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Jacob Williams Signs With Maryville


Jacob Williams signs his LOI to further his Academic and Football Career with Maryville College as the Football Staff looks on

By Staff Reports:

It was a great day for the Bradley Football Program as Jacob Williams signed his LOI to further his education and football career with Maryville College. Jacob's family, along with numerous teammates, and classmates joined him to help the Bear Nation celebrate his signing.

"Jacob's hard work on the gridiron and classroom has paid off. I have seen him put in numerous hours in the weight room to become a better football player. His dedication and self-discipline on the field and in the classroom is the reason that he is going to get his education paid for. We are excited for Jacob and know that Maryville College is getting a great student athlete." remarked Coach Floyd.

Jacobs Hard work in the classroom produced a 3.96 GPA leading him to be recognized as one of the Scholar Athlete's of the Year for District 5 AAA. Jacob also received the 2015 David Weir Memorial Award recently at the Bradley Football awards ceremony held in the Fine Arts Center. Jacob has been involved with other student organizations including HOSA, while also being a leader in FCA during his four years at Bradley.

"I am excited about attending Maryville College and being a pre-med major. I hope to be a Physician Assistant in the future," responded Jacob

"Jacob played multiple positions for us in the offensive line. His ability to learn tackle, guard and center helped us build depth which was a key factor in our success the last half of the season," added Coach Gideon.

"What people don't realize is that Jacob is a well rounded student. He is involved in Vocal Motion, which is a competition show choir here at Bradley. I have seen him dance and heard him sing and he is really good. As you could see from the number of students and players that attended his signing, he is well liked at our school," boasted Coach Freeman.

"I have really enjoyed Bradley High School but I am looking forward to the challenge of playing at Maryville. Most of my conversations have been with Coach Baily the Offensive line coach and he has told me that he thinks I will work mostly at center," remarked Jacob.

Cortney Braswell named Defensive Coordinator



Head Coach Damon Floyd welcomes Coach Cortney Braswell to the Bear Nation

By Staff Reports:

Bradley Central Football would like to announce the hiring of Cortney Braswell and welcome him as the new Defensive Coordinator for the Bears for the upcoming 2015 season. Coach Braswell is coming to the Bears via Chattanooga Central where he held the same position helping lead the pounders to a 6-5 record and a first round play-off game in 2014.

Coach Braswell will be bringing his 3-4 defense to the Bears that gave up less than 14 points in seven games in his first year with the Pounders. Coach Braswell has been the defensive coordinator at Chattanooga Central (2014), North Murray (GA, 2013), East Ridge (2010-11) and Soddy Daisy (2010). He has also served as Offensive coordinator at Notre Dame (2012) and coached at Ringgold (GA, 2008) as well.

"We as a defensive staff had already decided that we were going to have to go to a three man front with the personnel we have coming back on defense. After bringing in Cortney to talk about what he does with the 3-4 it became apparent that we needed to go ahead and try to bring him on board so he could be apart of spring practice." stated Coach Floyd.

"A four hour meeting with myself and the Bradley staff flew by like a four minute meeting, I knew then it was a place I could not only survive but thrive in," boasted Coach Braswell. "I have always had a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for everything Damon and his staff has accomplished in the last few years," Coach Braswell added.

"I am stoked to have Cortney on staff, he brings a vast knowledge of the 3-4 defense to our staff. This will help us on the offensive side of the ball as well, giving us the ability to also bounce ideas off of him. We face a lot of three man front teams every year," an excited Coach Freeman stated.

"I have also decided to make Coach Todd Stevison our special teams coordinator. In the past we have delegated each special team to a coach. This worked well in practice but was difficult during the game as each coach was trying to do two jobs at once. Todd will be responsible for all of our special teams and getting them ready during game time transitions," Coach Floyd announced.

"Bringing on Coach Braswell for defense and giving Coach Stevison special teams along with Coach Freeman gives me three coordinators that I can trust and frees me up as a head coach to be involved with all aspects of our football program not only on the field but off the field as well," pointed out Coach Floyd.

Cortney is a 2005 graduate of The Baylor School in Chattanooga and was a 2004 Mr. Football Finalist in his senior year. After attending Liberty University Cortney finished his Bachelors degree at Dalton State College. Cortney is presently finishing his masters degree at Lee University.

