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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.

Bears look sharp at Lenior City

Freshman Quarterback Jake Pressley takes the snap during scrimmage with Telico Plains
The Bears took a trip up the interstate and looked very crisp during their 7 on 7 workout at Lenior City
High School. The Panthers hosted the four way passing scrimmage that also included Telico Plains and
Knox Catholic. The format was a 30 play scrimmage with each team getting 10 plays per possesion. The
ball started on the 40 yard line and moved with each possesion. The ball was brought back to the 40 after
each score or interception.
Bradley worked against host Lenior City the first session rotating in 10 different receivers with 9 of them
catching at least one pass throughout the 30 play session. Sophomore Cole Copeland took snaps at
quarterback the first 20 plays while Junior Tyler Carpenter took snaps the last 10 plays. Both
quarterbacks looked sharp leading the team to multiple touchdowns on each 10 play possesion. The
defense looked just as sharp limiting the offense to one touchdown in each of the first two possesions
and shutting the host team out on its final possesion. Malik Temple helped the cause with two picks
during the Lenoir City session.
"It was good to see our recievers respond with a good first session to set the tone for the rest of the
scrimmage after a slow start at Maryville yesterday. I believe eight different recievers caught multiple
passes that first session with Lenior City with Aziz's (El Qadi) only reception a touchdown." commented
an elated Coach Freeman.
"I thought our defense came out a little slow, we had a few breakdowns early which lead to them getting
over the top a couple of times but for the most part we were solid. Malik really gave us a boost with those
two picks which helped set the tone the rest of the day" stated Coach Floyd.
The Bears turned it up a notch the next session as they took on Knox Catholic, a 4-A preseason top ten.
The Offense got things started as Cole Copeland lead the team to two touchdowns finding sophomore Ty
Beavers and senior Christian Hamilton in the end zone on its first 10 possesions. Copeland would take all
30 snaps in this session finding the end zone seven times with Junior Swan Parker (3 TD's) and Christian
Hamilton with (2 TD's) leading the way while Daniel Clark added a touchdown grab rounding out the
scoring for the Bears. The defense would stiffen in this session keeping the high powered Catholic
offense out of the end zone the first 10 plays of the session. The highlight was an interception in the end
zone by Christian Hamilton. The defense would only give up one touchdown on each of the next two
Catholic possesions.
 "Our intensity really picked up against Catholic, I was very pleased with the way we competed and got
after it defensively. Christian's pick in the end zone got us going defensively and our defense really
battled the rest of the session" stated Coach Floyd
 "We are starting to communicate better in the secondary. I have been really pleased by Trevon Ware's
play at corner. He is playing with lots of passion and intensity. We have to continue to find depth at safety
to give Carp (Tyler Carpenter) and Daniel some breathers on defense" commented Coach Floyd.
  "I thought our defense really help pick up the offense during the Catholic Session, after (Christian)
Hamilton's pick the offense caught fire during our next 10 plays. Daniel (Clark) really made some big time
catches and Swan (Parker) really showed he can be a verticle threat for us" commented Coach Freeman.
   "I think Cole is really progressing, I have to keep telling myself he is just still a sophomore. He is getting
better with his reads and coverages. I have to do a better job of getting Carp reps at quarterback but its
hard with him playing both ways and trying to give him breaks" stated Coach Freeman.
   "I like the depth we have at receiver. Daniel and Carp provide experience while sophomore's Trevon Hill
and Ty Beavers are continuing to improve, while Swan Parker (Jr.)  and Christian Hamilton are starting to
be more consistant. Bryan Adams (Sr) and Tanner Cox (Sr) are our best route runners and both have great
hands" praised Coach Freeman
The young Bears got to see action the last session against Telico Plains. Tyler Carpenter got the first ten
reps at quarterback then handed over the reins to two freshman Jake Pressley and Brock Gibson.
Carpenter would connect with freshman Nick Howell to give the Bears a touchdown in their first
possesion. Both freshman quarterbacks got quality reps with Pressley getting the majority, as they
faced Telico's varsity defense. Pressley teamed up with Freshman Devon Moore and Jeffrey Brewer for
a couple of touchdown throws. Defensively the Bears were led by Freshman Nick Howell as he came up
with a nice interception.
   "It was good to get the young guys in, although they had to go against mostly varsity competition, they
responded well and played hard. We haven't got a lot of offense in with them but they executed what we
have put in" commented Coach Freeman.
   "I am pleased with the progress of our freshman quarterbacks Jake, Brock and Hogan (Higgins). Jake
has really worked hard and has the strongest arm of the bunch. I am really excited about Nick Howell
and Devon Moore, both have very good size and are very athletic while already seeing some varsity
action" stated Coach Freeman.
   "Defensively we have very few coverages in, so it showed at times. We are still trying to figure out who
needs to play where and what helps the team the most, but I am pleased with our effort and the way we
compete. This is one of our better groups of freshman so we are excited about the future. Overall I am
excited about this freshman class, we have 32 of them which is the most we have had in a while. These
guys are very athletic and have the potential to make a big impact on our program." stated to Coach Floyd.
   "It was a good day for the us overall, we competed at a high level and got better. We have UTC coming
up on Saturday so we have our work cut out for us. For us, this is about learning to compete every play
using good techniques, and learning from our mistakes" commented Coach Floyd.

