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Bears come up short at Signal Mountain


Trevon Ware causes a fumble as Daniel Clark and Ryan Still look to recover

by JOE CANNON Banner Assistant Sports Editor

SIGNAL MOUNTAIN — Despite taking a completely new approach, the result was familiar for Bradley Central Friday night against former coach Bill Price's third-ranked (4A) Signal Mountain squad.

"We knew their front seven were extremely tough. We've haven't had a lot of success running the ball this year, so we decided to spread it out and pass the ball," commented current Bear head coach Damon Floyd after his squad threw 44 passes and ran the ball just a dozen times in the contest.

Using an "empty backfield" lineup with five wide receivers, Bradley did move the ball for better than 300 yards but failed to score on four trips inside the Red Zone in a 27-7 final.

"It's very frustrating to move the ball so well and get that close, but then not be able to get into the end zone," Coach Floyd bemoaned. "Once again this week, we played a lot better in the second half than we did the first. We've got to come out ready to play from the beginning."

The powerful host Eagles ran 51 plays from scrimmage for 351 yards and built a 20-0 advantage in the first 24 minutes, before each team scored just once in the final two quarters. The Bear defense held the hosts to 123 yards of offense in the second half.

Signal Mountain piled up 404 yards on 72 carries in the contest, plus tacked on 70 more yards on a half dozen completions, while taking a total of 83 offensive snaps.

"They got a lot of yardage after our first hits," stated Floyd. "We've got to wrap people up and bring them down when we first make contact."

Despite dropping their third of five games so far this season, the Bear mentor was pleased with some of the things he saw.

"Our offensive line played unbelievable and provided tremendous protection for (QB) Cole (Copeland), especially considering we had two new starters up front, one of which is a freshman," Floyd related. Bradley had a trio of senior linemen, all of which had been starters at one time, quit the team after the loss to Walker Valley.

"We found some young guys who want to play," the Bradley coach proclaimed. "Ryan and Cason Still, Hunter Duggan fought their rears off and have earned more playing time. Altogether we played about 60 guys."

"I'll guarantee you this — we aren't going to quit. We will find 11 guys who are willing to fight on every play and won't lay down," declared Floyd. "I don't care what grade they are in. We are going to play whoever shows they are willing to give their all on every play."

Bradley will play its third state-ranked team of the season Friday as District 5-AAA leader Ooltewah comes to Bear Stadium. In a battle of unbeaten teams, the sixth-ranked (5A) Owls knocked off No. 7 (6A) Dobyns-Bennett 42-24 in Kingsport this week.

The Bears came out of the gate strong Friday, as junior Trevon Ware stripped the ball loose from an Eagle ball carrier on the fourth play of the game and teammate Jamey Billups pounced on it.

Bradley's offense went to the air on its first nine plays, including a 23-yard fake punt toss from freshman Nick Howell to junior Tyler Carpenter to move the ball to the Signal Mountain 15.

After a four-yard run by senior Christian Hamilton and pair of incomplete passes, Bradley was faced with a fourth-and-6 from the 11. Having Copeland keep the ball, the sophomore signal caller appeared on his way for the first down but after just four yards slipped on the turf and fell short of the yard marker.

Taking over on its own 7, Coach Price's Eagles did what they do best — power running. Finding paydirt on its next three possessions, Signal Mountain (6-0) used 11 plays on the first drive with sophomore Sky'E Wilson carrying the majority of the Bear defense over the goal line with him on a 16-yard run for the game's first score.

Wilson, who had all four Eagle touchdowns on the evening, capped the next two scoring drives with runs of three and two yards. The first march went 63 yards on nine plays, while the second, which started on Signal Mountain's own 11 after another failed Bear fourth-down conversion attempt, used 14 plays.

After getting his team's attention at the intermission, Floyd's crew had an immediate response with an eight-play scoring drive to open the second half. Copeland completed all half dozen passes on the march, including a short pass to Daniel Clark on a fourth-and-1 play the senior turned into a 42-yard touchdown.

After the teams traded three-and-out possessions, Bradley stopped an Eagle penetration into the Red Zone when Ware not only caused his second fumble of the night but was able to recover it as well at the 19.

Unfortunately for the visitors, they handed the ball right back to the hosts with an interception on the very next play.

Taking advantage of the short field situation, Signal Mountain needed just four plays to cover the 25 yards to paydirt with Wilson bulling in from five yards out with 27 ticks left in the third frame for the game's final score.

Bradley tried to answer on the ensuing possession, marching 79 yards to the Eagle 1 yard line, but back-to-back tackles behind the line of scrimmage set up a third-and-goal from the 6, but once again Signal Mountain thwarted the scoring threat, this time with Chris Feemster's second interception just in front of the goal line.