Former Bears Finding Success


Top L-R: Logan Fetzner, Austin Sanders, Bryce Copeland, Eduardo Trevino, James Stovall

Bottom L-R: Justin Houston, Patrick Benson, D.J. King, Rue Goldston, Brett Standifer

By Staff Reports:

The Bradley Bears have been well represented at the collegiate level for the 2014-15 season. There are currently ten former Football Bears who are furthering their athletic careers at the collegiate level for various teams and sports. These include current Tennesse Vols: Austin Sanders and Logan Fetzner; Tusculum Pioneers: Justin Houston, Patrick Benson and D.J. King; Chattanooga Mocs: James Stoval and Eduardo Trevino; Lindsey-Wilson Raiders: Rue Goldston; Stillman Tigers: Brett Standifer; and Lee University Basketball Player Bryce Copeland.

The Tennesse Vols have two former Bears on their roster that include Austin Sanders and Logan Fetzner. Sanders is currently a red shirt freshman who saw playing time in five games on the offensive line. Fetzner is a walk-on freshman who earned a spot on the team and made the bowl trip to Jacksonville. Both players are excited about their future with the Vols.

Tusculum College has three former Bears performing at a high level for the Pioneers. Leading the way is Justin Houston. Justin had another outstanding season for the Pioneers having been selected to first team all-conference and all-region teams. The 2013 All-American is a junior and has one more year to rewrite many of Tusculum receiving records. Justin is currently Tusculums all-time receptions leader with 216 career receptions. Patrick Benson is another former Bear who is experiencing success for the Pioneers. Benson is a sophomore who is a two year starter on the offensive line. D.J King is a red shirt freshman who saw considerable playing time on the defensive line totaling 15 tackles on the year.

The Chattanooga Mocs have former Bears James Stovall and Eduardo Trevino. Stovall is a freshman for the Mocs who was injured most of the season but did see action in six games. Trevino is a freshman walk-on who made the team at the fullback position. Both players are looking to make an even greater impact for the Mocs next year.

Lindsey-Wilson enjoyed the presence of former Bear Rue Goldston. The Raiders were successful as a team winning the MSC East conference with freshman Rue Goldston being a big part of it playing in all 13 games of the season. Rue was in on 24 tackles and intercepted 2 passes for the Raiders from his nickle back position. Rue is looking forward to next year and being a part of a championship program.

Stillman College was the home for former Bear Bret Standifer this past season. Bret is a true freshman for the Tigers who played in six games. Bret was the number two QB on the depth chart who rushed for 22 yards and was 2-6 for 15 yards in limited action on the season. Bret looks forward to being an impact player next year for the Tigers.

Lee University's Bryce Copeland is in his second year of playing basketball for the Flames. The former Bear QB is coming off an injury limiting his playing time on the hardwood but is still averaging 4.5 points a game for the NCAA division II school. Bryce is in his sophomore season for the Flames.

"It is good to see these players fulfilling their dreams and reaching their goals. Its not easy being a college athlete, its not for everyone. There is a lot of sacrifice that's goes along with being a student athlete at any level, especially the college level." stated Coach Floyd.

"We understand not everyone goes on and plays at the next level so we try to prepare our players to overcome adversity and have the courage to face life's challenges. Thats what we try to do here at Bradley on a day to day basis. Of course not every player or student buys into what we try to cultivate, but when they do, you will see them find success beyond the walls of Bradley High School." Echoed Coach Freeman.

Bears Recognized at District Banquet


Dakota Burgess, Will Robbins, Tyler Carpenter, Ryan Still and Jacob Williams recieve awards at this years District 5 Awards Ceremony. (Cole Copeland also recieved an award but was unable to attend because of a Basketball Game)

By Staff Reports:

The District 5 football banquet was held in Athens at Tennessee Weslyan College where several Bears were honored for their achievments on the gridiron as well as in the classroom for the 2014 season. The Bears finished third in a very tough district that sent five teams to the TSSAA football play-offs this season.

The Bears honored six players at this years district banquet led by Sophmore of the Year, Cole Copeland and Academic Award winner, Jacob Williams followed by all-district players Tyler Carpenter, Will Robbins, Ryan Still, and Dakota Burgess.

"I am very proud of these players who were recognized by the other coaches from our district for the impact they had on our team. These awards are selected and voted on by the the head coaches in our district, so it's a very big honor." Stated Coach Floyd.

Cole Copeland led the Bear offense from the quaterback position throwing for 2,317 yds and 18 TD's while rushing for 904 yds and 12 TD's. Cole finished the season in the Chattanooga area as one of the top five players in total offense.

Senior, Jacob Williams was an integral part of the offensive line playing center for the Bears this season. Jacob has a GPA of 3.96 and has received interest from the University of the South and Maryville College to continue his football career.

Junior, Tyler Carpenter was a two way starter for the Bears as well as being on multiple special teams as a holder for the place kicker and personal protector for the punter. Tyler was a big part of the offense as he caught 54 passes for 786 yds with 9 TD's, while throwing two touchdown passes. Tyler also rushed for a touchdown. Defensively, Tyler was on 28 tackles with 16 solos along with two interceptions.

