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Bears Face RIverdale


The Bears defense swarms a Polk Co. running back

by JOE CANNON Banner Assistant Sports Editor

While both Bradley Central and Riverdale are coming off impressive season-opening victories, the head coaches feel their teams still have plenty to work on as they prepare to meet Friday evening in Murfreesboro.

"We had a strong opening half, but then an ugly second half," commented Bear coach Damon Floyd of last week's 21-6 win over Polk County. "We've got to cut down our penalties (seven for 60 yards), plus come out and play the whole four quarters."

"We kept killing ourselves offensively," stated Riverdale coach Ron Aydelott in noting his team got flagged 11 times for 92 yards in a 21-0 victory over District 7-AAA rival Siegel. "We couldn't take any pressure off the defense."

After leading by just a 7-0 margin at the half, the four-time state champion Warriors got their offense going in the final two frames to finish with 412 yards, while holding the Stars to just 153.

"They have switched offenses this season (going from a Wing-T to a read-option spread) and have a dual-threat quarterback that's moved in," related Coach Floyd. "They have some good runners and receivers, plus a big, physical line."

Senior QB Cortland Owens, who transfered in from Cane Ridge, completed 13-of-23 passes for 184 yards, but none were for scores, plus he was intercepted once and sacked once. He also ran the ball 13 times for 38 yards and a score, but was also caught behind the line of scrimmage for minus 20 yards.

Owens spread the ball around to eight different receivers with senior Ben Wells gaining 61 yards on a pair of receptions, while junior Marquise Cantrell covered 56 yards on a trio of catches.

Junior Artavious Collier carried the ball 24 times for 114 yards and the other two Warrior touchdowns, while Austin Bryant added another 61 yards on a dozen rushes.

Leading the charge against the Warriors will be junior linebackers Colby Alford and Jamey Billups, who led the Bear defense by being in on 15 and 11 tackles respectively in last Friday's victory.

"Other than the quarterback, these are the same guys we played last year," related Floyd of the 39-35 Bear victory when the teams met for the first time ever last season. "We actually didn't stop them last year, we just outscored them.

"They are a big, strong, physical, well-coached team and we've got to find a way to stop them," he added. "They will have revenge on their mind. After we beat them last year, they went on a run and finished third in their district behind Blackman and Oakland."

Bradley will counter the Warrior offensive threat with some strong weapons of its own, coming off a 369-yard output against Polk.

Sophomore signal caller Cole Copeland connected on 13-of-18 passes for 221 yards, including an 89-yard TD strike to junior Tyler Carpenter. Copeland also carried the rock 13 times for a team-leading 68 yards and a score.

"Cole did a good job for his first (varsity) start. He was able to take what the defense gave him and do good with it," praised Floyd. "We spread the ball around well (four ball carriers and six different receivers), and had a good balance (26 rushes, 18 passes) to our offense."

Carpenter finished with a trio of catches for 103 yards, while senior tailback Christian Hamilton gained 99 yards, 67 of them coming on eight carries, plus he pulled in a pair of passes for 32 more.

The Bears will face a tough Warrior defense. "Their front seven are very big, physical guys and their secondary can run," assessed Floyd.

"We are going to have to keep the chains moving (getting first downs)," commented Bear offensive coordinator Keith Freeman. "We can't afford three-and-outs."

"They (Riverdale) don't have a lot of weaknesses to attack," Floyd added. "When you hold Siegel scoreless, that's something." It was just the third time the Stars, who averaged 39.2 and 42.1 points per game the last two seasons, have been shut out in nine years.

Friday night's game will be Riverdale's home opener with an 8 p.m. kickoff time.

Read more: Cleveland Daily Banner - Bears facing tough test 

Bears Tame Wildcats


Tyler Carpenter grabs a touchdown pass during the Bears 21-6 victory over the Wildcats

by JOE CANNON Banner Assistant Sports Editor

A quick start, the return of a Mr. Tennessee Football finalist and getting to honor a local legend provided a strong start to the TSSAA football season for Bradley Central Friday evening, but there is still room to improve according to the Bear head coach.

"I loved the first half (298 yards of offense and three touchdowns), but the second half was ugly," commented Damon Floyd of the 21-6 victory over Polk County to open his ninth season at the Bear helm.