The Eagles were averaging 47.6 points a game coming into the contest, with Friday's 27 being their lowest out put of the season.

Wilson finished with 125 yards on 21 carries, but senior Kaleb Menzel topped the Eagle totals with 158 yards on 29 carries. Signal Mountain QB Jack Teter completed 6-of-11 passes, hitting five different receivers while going over the 1,000-yard mark for the campaign.

Copeland connected on 29-of-43 aerials for 265 yards, putting him at 971 yards on the season while completing better than 62 percent of his passes.

Five Bear receivers caught passes with Hamilton pulling in eight for 76 yards, while senior Bryan Adams snagged nine for 70.

Clark covered 63 yards on his half dozen receptions, with Carpenter gaining 40 on six catches to up his area-leading mark to 368 yards on the campaign. Sophomore Trevon Hill snagged the other Bear passes for 39 yards.

Read more: Cleveland Daily Banner - Red Zone struggles continue to plague Bears

J.V. Bears Tame Mustangs

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

by Tyler Graves Banner Intern
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

Bears Fall to Mustangs


Trevon Ware scampers toward the End Zone

by JOE CANNON Banner Assistant Sports Editor

A pack of crazed, wild monkeys were last seen searching through northern Bradley County for a new home after being cast off the backs of the Walker Valley football team.

"It's not really a rivalry until you are able to get a win," explained the veteran coach of the "signature" victory. "We have been looking for this (win) to help establish ourselves with the great programs at Bradley and Cleveland."

Claiming their first football victory in 10 meetings with the school from which many of their students came when it opened in 2001, Walker Valley has a pair of wins (2004, 2008) in 13 battles against Cleveland. The Mustangs (3-2, 1-1 District 5-AAA) and Blue Raiders (2-3, 1-1 District 5-AAA) will play each other this season on Oct 17 at Benny Monroe Stadium.

Walker Valley will host Polk County (0-4) Friday evening for its annual homecoming festivities, while Bradley (2-2, 0-1) will travel to fourth-ranked (4A) Signal Mountain (5-0) to face former BCHS coach Bill Price's high-flying Eagles.

Playing a fast-paced, no-huddle offense, it took the Mustangs just a little over two minutes to run seven plays and find the end zone Friday evening.

Returning the opening pooch kick to its own 39, Walker Valley's new "hurry-up style" saw running back Alex King gain two and three yards on his first two tries before busting loose on a 25-yard scamper. The sophomore Stallion gained 160 yards on 28 carries in the victory to push his area-leading season total to 510 yards.

Junior Avery Jones got the first of his 71 yards on the evening with a 22-yard dash on the next play to move the ball into the Red Zone at the Bear 9 yard line.

Three plays later, King bulled over from three yards out with 9:47 left on the opening quarter clock. Senior Kevin Sabany added the extra-point kick to push the lead to 7-0.

Not to be outdone, the Mustang defense came out just as strong as their teammates from the other side of the ball. They forced the Bears to go three-and-out after a tipped pass and a near interception on the first play, a tackle by senior linebacker Corey Castello for a four-yard loss on the second and another incomplete aerial on the third play.

After a short punt rolled dead at the Bear 39, the Mustang offense went right back to work. Using just six plays to get back in the Red Zone, but this time the Bradley defense rose to the occasion, stopping the hosts cold on back-to-back plays at the 5 yard line to force the ball to be turned over on downs.

After using 14 plays to go 36 yards, the Bears had to punt once again, but after a high snap and quick kick the ball only went 14 yards, setting up the Mustangs on their own 40. Three plays later, the Black-and-Gold took the ball back when junior Trevon Ware pounced on a fumble.

Bradley was able to penetrate WV territory, but a half dozen plays later gave the ball back with the first off its three turnovers on the night, this one a pass tipped by Castello and picked off by classmate Reed Jacobs.

Being able to pick up just one first down, on a 31-yard jaunt by King, The Mustangs had to punt the ball away with David Thompson pinning the Bears back on their own 10 yard line. Four plays later, the visitors coughed up their second turnover as Mustang senior Jake Johnson recovered a fumble on the sideline at the Bear 29 with 2:38 to go in the opening half.

Keeping the ball on the ground on all but one play, WV needed nine plays to cover the yardage to paydirt, with freshman quarterback Kolten Gibson faking the ball to King and then scooting around left end for a 12-yard touchdown in his first varsity start.

Sabany tacked on his 15th extra point in as many tries this season for a 14-0 Walker Valley lead at the intermission.

After the entertaining band performances, the second half didn't appear to start any better for the visitors, before an odd play swung the pendulum the other way.

