Cole Copeland One of Top Underclassman at Atlanta MVP Camp


By Chad Simmons

National Recruiting Analyst

Over 300 football players competed at the Atlanta MVP Camp Sunday and many were underclassmen. We take a look at our top prospects here...

Chris Barnes, 2016 OL, Leesburg (Ga.) Lee County
Expect there to be some activity at Lee County High School this spring. Barnes is a sophomore now with an Old Dominion offer - he is not going there. This young man will have ACC/SEC offers sooner than later. He is a 6-foot-4, 270 pound offensive lineman with feet and length. Natural bender as well.D.J. Brown, 2017 CB, Fairburn (Ga.) Landmark Christian
Brown checked in Sunday at 5-11, 157, so he is still on the lean side, but he is long. He is a corner with good size and he could grow into a free safety. Not elite speed, but good short area quickness. He plays older than he is. Only a freshman.

Ben Cleveland, 2016 OL, Toccoa (Ga.) Stephens County
Most already know this name because of his size and offer list. Cleveland passes the eye-test immediately, but he has great strength and he competes. He has some stiffness, but he can overpower the man in front of him and he is a devastating head-on blocker.

Zerrick Cooper, 2016 QB, Jonesboro (Ga.)
It was tough for quarterbacks to look great Sunday due to the rain the first half of the day, but Cooper is one to know. He has a quick release, the ball comes out of his hand hot, and he has good mobility in the pocket. He showed up in a Kentucky hat, the Wildcats have offered.

Cole Copeland, 2017 QB, Cleveland (Tenn.) Bradley Central
A freshman quarterback that caught my eye is Copeland. We have had stars out of the Cleveland, Tenn. area at our camp before including Pittsburgh quarterback Chad Voytik. Copeland could be next in line out of that part of the state. He is a 6-2.5, 171 pound and he throws a good ball. He has a good feel for the position at a young age and he is a freshman to put on your list.

Breon Dixon, 2017 LB, Suwanee (Ga.) Peachtree Ridge
Dixon was among the top linebackers Sunday and he is only a freshman. He is athletic and showed good lateral quickness in the drills. Peachtree Ridge has a good class in 2017 and he projects as one of their top prospects. When his number was called in the Showcase, he rose to the occasion and performers.

Nygel Edmonds, 2016 CB, Atlanta (Ga.) Westminster
Edmonds was slowed down a little bit late in the day due to a tight hamstring, but he could be one of the top defensive prospects in Georgia's next class. The 2016 defensive back has good size and good awareness. He is not flashy, but he gets his hands on balls and he can play on and off the ball. He is closing in on double-digit offers.

Jordan Griffin, 2016 CB, Jonesboro (Ga.)
Size is what schools are looking for in cornerbacks now and Griffin is just under 6-1. He weighs 172 pounds and he is fluid. He still needs to improve his footwork, but he has will be a prospect we are talking about in the coming months. He has good reaction quickness and he likes to play physical.

Mecole Hardman, 2016 ATH, Elberton (Ga.) Elbert County
It has been a great week for Hardman already. He was in the discussion for Top Underclassman at the MVP Camp after working out at corner and a little at wide receiver. Just over 24 hours after the camp came to an end, Wisconsin offered him. Then on Tuesday, Kentucky offered. He is both quick and fast at corner with good size (5-11) and ball skills. More will offer soon.

Jaden Hunter, 2017 OLB, Atlanta (Ga.) Riverwood
Hunter played end as a freshman last season, but he is likely an outside linebacker down the road. He is an athlete first off. Hunter checked in Sunday at 6-2, 194 pounds and was clocked at 4.8 seconds in the 40 yard dash. He is a kid who can move with the frame to add good weight. Expect to hear more about him in the coming years.

Antwuan Jackson, 2016 DL, Ellenwood (Ga.) Cedar Grove
Most know Jackson, not just because he is the younger brother of 2014 South Carolina signee Bryson Allen-Williams. Jackson has made a name for himself. At 6-3, 273 pounds, he is versatile on the defensive line. He could be recruited as a big end or as a quick tackle. He has very good feet and long arms to help disengage.

Tobias Little, 2016 LB, Atlanta (Ga.) Mays
If anyone stood out more than this underclassman Sunday, tell me about him. Little is a 6-1, 236 pound linebacker with offers from Clemson and Georgia Tech, but that number will grow soon. He looks like a college linebacker now and he is definitely best going north-south, but the way he ran with the smaller running backs stood out a lot. One to know for sure.