"I'm glad to get the win. I was happy at times, but we need to come out ready to play all four quarters," he added. "Give Polk credit. Even though we were up 21-0 at the half they fought hard and out played us in the second half."

The Bears will travel to Murfreesboro Friday to take on Riverdale, a 21-0 winner over Siegel in its opener. Meanwhile, the Wildcats will welcome Chattanooga Central to Benton Friday. The Purple Pounders slipped past Franklin County 16-10 in Harrison to begin the campaign.

After Bradley's all-time leading rusher and all-state linebacker Blake Morris served as honorary captain for the coin toss and before longtime local radio broadcaster Corky Whitlock was honored at halftime (see story this page), Bradley found the end zone on its first two offensive possession, plus tacked on another score just before the intermission Friday evening.

The jam-packed Bear Stadium home stands rose in unison on the third play from scrimmage when sophomore quarterback Cole Copeland found senior Christian Hamilton over the middle, but Polk senior Ryan Rowland made a TD saving tackle just past midfield to hold it to a 23-yard gain.

Two plays later, Hamilton broke free again, this time on a run, and outran the Wildcat defense for a 41-yard scoring jaunt with exactly three minutes gone off the game clock. Senior Logan Snyder added the first of his extra-point kicks on the evening for a 7-0 edge.

After junior Reno Wimberley got the Polk fans to their feet with a 32-yard return of the ensuing kickoff, the "Boys from Benton" were able to just get one first down before being forced to punt.

Taking over on their own 12 yard line, the Bears lost a yard on their first play, but then Copeland found junior Tyler Carpenter across the middle and he was able to scoot past a pair of Polk defender and carry the mail to the house on an 89-yard scoring play. Snyder's kick was true again for a 14-0 advantage with four and a half minutes remaining in the opening quarter.

After the next three series ended in punts, the Wildcats took the air out of the Bear Stadium crowd when senior Tristen Senn stepped in front of a Copeland pass and returned the "pick" 40 yards to the Bradley 14.

Bending but no breaking, the Bear defense put the visitors in a fourth-and-1 situation at the 5 yard line and when the snap was muffed, senior defensive lineman Will Robbins pounced on the loose pigskin to quell the threat.

With 5:32 left in the first half, Copeland directed an 11-play, 93-yard scoring drive, carrying the ball over from the 1 himself with 41 ticks on the clock. The sophomore signal caller completed all four of his passes on the march, including a 25-yarder to senior Tanner Cox. Copeland also carried the ball five times himself for 26 yards on the series.

Copeland and the Bears headed into the locker room having completed 8-of-11 passes for 184 yards, plus the team gained 114 yards on 16 rushes (an average of more than seven yards a carry). The Black-and-Gold defense allowed the visitors just 55 yards on 20 offensive plays (2.75 ypc), all on the ground, during the first half.

After the intermission festivities and the band performances, the Big Red Train came back on the field with a full head of steam. Taking the opening kickoff, and being aided by a 15-yard penalty on the hosts, Polk drove to the edge of the Red Zone in eight plays.

After the Bear defense stiffened to force a fourth-and-6 from the 20-yard line, senior Daniel Clark put an end to the threat by picking off a pass just in front of the goal line and returning it to the 12.

Going to the air on four of its first five plays, Bradley crossed midfield when Hamilton broke off an 11-yard run on the sixth play. However, Polk sophomore Seth Sloan got past the blockers and sacked Copeland for an 11-yard loss on the next play to push the ball back over the midfield mark. The Bears then hurt themselves with back-to-back penalties to move the ball back another 20 yards.

After Bradley had to punt the ball away, the Big Red Train pulled out of the station from its own 29 and powered down the line for 13 plays before junior Ben Norwood punched the ball in from the 1 with 6:20 left in the contest.

However, that was as close as the contest would get as the next two series went three-and-out before the Bears ran out the clock on the "Backyard Brawl." It was Bradley's fourth win since the team resumed playing each other six years ago and gives them a 26-8-1 lead in the overall series that dates back to 1917.

In his first varsity start, Copeland finished with 68 yards on 13 carries, plus connected on 13-of-18 passes for 221 yards. The 6-foot-3, 175-pounder spread the ball around to a half dozen receivers.

"Cole did well with a couple of mistakes," assessed Coach Floyd. "He shows a lot of ability, but is still learning the game. The interception was our fault. We checked off at the line and they (Polk) picked it up."