The first offensive play resulted in an 18-yard loss when the opening snap sailed over the 6-foot-3 Bear quarterback's head. Another near interception, this one by senior Eldridge Johnson, plus a tackle for loss at the 5 yard line by Brendan Gilbert, forced another Bradley punt.

Standing at the back of his end zone, 6-foot-2 senior Daniel Clark had to leap to save the ball from going out of the end zone for a safety. When he came down and made a quick kick, a Mustang got a hand on the ball, knocking it into the pile at the line of scrimmage. Ware came away from the scrum with the ball and broke loose for a 59-yard gain to retain possession for the Bears at the Mustang 37 yard line.

Five plays later sophomore signal caller Cole Copeland hit Clark with a 29-yard touchdown pass. The PAT kick by Logan Snyder cut the deficit in half with 7:47 left to play in the third frame.

Riding the wave to the momentum shift, the Bear defense came up big on the ensuing possession when sophomore Hunter Duggan stopped a Mustang ball carrier short of the first down marker on a fourth-and-2 play at midfield.

Two plays later, Bradley found paydirt again, this time on a 59-yard hookup between Copeland and junior Tyler Carpenter, the area's leading receiver with 328 yards on 13 catches for a better than 25 yards per reception average. However, the extra point attempt slipped wide left, allowing the hosts to maintain a one-point edge with 4:50 on the third quarter clock.

Undaunted by its opponent's two scores within three minutes, Walker Valley regained its composure after the ensuing kickoff and drove inside the Red Zone once again behind the strength of a 26-yard run by Gibson and King breaking free for a dozen before Clark made a TD-saving tackle.

After the march stalled at the Bear 15, Coach Ryan sent Sabany onto the field and the senior booted his third field goal of the season, this one from 32 yards out for what turned out to be the game's final points with 2:28 left in the third quarter.

Walker Valley finished with 298 yards of offense, including King adding a seven-yard reception to his 160 rushing yards, while the Bears posted 238 yards with 140 of it coming on three plays — the 59-yard scoop and run by Ware, plus the two TD tosses to Clark (29 yards) and Carpenter (52 yards).

Along with the three takeaways, the Mustang defense had 10 tackles for loss, including sacks by senior Dallas Kuykendall and Gilbert. The Bradley "D" made a half dozen tackles behind the line of scrimmage.

"Cooper Melton has been out for two weeks with mono, but when he got the OK to play today, he wanted to be in there and be a part of this tonight," the coach said of the sophomore wide out's two catches for 31 yards, plus his blocking, which included a key block to help spring Gibson into the end zone.

"Give Walker Valley credit. They out coached us and out played us," assessed Bear head coach Damon Floyd. "My guys weren't ready to play and that's on me. We're not executing and making way too many mental mistakes."

"We've got to do a better job of playing the whole four quarters. We haven't done that yet this year," he added. "Our schedule only gets tougher (playing sixth-ranked Ooltewah and then Cleveland after going to Signal Mountain this week), so we've got to go back to the drawing board and get ready for next week."

Recently retired Walker Valley teacher and athletic supporter Rudy Felton was honored before the game with a No. 41 Mustang jersey to commemorate his years of service in the Bradley County school system. Felton, who helped coach girls' basketball at Bradley Junior High, began his teaching career in 1973 at Bradley Elementary (now Ocoee Middle School).

Read more: Cleveland Daily Banner - Stangs stampede to milestone win

Defense Leads Bears to Victory

   Bradley_defense_vs_hixonHixon's Hixon's Quarterback is tackled for a loss by a Den of Bears

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

Read more: Cleveland Daily Banner - Bears win ugly


Bears Fall To Riverdale


Swan Parker gets extra yardage after the catch

by JOE CANNON Banner Assistant Sports Editor
MURFREESBORO — The good news is Bradley Central's offense got into the Red Zone five times Friday night, including four in the first half.

The bad news is the Bears crossed the goal line just once.

Meanwhile, the host Riverdale squad found paydirt on six of its last eight possessions for a 42-7 payback of last year's loss at Bear Stadium.

"When you get that close that many times and don't score and then they (the opponent) is able to put a couple of touchdowns on the (score)board, it's easy to get disheartened, but our kids kept fighting," commented Bradley head coach Damon Floyd. "We went toe-to-toe for three quarters with what we feel like is one of the top teams in the state, so we feel good about that."

Now 1-1 on the season, the Bears will get an extra week to make some needed adjustments before playing host to Hixson (1-1) on Sept. 12.

"The off week is coming at a good time," Floyd remarked. "We've still got some good competition going on between some guys for playing time and starting positions. We'll be able to take a look and tweak some things, plus we'll be able to get in a little more conditioning."

