nine hook ups between the pair for 146 yards.

The 55-yard post pattern saw the junior receiver out run four Raider defenders for the final 40 yards to paydirt.

Down by 10 points, the Bear coaches decided to go for a two-point conversion, but the Raiders stopped the swing pass behind the line of scrimmage with 4:40 remaining in the first quarter.

The visitors tried to answer, but the ensuing 12-play drive was halted when Bear linebacker Colby Alford picked off an interception and returned it to the 30-yard line.

Neither team could put any points on the scoreboard in the second frame, leaving the tally at 16-6 at intermission.

Bear senior Daniel Clark returned the second half kickoff 40 yards to near midfield before the hosts used seven plays to penetrate the Red Zone. However, once there the Raider defense rose to the occasion, holding Bradley to zero yards on a run, a pass completion and an incomplete pass.

Faced with a fourth-and-10 at the CHS 18, Bradley decided to go for it, but Raider junior defensive lineman Zack Willis had other ideas, sacking Copeland for an eight-yard loss.

After the Black-and-Gold defense forced a three-and-out, the Bear offense dialed up long distance again when Copeland connected with Carpenter on a 52-yard touchdown toss to complete a three-play, 64-yard scoring drive. The extra-point kick slipped wide right with 5:34 remaining in the third quarter.

With the difference trimmed to four points, Cleveland responded almost immediately.

After an excessive celebration penalty was assessed on the ensuing kickoff, Parker returned the ball across midfield. Three plays later Massey hit senior Isaiah Beaty across the middle as he split a pair of Bear defenders for a 44-yard scoring strike. Romero added his third PAT kick for the final Raider point of the night with 3:49 to go in the third frame.

Bradley looked like it was going to counter with another score on the ensuing possession. Using pass completions to sophomore Ty Beavers (22 yards) and senior Bryan Adams (10 yards), plus an 11-yard run by Copeland, the hosts moved the ball to the Raider 2, but a holding penalty and an incomplete pass on fourth down, thwarted the scoring opportunity.

After two more Bear offensive efforts ended in Raider territory (one at the 32 and the other at the 14 after having been at the 9), Bradley finally found paydirt again with 2 1/2 minutes left in the contest.

Junior linebacker Jamey Billups scooped up a Raider fumble at the 14 and returned to the 1 yard line to set up the score. After back-to-back false start penalties moved the ball back to the 11, Copeland avoided pressure and found a wide open Clark in the end zone for the touchdown. The two-point conversion pass once again failed, leaving a five-point difference.

Recovering an onside kick, as well as their sixth fumble on the evening on the first play following, Cleveland was able to run out the clock thanks to an 18-yard run by Bunion, who finished with 117 yards on 11 carries, including the one to paydirt, in his first game back from an injury.

"It was good to have both of our running backs out there, even though we can't use them at the same time. Neither is 100 percent, but they gave us all they had," Coach Crawford commented.

Parker helped out with 123 total yards on 20 rushes and the touchdown reception.

Massey added 27 yards on eight carries, plus completed 5-of-8 passes for 93 yards and a pair of scores.

Copeland countered with a 300-yard performance — 245 through the air and 56 on 20 rushes. The sophomore signal caller completed 13 of his first 15 passes and finished with a 24-of-36 line, including two touchdowns. Clark pulled in five passes for 41 yards, including the scoring catch.

"Copeland really kept his composure and kept them in it," assessed Coach Crawford. "We dropped eight (defenders in pass protection) against him and he still moved the ball on us."

"Cole did all he could do, but we've got to do the right things to help him out," added Coach Floyd. "We've got to execute on every play. We've had too many mental mistakes."

The teams were close in first downs (14-13 Bradley) and total yards (323-315 Cleveland), plus combined for 24 yellow flags for more than 200 yards. The Raiders were flagged 15 times for 131, while the Bears drew nine penalties for 75.

"It was tough with so many of our second half possessions starting with first-and-20 or -25," commented Coach Crawford, whose team earned just two first downs in the second half.

The victory gives the Raiders a 27-13 edge in the series that dates back to CHS' beginnings in 1965. The teams did not play each other in 1981 and 1982, as well as from 1991 to 2000.

Read more: Cleveland Daily Banner - Quick start helps Blue Raiders hold off Bears

J.V. Bears Tame Mustangs

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Jake Pressley muscles his way to a first down against the Mustangs

by Tyler Graves Banner Intern
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After the Walker Valley varsity football team came up with a big upset over Bradley Central Friday, both team's junior varsity squads faced off Monday night. This time Bradley maintained control for much of the game to come up with a 32-8 victory.