Senior, Will Robbins was also a two way starter for the Bears playing guard on the offensive line and tackle on the defensive line. Will has been a three year starter on defense and has 72 career tackles. Will's leadership qualities were evident by being chosen as a team captain for the 2014 season by his teammates.

Senior, Dakota Burgess was another two way starter for the Bears this season playing tackle on both sides of the ball. Dakota helped anchor a line that produced over 1,000 yds rushing on the season along with having 18 tackles on defense. He finishes his career at Bradley with 42 tackles. Dakota was also chosen by his teammates as a team captain for the 2014 season.

Junior, Ryan Still led the team in tackles this year with 71 tackles; 39 of them solos. He also caused three fumbles and recovered a fumble from his linebacker position. Ryan was also a vital part of many special teams this year; catching a pass on a fake punt as one of his highlights on the year.

The administration, faculty and football staff at Bradley Central High School are very proud of these young men for upholding our Honored Tradition and Relentless Pride that is The Bear Nation.


Bear Nation Ready for New Region

New Region to experience the tradition of playing in Bear Stadium and the excitement of the BCNATION supporting the Bears

By Staff Reports:

There has been a lot of discussion about the new TSSAA football realignment and how it is going to negatively affect the Bradley Central High School football program the next two years.  However, those who have come to this conclusion have only looked at the negatives, without weighting in the positives.

“It’s easy to get caught up in all the negatives when looking at realignment because change is never popular no matter how bad the other plan may have been in the first place. But having looked at it and having time to think of the positives, we feel this is a great opportunity for our program and school going forward.” Coach Floyd reiterated.

Looking at next year’s schedule, one can see that all the concern about travel and lost revenue may not be the case after closer review. The Bears will still have big money games with cross town rivals Cleveland and Walker Valley, while maintaining the long rivalry with McMinn County the next two years. When you add in the fact that these games will be played early when the weather is nice and warm along with the newness of the season, these games may bring in more revenue than in previous seasons. Bradley will also host region opponents Science Hill, Bearden, Hardin Valley, and William Blount next year. These teams have a lot of tradition and usually bring a good following. These games should also increase home attendance with the added excitement of playing in the Super 32. Although the Bears will lose the revenue generated by the Polk County rivalry, there was no guarantee that it would have continued without the realignment.  Taking this into consideration with the fact the Bears will be hosting Maryville and Dobyns-Bennett in the next two years producing added attendance and statewide exposure, the new schedule should produce about the same revenue over the next two years as past scheduling cycles have.

“We are excited to open up with Walker Valley the next two years; it will bring a lot of excitement to the community and there has been talk about playing this game on a Thursday which would increase attendance and add revenue to our school and community.” Stated Coach Floyd.

Taking a closer look at travel, one can see that the athletic directors and coaches of the new Mountain East Region have done a great job of scheduling and keeping the travel to a minimum for all schools involved. Looking at the Bears schedule next year, the Bears will only have to travel to three region games that include Maryville, Jefferson County, and Dobyns Bennett. The non-region travel schedule includes a trip to cross town rival Walker Valley and a short ride to Athens to face McMinn.

“We have one long road trip this upcoming year with Dobyns Bennett and then we will have to travel to Science Hill the following year, so the long trips are not in the same year. If you look at past seasons, Bradley has always had to travel to find games; this is nothing new for our program. The only difference is these are now region games.” Coach Floyd explained.

One of the up sides to playing in the newly formed Mountain East Region is the fact that Bradley players will be getting exposure that they would not have normally gotten in the old district alignment. Player exposure will increase with the Bears participating in a region that has three large media markets that include Chattanooga, Knoxville, and Tri Cities along with the proximity of many more college football programs. This benefit of players getting this kind of exposure will far outweigh any travel inconveniences that may arise. The diversity of the college programs that have an opportunity to see and hear about players is unprecedented for those playing for the Bears. These include Maryville College, Carson Newman, Tusculum, UTC, ETSU, and UT. Playing in this environment gives Bradley a distinct advantage over other local programs when it comes to getting statewide exposure for statewide awards.

“We are excited about playing in the super 32, our players will be getting lots of exposure the next two years that they wouldn’t have gotten otherwise. It’s an exciting time to be a part of Bradley Football.”  Coach Freeman stated.

Another upside in the equation are the venues and environment in which Bradley is going to play in. As good an atmosphere Bear Stadium provides; every stadium that the Bears travel to in the Region will have just as good or even a better venue to play in. Three of the stadiums the Bears will play in have turf, which includes Dobyns-Bennett, Maryville, and Science Hill; as well as providing some of the best atmospheres to play in. Just between these three schools there is close to 300 years of football and close to 2000 wins. Each of these schools, along with Bradley, established football teams before 1930. Bearden is another school with a long tradition, fielding its first football team in 1949.