Bradley got off to a strong start with a double-move sideline pass from sophomore QB Cole Copeland to junior wide out Tyler Carpenter that covered 71 yards and put the ball on the Riverdale 9 yard line. Unfortunately in a sign of troubles to come, the Bears had to settle for a 25-yard field goal try four plays later, but the snap skipped and Carpenter, who is the holder for extra points and field goals, had to scoop up the ball and tied to run it in but was stopped a yard short of the goal line.

After the Warriors moved the ball just four yards on their first two plays, tailback Artavious Collier appeared to be down short of a first down on play No. 3, but he wasn't ruled down and was able to bounce back up and break lose of on a 41-yard run before Bear senior Daniel Clark ran him down from behind to save a touchdown.

Two plays later, Riverdale coughed the ball up, and Bradley senior defensive lineman Logahn McAmis pounced on the pigskin near midfield.

After Carpenter made a spectacular one-handed catch for a 10-yard gain on the first play after the takeaway, senior running back Christian Hamilton broke off a 12-yard run before Copeland moved the ball to the Warrior 12 with 13 yards on back-to-back carries. However, once again the Black-and-Gold was turned away with four straight incomplete passes, two of which were knocked away in the end zone.

The Bear defense once again rose to the occasion, allowing the hosts just one first down before forcing a punt. Riverdale kicker Kyle Bennett, who had just two of his seven kickoffs in the contest to not reach the end zone, boomed a 65-yard punt.

Starting on their own 11, Bradley put together an 11-play march that included a 22-yard run by Copeland, a 22-yard pass completion to Hamilton and a 12-yarder to Swan Parker. Copeland finished off the lone Bear scoring drive with a 15-yard dash to the pylon with 41 ticks left on the opening quarter clock. Senior Logan Snyder tacked on the extra point for a 7-0 Bear advantage.

After the teams exchanged punts, with Bradley's only traveling 11 yards, Riverdale was able to get its offense going, scoring twice in the second frame for a 14-7 halftime advantage. With both scoring drive starting near midfield, the Warriors needed seven plays to go 48 yards on its first trip to paydirt and just five to cover 53 yards on the second just a little over three minutes later.

Bradley had one more chance to put points on the board in the opening half when Parker returned the kickoff after the second Riverdale score 47 yards to the Warrior 43. The Bears were able to move the ball into the Red Zone at the 14, but were stacked up on a fourth-and-inches play.

After the intermission, the Warrior offense, aided by some laundry on the field, was able to score in four of its five second half possessions.

"We had four personal fouls called on us in a half. We haven't had four (unsportsmanlike penalties) called on us in a year. I got one just for asking what one of the flags was for," remarked Floyd, whose team had just one flag (for holding) thrown on them in the opening half.

The first unsportsmanlike penalty came on a fourth down play when the Bears had stopped the Warriors short at the Bradley 20, but the flag gave the hosts a first down at the 13. They scored four plays later.

Another prevented a Bear first down and instead gave them a third-and-15. They had to punt on the next play, giving Riverdale the ball near midfield, from where they scored four plays later.

The back-to-back flags to begin the next Warrior possession put them at the Bear 40, once again needing just four plays to find the end zone.

"I'm not trying to make excuses or say that's what beat us — we didn't score when we had the opportunities, and we didn't keep them out of the end zone — but it sure made it tough," Floyd stated.

Bradley's lone trip to the Red Zone in the second half came in its next-to-last possession on a 14-play, 73-yard march to the Warrior 7, before back-to-back incompletions stalled the scoring threat.

The Bears finished with 328 yards of offense with Copeland completing 16-of-32 passes for 221 yards, plus rushing the ball 18 times for 63 more.

For the second week in a row, Carpenter went over the century mark in reception yardage with 115 yards on five catches. Hamilton finished with 61 total yards 39 on five receptions and 22 on 10 carries.

Riverdale senior transfer QB Cortland Owens connected on 13-of-19 aerials for 197 yards, with Collier totaling 127 yards on 15 carries and a reception. Junior running back Austin Bryant helped out with 77 yards on 11 rushes and a pair of catches, while junior wide out Marquis Cantrell pulled in seven passes for 104 yards.

Including a 21-0 win over Siegel in the opening week, the Warriors are now 2-0 on the season and face nationally-ranked Blackman Friday.

Read more: Cleveland Daily Banner - Red Zone difficulties costly for Bears







District Overall Record

Teams Overall District
Ooltewah 6-0 2-0
McMinn_County 0-5 0-1
New_Football_Helmet_2 2-3 0-1
East_Hamilton 1-4 1-1
Cleveland 2-4 1-1
Soddy_Daisy 4-1 1-1
Walker_Valley 4-2 1-1

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

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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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