"I'm very proud of our guys," says Bradley assistant coach Todd Stevison. "They've played very hard, and we've really come together as a team in unity."

Both teams stood strong defensively to begin the game as the first five possessions by both teams were stalled.

The beginning of the second quarter saw the first score of the game by Bradley. Starting at their own 49-yard line, the Bears capitalized on an eight-play drive, led by running backs Lameric Tucker and Cason Still.

Tucker rushed for an 11-yard gain on a crucial third down early in the drive. Still added runs of 14 and five yards, including a four-yard touchdown run to finish the drive.

Bradley caught Walker Valley by surprise on the ensuing kickoff with an onside kick that was recovered by the Bears.

The following drive was very sloppy as a total of five penalties were called between the teams. However, after facing a third-and-13, Bear quarterback Jake Pressley connected with Swan Parker for a 39-yard touchdown pass.

Despite a missed extra point, the touchdown pass increased Bradley's lead to 13-0.

After the ensuing Walker Valley drive resulted in a turnover on downs, Pressley threw another touchdown pass late in the second quarter. This time Pressley connected with Nick Howell for a 26-yard score and the first half ended with the Bears up 19-0.

After getting the ball to open the third quarter, Bradley's offense picked things up where it left off. On just the first play of the drive, Tucker ripped off a 62-yard touchdown to put the Bears up 25-0 early in the quarter.

Bradley's final score of the night came on the first play of the fourth quarter. Running back Devin Moore scored on a 1-yard rush to cap off a 13-play drive that began at their own 20 to make the score 32-0.

Pressley came up big in this drive completing three passes, including two for 11-yards each to Jay Pearson and Howell, as well as a 24-yard throw to wide receiver Jeffrey Brewer.

Stevison gave his team a lot of credit after seeing them improve each week since the beginning of the season.

"We didn't play very well the first game and lost. Since then we've been able to win a few in a row," Stevinson said. "I'm very proud of the way that they have corrected mistakes and come to work every day in practice to get better every single day. That's made our team better."

While Stevison was pleased with his team's performance, Walker Valley head coach Eric Swafford believed his team could've played better.

"I'm disappointed in the way we played," he said. I didn't think we came out and played to the best of our ability, but you've got to take you hats off to Bradley, they played a great game."

"Walker Valley has a great program. I have tons of respect for them, so we were just glad to come out here and get a win," Stevison said. "I'm just glad to see our guys finish and play hard to the end."

Despite the rough game for Walker Valley, the Mustangs came up with several big plays in the fourth quarter led by freshman running back Donell Armour.

After a Bradley fumble was recovered by the Mustangs, Armour carried the ball three times for 32 yards and a touchdown to put the Mustangs on the board.

After recovering the ensuing onside kick, Walker Valley drove down the field again. The drive was highlighted by a 45-yard pass from quarterback Noah Davis to Armour.

However, the Mustangs failed to score as the game ended with a Bradley win.

Read more: Cleveland Daily Banner - Bears beat Mustangs in junior varsity action
   

Defense Leads Bears to Victory

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by JOE CANNON Banner Assistant Sports Editor

    No matter how ugly, "a win is a win," was the sentiment after Bradley Central held off Hixson during Friday evening's homecoming contest at Bear Stadium.

"It was a sloppy game on our part, but we found a way to win it," declared Bradley head coach Damon Floyd after his Bradley squad survived a trio of final-period scares for a 21-14 victory.

"When you turn the ball over five times, you're not supposed to win," the veteran mentor added. "Our offense put our defense in some tough situation, but the defense bowed its back all night and were able to come up with some big plays."

Both Hixson scores came on plays immediately following Bear turnovers to open quarters.

Bradley lost its third fumble of the night on the opening play of the second period, and Wildcat quarterback Preston Wilkey faked a hand off up the middle and swept around left end for a 72-yard touchdown dash.

The second came after the Bears coughed up the ball on the opening kickoff of the third frame. Wilkey hit Jordan Johnson on a slate pass for a 39-yard scoring strike on the following play.

Although Bradley was able to answer on the possessions immediately following the Wildcat scores, plus added a third scoring drive midway through the third quarter, the boys from the north side of Chattanooga had the ball inside the Bear 11-yard line three times in the game's final frame before the host defense turned them away each time to seal the victory.

The two teams combined to put the pigskin on the ground a dozen times (seven by Bradley and five for Hixson), but possession only changed hands four of those times, each time the Wildcats came away with the ball, plus picked up an ill-advised Bear pass.