Carpenter collected 103 yards on just a trio of catches, while Hamilton had a near 100-yard night with 67 yards on eight carries, plus he pulled in a pair of passes for 32 more. Clark got his hands on the ball four times for 38 yards.

After gaining nearly 300 yards in the opening half, the Bears finished with 369 yards of total offense. 

For the boys in Red, Rowland toted the rock for 47 yards on 14 carries, plus pulled in the only complete Wildcat pass for 18 more. Norwood gained 39 yards on eight second-half rushes, while Wimberley managed 35 yards on eight tries. Sloan bulled for 23 yards on seven carries.

Read more: Cleveland Daily Banner - Bears maul Cats in Backyard Brawl 

Bears out Hustle the Tigers 13-0


Christian Hamilton runs for big yardage against the Tigers of Howard High School in Fridays Jamboree

by SARALYN NORKUS Banner Sports Writer
CHATTANOOGA — Both Bradley Central and Cleveland traveled down to Finley Stadium to get one final scrimmage under their belts before this season kicks into high gear.

While the Bears' experience gave them an edge over the Howard Hustlin' Tigers for a 13-0 win, an injury-stricken Blue Raiders team fell to the Baylor Red Raiders 7-3.

"This was a dress rehearsal and we didn't want to get any kids hurt. We accomplished that and now it's time for the real deal on Friday night," Bradley head coach Damon Floyd said.

Unsure if his team's offense will consist mainly of passing or running, Coach Floyd acknowledged that the Bears still had work to do.

"We're going to do whatever it takes to move the football," Coach Floyd stated. "We've got to get better at running the football and we've still got a long way to go before next week."

Senior running back Christian Hamilton showed that he was more than capable of moving the ball down the field and set up senior fullback DJ Moyse to get Bradley on the board with a 4-yard run into the endzone five minutes into the 20 minute scrimmage.

The Bears' next touchdown came nearly eight minutes later, when sophomore quarterback Cole Copeland fired off a 35-yard pass to junior receiver Tyler Carpenter.

"I thought Cole did his job," Floyd declared."As long as he takes what the defense gives him, doesn't try to force anything and lets his playmakers make plays, he will be fine."

Sophomore receiver Trevon Hill made his presence known Friday evening after being able to snatch up a pass while lying on his back.

"We're expecting big things from him down the road," Floyd commented. "I'm not sure how much he'll contribute this year – he still needs a lot of work, but he's getting better and working hard. He made a great catch tonight which is what we're asking him to do."

Bradley Central will host Polk County in a "Backyard Brawl" Friday night at 7:30 p.m.

Read more: Cleveland Daily Banner - Bears Blue Raiders get final scrimmage looks

Bears 5-way Scrimmage Produces Positive Results


Bradley Bear Senior D.J. Moyse drags a multitude of Red Raider defenders on a Play

by Staff Reports

After a few weeks of conditioning, plus a week of banging on each other, Bradley Central football got to hit somebody in a different colored jersey over the weekend.

"We did some good things. We made some mistakes, but overall we had a pretty good night," assessed Bear head coach Damon Floyd. "The main thing we were trying to do was get a good look at who will help us on Friday nights."

Hosting their annual five-way scrimmage to wrap up the first week of practice in full pads, Bradley squared off against teams from Baylor, Knox Powell, East Ridge and McMinn Central in 24-play sessions Saturday.

Teams got a dozen offensive plays, starting on their own 30-yard line. Regardless of the outcome, whether they scored, turned the ball over or didn't make a first down, they continued on offense until their 12 plays were done. At the end of one offensive set, the teams switched sides and played defense for a dozen more plays.

Going against East Ridge, which is picked to win the District 5-AA title this season, the Bears and Pioneers battled to a scoreless tie, with neither team able to break through the other's secondary.

The longest offensive play for Bradley in the pairing was a 20-yard run by sophomore quarterback Cole Copeland on the final Bear play to move the ball near the Pioneer 30-yard line. East Ridge's offense was able to penetrate inside the 30 of the Bears, but couldn't score.

In its second session, the hosts squared off against McMinn Central and were able to find the end zone. After driving to the Charger 1-yard line, a bobbled snap bounced into the end zone and Copeland was able to fall on it for the score.