B.J. Sharpe, 2017 DE, Macon (Ga.) Rutland
Sharpe had to leave early in the day due to a family emergency, but for the second year in a row, he caught my eye. The 6-4, 218 pounder now is a freshman and he has huge hands, very long arms, and a frame to add a lot of weight too. He still has over three years of high school remaining and he is one to watch. He weighed 189 pounds a year ago at the MVP Camp, so he has gained almost 30 pounds

6th Annual Bradley Pigskin Open



The 6th Annual Bradley Pigskin Open has been officially scheduled and confirmed to be played

at Chatata Valley Golf Course Sunday, May 18th. This years golf tournament will coincide and 

wrap up the football teams spring practice. This is our biggest fundraising event and

all Bear fans are incouraged to participate by playing in the open or becoming a sponsor to help

raise support for the Bradley Football program. There are a number of packages available to  

individuals or businesses who want to help raise support for our student-athletes to become

the best that they can be on and off the field. You can find these Sponsor Packages within the website

under the Booster Club Tab. Those who want to play or become a sponsor may

contact Coach Floyd  (423) 650-2566 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Matt Moody (423) 413-8737

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Bear for Life James Stovall Ready to Prove Himself with the Mocs


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Chattanooga-(WDEF) James Stovall committed to play college ball at UTC before a change of heart had him going to the Naval Academy. But after a year at the Naval Prep Academy, the former Bradley Central stand-out retuned home to Chattanooga.

 And now he's working to prove himself this spring.

   When James Stovall decided to leave the Naval Academy, it was a no-brainer to attend UTC.

"It was real easy for me to come back when I decided I didn't want to go to the academy. This is the school I wanted to come to for sure."

 Mocs head coach Russ Huesman was happy to get Stovall last summer, but he had to redshirt him.

"He wasn't ready. Typical freshman even though he was up there, I believe he blocked every snap while he was up there. We're not sure if he caught any balls while he was there. So he had to learn to be a wide receiver and not just a blocker."

  But Huesman says Stovall will play a lot this fall.

"The transformation from then till now has been remarkable. He has looked like a really, really good receiver."

Added Stovall,"I'm anxious. I'm ready to get the season going. Feel like I can do good things for the team. Just going to keep getting better and hopefully do more than a SoCon Championship this year."

  Stovall should be a solid target at 6'2, 200-pounds.

Said Huesman,"He's a very athletic guy. Can jump. He's physical. He can bend his knees. So he has got a lot of physical ability."

  Stovall has already used his athleticism to help the Mocs track team with the triple jump.

Said Stovall,"It's the hop, skip, and jump."

Reporter-"Does that help you in football at all?"

"Probably not. I just like to compete. Anything I'm good at, I want to compete."

  For now, Stovall is loving life with the Chattanooga Mocs.

"I just like being here. I'm a family man. I love this city. There is no where else I would rather be right now than here."

2014 District 5-AAA Schedule Analysis


By Eric Smith

Starting with District 5-AAA, this will be the first part of an extensive 24 part series, looking at non-league schedules for each team, evaluating them and then ranking them. Several factors will come into play on ranking a team's schedule, such as the team's class, talent level and the level of competition in which their non-league opponents play in. Don't forget you can also compare the individual schedules So without further delay.............

Combined records of oppponents:

1.) Walker Valley (33-14)

2.) Bradley Central (30-17)

3.) McMinn Co. (29-19)

4.) Cleveland (29-20)

5.) East Hamilton (28-17)

6.) Soddy Daisy (27-20)

7.) Ooltewah (22-23)

2014 Schedule Evaluation:

Bradley Central: Opponents in 2014 are Polk Co. (9-3), Riverdale (4-6), Hixson (9-4), and Signal Mountain (8-4). While 3 of Bradley Central's 4 opponents play at least 2 classes lower than they do, they are still pretty solid teams. Hixson had one of the best years they have ever had. Riverdale's record may have been 4-6, but they closed the season very well, finishing 3rd in District 7-AAA, ahead of two teams that made the playoffs (Siegel and Smyrna). Bradley Central has mostly been a average AAA team over the years, so while this schedule isnt overly difficult, it does help them get ready for district play.

Cleveland: Opponents in 2014 are Chattanooga McCallie (4-8), Cookeville (6-5), Wilson Central (6-5), and Knoxville West (13-2). Cleveland gets high marks for scheduling a powerhouse like Knoxville West in the regular season (also played them in the 5A semifinals), and McCallie wasnt as bad as their record indicates, playing in the brutal Middle/East district of Divsion II-AA. Cookeville and Wilson Central were pretty average last year, but credit Cleveland for schedule 2 6A teams that made the playoffs. At this point in Ron Crawford's tenure, Cleveland should start challenging for championships. This schedule helps them do that.

East Hamilton: Opponents in 2014 are Signal Mountain (8-4), Dobyns-Bennett (6-5), Riverdale (4-6), and Rhea County (10-2). Most year this would be a powerhouse schedule, but Dobyns-Bennett and Riverdale each had years that were uncharacteristic for the history of each program. However, Signal Mountain keeps on plugging and Rhea County looks like a legit 5A contender after posting 10 wins in 2013. Both Riverdale and D-B should make signicant improvements in 2014, which makes this as tough as any non-league schedule in 5-AAA.