"We've got to do a better job of taking care of the ball," bemoaned Coach Floyd. "There were a lot of negatives, but we also had some positives. In the end we got the win."

Now 2-1 on the season, Bradley will open the District 5-AAA portion of its schedule Friday night with a trip to the north end of the county to face Walker Valley (2-2) at the Corral.

After seeing their first three offensive possession end with fumbles, the Bears were able to answer Hixson's (2-2) first touchdown with a 14-play scoring march that covered 76 yards.

Senior running back Christian Hamilton carried the rock over the goal line from eight yards out with 5:39 to go in the opening half to set up Logan Snyder's game-tying extra point.

While taking a break from the "ugliness" of the game, beauty was on display during halftime as the homecoming court was introduced and senior Megan Beavers was crowned queen.

When play resumed, so did the Bear miscues, with the fumbled kickoff return setting up the second Wildcat touchdown.

Sophomore Swan Parker returned Hixson's second kickoff return a 15-second span 30 yards to the Bear 43. Seven plays later, including a 24-yard run by Bear sophomore QB Cole Copeland, plus a 27-yard completion to classmate Trevon Hill, Copeland found the end zone from three yards out. The snap on the extra-point attempt was high and by the time it was brought down, Hixson got a hand on the kick to hold onto a 14-13 lead.

After the Bear defense forced the visitors to go three-and-out on the ensuing series, Bradley put together another sustained drive, marching 58 yards on 11 plays, with Hill throwing a key block to spring Copeland on a 12-yard scamper to paydirt for what turned out to be the deciding score.

With the previous extra point attempt failing, Coach Floyd decided to go for the two-point conversion. After having to scramble around for several seconds, Copeland found Hill had worked his way into the clear at the back of the end zone for the game's final points with 4:16 to go third frame.

Hixson tried to even the score after Bradley's next possession, picking off a pass and returning it 30 yards to the Bear 38. Two plays later, the Wildcats were just eight yards from the end zone, but once again the Bear defense held the visitors to just five yards on the next four snaps.

Bradley's defense had to return to the field four plays later after a shanked punt out of its own end zone gave Hixson the ball at the Bear 18. Making another Red Zone stand, junior Jamey Billups sacked the 'Cat QB for a 12-yard loss on the fourth-and-3 play to thwart the threat.

The visitor's final offensive effort started on their own 34, but 13 plays later they were knocking on the door at the Bear 9. Billups came up big again when he droped a Wildcat receiver at the line of scrimmage, before back-to-back incomplete passes caused the rally to come up short.

After having rushed for 376 yards against state-ranked South Pittsburg in a victory two weeks ago, the Hixson rushing attack was held to just 68 yards outside of Wilkey's 72-yard scoring dash. Wilkey himself had a negative six yards on his other 10 carries in the contest.

As he had in the previous two Bear games, Copeland topped the Bradley offense, rushing 22 times for 102 yards and a pair of scores, plus completed 15-of-19 passes to five different receivers for 111 more yards and the other touchdown.

Hill pulled in four catches for 47 yards, while senior Daniel Clark also snagged a trio of aerials for 25 yards and junior Tyler Carpenter had four for 20 yards.

Hamilton was near 100 all-purpose yards for the second time this season with 94 on 21 carries, plus two more yards on a couple of receptions

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Ooltewah 9-0 5-0
McMinn_County 3-6 2-3
New_Football_Helmet_2 4-5 2-3
East_Hamilton 2-7 2-3
Cleveland 5-5 4-2
Soddy_Daisy 4-5 2-3
Walker_Valley 4-5 2-3

2014 Media Poll

1. Cleveland

2. Ooltewah

3. East Hamilton

4. McMinn County

5. Bradley Central

6. Walker Valley

7. Soddy Daisy

2014 Coaches Poll

1. Ooltewah

2. Cleveland

3. East Hamilton

4. Bradley Central

5. McMinn County

6. Walker Valley

7. Soddy Daisy

Latest News

Brian_Gentry

Booster Club Membership Drive

Former Bradley Booster Club President

Brian Gentry gives Present Bradley

Booster Club President Brian Copeland

a donation to help jump start the 2014

Membership campaign. Everyone is

encouraged to join the Bradley Booster

Club for the 2014 season. Membership

fee is $35 which includes a season pass

for free reserved parking in the upper lot

behind the home side. Join and help

continue the HONORED TRADITION

 and RELENTLESS PRIDE that is Bradley

Central Football. EST. 1916

Season Tickets now Available

Get your reserved seat by purchasing

a season ticket for a cost of $40. See

Booster Club President Brian Copeland 

for your ticket. Remember, 100% of all

funds raised through the sale of season

tickets goes directly to the football 

program.