Bears get work with defending 6-A champs Maryville


Bears Offense gets lined up against Maryville's Defense 

    The Bradley Bears traveled to defending 6-A champion Maryville High School to work

against the Rebels in a controlled 7 on 7 passing scrimmage. Both teams had 10 plays

in which the ball was brought back to the same line of scrimmage after each play. Both

teams looked very solid on defense as quarterbacks on each side had to throw to there check 

down recievers on most plays.

    "Our defense did really well taking away the verticle routes and making the quarterback throw

to his underneath routes or to his checkdowns. Maryville executes so well in the passing game

and their quaterbacks are very disciplined in their reads, they don't make many mistakes throwing

into coverage. They have good recievers who don't drop many passes, so its good to go agaisnt

such a quality opponent" stated Coach Floyd. 

   Offensively both teams executed very well at the quaterback position. Quaterbacks from both

teams went through reads effectively and made accurate throws. Maryville had the better day at the

reciever position as Bradley had multiple drops on the day.

    "Cole had a better day today reading the defense and making the right decision on which receiver to

throw to. We are a young team receiver wise with only Daniel (Clark) coming back who started every game

at receiver. I was pleased with some of our younger recievers Trevon Hill and Ty Beavers. Both of them

got behind the Maryville defense for some big catches over the top. Swan Parker and Bryan Adams also

had a good day. Sure handed Tanner Cox and Daniel Clark struggled early in the scrimmage with some

balls they usually dont drop but both responded well as seniors and finished strong at the scrimmage, "

stated Coach Freeman.

  "Overall I am very pleased with the results of our scrimmage with Maryville. There is room for

improvement and we got to see a lot from our younger guys today" Coach Floyd commented.

Bears get first taste of competition


 Senior Daniel Clark had a big day at the passing scrimmage held at Heritage High School with 5 TD's 

by JOE CANNON Banner Assistant Sports Editor


RINGGOLD, Ga. — The 2014 Bradley Central football squad got its first taste of competition Thursday evening with a short road trip south of the state line.

The Bears traveled to Heritage High School in Ringgold, Ga., to participate in 7-on-7 action against Coach E.K. Slaughter’s new team and East Ridge, which is picked to win the District 6-AA title by local media. Gordon Lee (Ga.) was scheduled to be there but didn’t attend.

“It went well. We competed hard and played hard,” declared Bear assistant coach Keith Freeman this morning. “Our defense played really well.”

“We’ve got a lot of new faces and this was our first taste under fire. We responded well,” he assessed. “We also got to have a session with our freshmen guys taking on Heritage’s JV (junior varsity).”

With the Bears under the direction of the latest in a long line of successful Copeland quarterbacks, 6-foot-2 sophomore Cole Copeland took the reins to direct the offense.

“Cole looked good. He threw the ball well and made good decisions,” Coach Freeman commented.

“Daniel Clark also had a really nice night, catching five touchdown passes,” the Bear assistant said of the 6-foot-3 senior wide receiver. 

“We used a 12-play format and didn’t really keep score,” he added.

Bradley will play in a trio of 7-on-7 events next week with trips to Maryville (Tuesday), Lenoir City (Wednesday) and the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga (July 19).

Cleveland High will open their 7-on-7 passing league play Saturday at Maryville College. The Blue Raiders will travel to Chattanooga twice next week, heading to Boyd-Buchanan Tuesday evening and UTC Saturday.

Read more: Cleveland Daily Banner - Bears get first taste of competition



2014 District 5-AAA Schedule Analysis


By Eric Smith tnvarsity.rivals.com

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








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

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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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