In the third session of the evening, the Bears battled former Bradley coach John Allen's new team from Knoxville. The hosts were able to claim another 1-0 victory when Copeland and senior wide receiver Daniel Clark connected on a 35-yard touchdown pass, while the Bear defense held the Panthers scoreless.

Wrapping up the varsity action, Bradley battled the always-tough Baylor squad to a scoreless session. The Bear defense was able to thwart a Red Raider threat with a takeaway inside the Bradley 5-yard line.

"Although we didn't score a whole lot, I was pleased with our offense," commented Coach Floyd. "We were able to move the ball consistently."

"Defensively, we missed some assignments and didn't read our keys well. In our [particular] defense, that's very important. We have a lot of inexperience, so we'll have to get better quickly," he added.

The players were the only ones getting in some game-situation work as the Tri-County Football Officials Association had about 30 men in stripes working in and out of the action.

Read more: Cleveland Daily Banner - Bears Blue Raiders get in first hits


Bears win UTC Lineman Challenge


    The Bears competed in both the UTC 7 on 7 passing tournament and their Lineman

Challenge last weekend in Chattanooga. The Bears team, consisting of Jacob Williams,

Colten Scott, Logahn McAmis, Chris Ogle, Brandon Morgan, and Dakota Burgess came

away with the Lineman Challenge championship trophy when all things came to an end

at UTC's Scrappy Moore Practice Facility. The Bears took a total of 10 lineman to the

challenge and went through a multitude of drills in the morning session. Standouts

in the morning session pass rush session offensively were Logahn McAmis, Jacob 

Williams, and Dakota Burgess while Brett Brown, D.J. Adams, and Xzayvier Beckingham

performed well on the defensive side of the ball. The Bears would split up to form two

teams during the challenge session in the afternoon. Both teams competed in the medicine

ball toss relay, sled push, catching punts, and tug of war during the challenge session and 

competed against several other schools.

     According to defensive line coach Todd Stevison, "This was a great opportunity for our

guys to go out and compete agaisnt other teams, giving them a chance to showcase all the

hardwork they have put in during the offseason."

     "I thought it was great for our skill kids to come down after a long day of 7 on 7 and cheer

for their teamates during the tug-of-war competition, it was great team bonding. I was proud

of the way our kids responded especially in these conditions. It was rainy

and nasty all day just like us lineman like it" offensive line coach Blake Gideon added.

      The skill players started their day at a rainy and soaked Baylor School during the morning

pool session. The Bears would come out on top winning against Sequoyah H.S. out of Georgia,

Sequatchie County, and Red Bank earning the honor of traveling to Finley Stadium for the 

afternoon tournament session.

      "The defense really carried us through the pool round, Christian picked the first pass against

Sequoyah that carried us through the morning session. I was really pleased with our effort in the

morning session both offensively and defensively, under some tough conditions." Coach Floyd 


    The Bears were not as successful at Finley in the afternoon session. Facing stiff out of state

competition the Bear's would come up short on both of their games during the afternoon session.

   "We just came out flat offensively in the afternoon, we had way too many dropped balls and

we didn't have field awareness on some routes that could have resulted in some first downs. Our

recievers have to improve their ability to beat press coverage," according to Coach Freeman.

   "Overall it was a positive day offensively, considering the weather, Cole threw the ball well and

is continuing to get better with his reads. He didn't throw an interception today, not sure how many

of the QB's at today's competition can say that, so thats a big positive," Coach Freeman added.

   "I was very pleased with our teams overall effort today, especially the way our lineman competed

and won the challenge today. Our skill players competed and played hard the entire day, we got

better and that is all you can ask for in a days work. The only negative is that we had a couple of

guys Swan Parker (turned ankle) and Bryan Adams (seperated shoulder) get banged up a little.

Hopefully, they get back soon," Coach Floyd

    The Bears will travel to Alcoa on Thursday, July 24th for a 7 on 7 scrimmage that will start at 4:00.








District Overall Record

Teams Overall District
Ooltewah 1-0 0-0
McMinn_County 0-1 0-0
New_Football_Helmet_2 1-0 0-0
East_Hamilton 0-1 0-0
Cleveland 0-1 0-0
Soddy_Daisy 1-0 0-0
Walker_Valley 1-0 0-0

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


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


 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 


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


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. 


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. 


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.



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.


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. 


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. 


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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