Card Sale a Success

Coach Floyd would like to thank all

parents and players for making the

discount card sale a huge success.

With your hard work and dedication we

have sold 2000 cards. The money raised

will go towards helping build a new weight

room and covering the everyday costs of

running the program.

Bears Chosen for All-Star Game

Dee Crisp, Jordan Timmons and

Eduardo Trevino have been chosen to

play in this years Tn-GA All-Star Football

Classic. All three players will be

continuing their football carreer next year.

Crisp signed with Tusculum, Timmons

with Lindsey-Wilson and Trevino will be

a preferred walk-on at UTC. The game

will be played on June 7th at 7:30 pm at

Boyd Buchanan High School.

Past All-State Bradley Bears

We are in the process of updating

past All-State Players, this is our present

list. Please contact us if we have missed

any former All-State Players.

Bobby Butler (1945) Ray Woods (1948)

Ted Smith (1953) Jim Mavity (1955)

Jack Watson (1958) Don Sewell (1958)

Bill White (1959) Rex Dockery (1959)

Charles Snyder (1959)

Richard Davenport (1959)

Steve Sloan (1960 & 1961)

Bill Geren (1961) David Tyrrell (1961)

Andy Ballinger (1962) Bob Peterson (1962)

Bob Johnson (1963) Wayne McFarland (1971)

Mitch Lilly (1973) Dennis Carroll (1976)

Kinny Hooper (1978) Bobby McLemore (1978)

Chris White (1980) Jeff Lovingood (1982)

Blake Morris (2000)

Tucker Bolton (2010)

James Stovall (2010 & 2011)

Austin Sanders (2011 & 2012)

Awards Ceremony Successful

The Bradley Football team completed

their awards ceremony with the

following players winning awards.

Newcomer Offense: Loghan Mcamis

Newcomer Defense: D.J. Moyse

Most Improved Offense: Brian Adams

Most Improved Defense: Tyler Carpenter

Playmaker Offense: Dee Crisp

Playmaker Defense: Eduardo Trivino

Hog Award Offense: Tyler Keller

Hog Award Defense: Will Robbins

Coaches Award: Austin Foss

Coaches Award: Logan Aaron

Iron Man: Daniel Clark

Bust Face: Jordan Timmons

Special Teams: Clayton Steels

MVP Offense: Brett Standifer

MVP Defense: Baylor Terrell

Bear Award: Cal Pickel

David Weir Award: Logan Fetzner

Robie Tyler Award: Todd Gray

Rex Dockery: Cal Pickel

senior_Dee_Crisp 

Dee Crisp Signs with Tusculum

family on his signing with Tusculum

College to further his education and

football career. Dee will join former

Bears Justin Houston, Tucker Bolten,

D.J. King and Patrick Benson who are

currently playing for the Pioneers. 

 senior_Jordan_Timmons

Jordon Timmons Signs With Lindsey-Wilson

Congratulations to Jordan Timmons and

his family on his signing with Lindsey-

Wilson College to further his education

and football career. Jordan will join

former Bear Rue Goldston who just

recently signed to play for the Blue

Raiders of Lindsey-Wilson. 

senior_Brett_Standifer

Brett Standifer Signs With Stillman

Congratulations to Brett Standifer and

his family on his signing with Stillman

College to further his education and

football career.

http://stillmanathletics.com/news/2014/2/5/FB_0205142259.aspx 

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Bears receive District 5-AAA awards

Several Bears received district accolades

for their efforts this year on the gridiron.

Brett Standifer was recognized as Co-

Quarterback of the year. Dee Crisp and

Cal Pickel were also recognized as

All-District. James Peck was selected

to the District All-Academic team.

Shorty_jordan_baylor

Baylor Terrell Wins Shorty Jordan Award

David Viar, current President of the

Tri-County Football Official's Association,

recently presented senior Baylor Terrell 

with the Shorty Jordan Award during

thier annual banquet. 

1000th_game_presentation

Bear's Win Number 1,000th Game

The Bradley Bears came away with a

victory over Soddy Daisy to win the

1,000 game played in the long history

of the Bradley Central High School

Football Program which began in 1916.

Thanks to all the former players, parents,

alumni and their families who celebrated

and participated in this momentous

occasion. There is nothing like the

Honered Tradition and Relentless Pride

of a Bradley Central High School Bear. 

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Coach Floyd with Coach Butch Jones

Tennessee Head Football Coach Butch

Jones was the guest of honor at Bradley

Central High School as he gave some

insight to this years Tennessee Vol

Football Season.

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