“Bradley has always taken pride in knowing that we have competed at the highest level in football throughout its history. Our administration, staff, and alumni feel right at home being in the same region with traditional powers Maryville, Science Hill, Dobyns-Bennett, and Bearden. We have a recent history with William Blount and have a lot of respect for that program as well. Add in tradition rich Jefferson County and Hardin Valley who may have some of the best turn key facilities I’ve ever seen and you have a region that is second to none as far as history, facilities, and fan base.” Coach Freeman said proudly.

“Obviously our expenses are going to increase with us being in the new region, but we are not going to let it affect what we do as a program. I will say one thing; we will travel in style and take charters for region games. We will continue to be a first class program. We will just have to ask more from our alumni and community to help us continue to compete at the highest level possible. I don’t expect raising more money to be a problem; I know our alumni and community love Bradley High School and will rally the troops to continue the tradition and pride that has been established way before any of us on the current staff was even born” Coach Floyd boasted.

The reality is things are not in dire straits at Bradley with the new region alignment, as matter of fact Bradley is looking forward to the challenge of competing at the highest level and hosting a first round game in the play-offs next year.


Final Book on District 5-AAA

Walker V.
District Record
Win % District
Reg Season Rec.
Win % Reg Season
Play-Off Record
Win % Play-Off
Overall Record
Win % Overall
Opp. Win % Reg. Season
Opp. Win % Overall
# Rhea added Bowl Win
* Includes 4 years non-district
** Includes 2 years non district





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Newcomer Award Defense

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Most Improved Offense

Christian Hamilton

Most Improved Defense

Brett Brown

Playmaker Award Offense

Tyler Carpenter

Playmaker Award Defense

Trevon Ware

Hog Award Offense

Tyler Kellar

Hog Award Defense

Dakota Burgess

Coaches Award

DJ Moyse

Iron Man Award

Daniel Clark

Bust Face Award

Ryan Still

Special Teams Award

Courtland Bradley


Cole Copeland

Bear Award

Will Robbins

David Weir Memorial Award

Jacob Williams

Robie Tyler Memorial Award

Bryan Adams

Rex Dockery

Will Robbins



Miles Christian Soccer Jersey Retired

Former football player Miles Christian

had his soccer jersey retired recently

during a halftime ceremony at a basket-

ball game here in the Jim Smiddy arena. 

Miles was a standout kicker his senior

year, handling the kick-off duties for the

Bears during the 2011 football season,

with over 85% of them touchbacks.

Currently a junior on the Bryan College

soccer team, he is an Appalachian

Athletic Conference All-Academic Team

member, as well as an All-Conference

third team player in 2013 and was

selected to the AAC All-Tournament

Team this past season.

Winter Workouts Set to Begin

Winter workouts will begin Tuesday

January 6th at 6:45 am. Workouts

will be four days a week for those

players unable to be in 1st period

weightlifting and anyone who is not

in another sport but plans on coming

out for spring football practice. 


Former Bears Celebrate Vol Victory

Austin Sanders and Logan Fetzner

celebrate Tennesse's victory over

Iowa in the Taxslayer Bowl in

Jacksonville, Florida.

Seniors and Their Families Honored

The Bradley Football staff along with

the faculty and administration of the

school, would like to thank our Seniors

and their families for being a part of the

continued success of the Bradley Bears.

Your dedication and support is greatly


J.V. Bears Defeat Soddy Daisy

The J.V. Bears defeated the

Soddy Daisy Trojans 35-7 to

finish the year 7-1.

J.V Bears Defeat McMinn Co.

The J.V. Bears defeated the

Cherokees 14-12 to improve

to 6-1 on the season.

J.V. Bears Defeat Cleveland

The J.V. Bears defeated the Raiders

22-6 to improve to 5-1.

J.V. Bears Defeat Ooltewah

The J.V. Bears defeated the Owls of

Ooltewah 20-0 in a rain shortened

game. The Bears improve to 4-1.

J.V. Bears Defeat Mustangs

The J.V. Bears defeated the Mustangs

32-8 at the Corral to Improve to 3-1

on the Year.

J.V Bears Defeat Hixson

The J.V. Bears defeated the Wildcats

of Hixson in a rain shortened game

20-0 to improve to 2-1 on the 


J.V. Bears Defeat Rhea County

The J.V. Bears traveled to Rhea Co.

and defeated the Eagles of Rhea

Co. 20-14 in overtime to even their

record to 1-1 on the young season.

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)


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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