McMinn County: Opponents in 2014 are McMinn Central (4-6), Chattanooga McCallie (4-8), Alcoa (14-1), and Oak Ridge (7-4). Not a bad schedule, by any means, but in terms of overall strength, it falls short of the previous teams mentioned. Of course, Alcoa is going to be a tough out for any team in the state. Oak Ridge and McCallie were average teams, whice McMinn Central is a rivalry game. Schedule could be tough, but given the talent level of McMinn County, it is not like they are ducking the competition.

Ooltewah: Opponents in 2014 are Brainerd (3-7), Siegel (8-4), Tyner Academy (5-7), and Dobyns-Bennett (6-5). This schedule certainly had some promise at the start of the 2013 season, but the combined record of these teams was 22-23, making Ooltewah the only schedule in 5-AAA that had a non-league combined record of under. 500 (22-23). Certainly like to think that Tyner and D-B wont strugggle for long, but Siegel will be rebuilding and not much for Brainerd to be a playoff-caliber team any time soon.\

Soddy-Daisy: Opponents in 2014 Hixson (9-4), Red Bank (3-7), Tyner Academy (5-7), and Rhea Co. (10-2). Soddy Daisy's schedule is a mix of the good and the bad. On the good side, Hixson and Rhea County had arguably one of their best teams ever, for both programs. On the bad side, Tyner finished 5-7 and Red Bank continued their recent slide going 3-7. Like Bradley, Soddy-Daisy has been a roughly a mediocre-average program lately, so having a schedule that features a little bit of both isnt a bad thing.

Walker Valley: Opponents in 2014 are East Ridge (5-6), Sequoyah (9-3), Rhea Co. (10-2), and Polk Co. (9-3). Even when you consider that many of these teams play at least classes lower than, its not a bad schedule for a team like Walker Valley that is trying to work its way up. Unfortunately, that does not do much in helping them get ready for league play, which was not very kind to Walker Valley at all. This is a type of schedule that if you suffer any loss to any other than Rhea County, it is probably not going to bode well for your overall season.

2014 Schedule Rankings:

1.) East Hamilton

2.) Cleveland

3.) Bradley Central

4.) Walker Valley

5.) Soddy-Daisy

6.) McMinn Co.

7. Ooltewah


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District Overall Record

Last Five Years

Teams Overall District
Ooltewah 39-20 20-10
McMinn_County 33-22 22-8
New_Football_Helmet_2 32-23 19-11
East_Hamilton 30-27 6-4
Cleveland 29-27 18-12
Soddy_Daisy 21-31 11-19
Walker_Valley 12-39 4-26

Latest News

The Bradley Bears will start spring

practice August 29th. The Bears will

travel to The Baylor School to square

off with the Red Raiders May 13th and

then cross the river and face the Golden

Eagles of Rhea Co. on May 17th to end

Spring Drills. 

Alumni Game Tickets Now Available

Tickets for the first annual Bradley/

Cleveland Alumni football game are

now available to purchase for those

who plan to attend the game. The

Alumni game is scheduled to be played

at Bear Stadium April 25th, at 7:30.

Those attending are reminded that only

money raised from the Pre-Sale tickets

will go back to Bradley and Cleveland

Football Programs. These funds will be

distributed 50/50 between both football

programs. Pre-Sale tickets may be

purchased at Cooke’s Food Store, IPT

Cellular, Cleveland Tire Center, Town

Squire, Gobble Automotive or Medical

Center Pharmacy. You may also contact

Head Football Coach Damon Floyd at

423-650-2566 or Matt Moody at

423-413-8737. Hope to see you there.

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)

Bradley vs. Cleveland Alumni Game

The first annual Bradley/Cleveland

Alumni Football game has been

approved and plans are well underway

by both programs to make the first 

year a success. Southeastern Football

Rivals will be facilitating this event,

providing the equipment, promotion, 

and videography. The game is

scheduled to be played at Bear Stadium

April 25th. at 7:30. For more information

on the game or to sign-up click on

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. 

Bear Winter Workouts Have Begun

The Bears have started manditory winter

workouts for any student 9-12 that is

interested in playing football for the

2014 season. Players participating in

another sport are not required to attend.

Workouts will be on Mondays, Tuesdays

and Thursdays from 4:00 untill 5:00. Any

8th grader who is planning to attend

Bradley Central is encouraged to attend

and become a part of the Relentless

Pride and Honored Tradition of Bradley



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. 


Bradley Pigskin Open a Success

The 4th Annual Bradley Pigskin Open

was a complete success as the

participants dodged the rain at Chatata

Valley Golf Course to help raise money

for the upcoming football season. The

winning team of Jarrod Neuharth, Brian

Copeland, Gary Davis, and Brent

Copeland came into the clubhouse with

an 18 under. Coach Floyd would like to

thank everyone who participated in this

years event that help make it successful.

Shane's Rib Shack provided the 

wonderful lunch for all of the participants.

The Bear family would also like to thank

the Fetners for taking pictures for this

years event and providing each player

with a team photo.


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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