Trevon Hill catches one of many passes during UTC 7 on 7
By Staff Reports
The Bears have been busy the past two weeks participating in a multitude of passing league scrimmages including Saturday's annual UTC 7 on 7. Bradley went 3-3 on the day as the Bears competed against strong competition from around the southeast.
"Defensively I was pleased with our overall effort all day, but I thought our offense got off to a slow start in the morning session but really responded well in the afternoon session," Coach Floyd responded, "We have a lot of new faces on offense and it showed with some early drops. The good thing is we didn't have many busted routes so that is a big improvement from the first week."
"I thought Cole had a great day along with Carp, its just gonna take some time to get the rest of our young players to play at the level of these two. It was good to see Trevon Hill stretch the field vertically as well as catching some balls across the middle."Coach Freeman added, "I thought our sophomores Devon Moore, Nick Howell, Adam Mullis and Lameric Tucker really had a good day. It was there first time in the heat of the battle and I thought their intensity got better throughout the day. I was really pleased with Courtland Bradley, he did a great job of making plays and adjusting to some throws out of the backfield. I was also impressed with our freshman quarterback Dylan Standifer, he came in and drove the team down the field against Red Bank for a score."
"I am very proud of our effort defensively all day, it was really hot and our guys just kept playing hard all day. We are getting some great senior leadership out of Colby Alford, Zach Peak, Ryan Still, and Trevon Ware. They are grasping the defense and starting to just play," Coach Braswell stated, "Hunter Duggan had a good day along with Cason Still, both had some really good breaks on some passes. I am really proud of our sophomores, Henley Headrick, Jay Pearson, Cameron Thompson, and Jake Presley. These guys are going to be special by the time they are seniors."
"We have a couple more 7 on 7's this week, one at Heritage High School in Georgia on Tuesday then we get to go to Alcoa on Thursday." Coach Floyd stated, "We will get a lot of our young guys reps this week to try to build some depth offensively and defensively. We will get a chance to evaluate some other guys who haven't gotten many reps in some of these other passing scrimmages."
Bears Looking to Improve During 7 on 7's
Picture Day Set
Team pictures will be taken Sunday July 26th at 6:00 at Bear Stadium. Seniors will have their pictures taken with family first. Players will have picture packets for purchase for those interested. Players should be at field house no later than 5:45.
Tyler Carpenter Ranked #2 Area Receiver by River City Sports
Tyler Carpenter has been selected as the number two receiver in the area by River City Sports behind Soddy Daisy's Tre Carter. As a sophomore, Carpenter showed flashes of what he could add to the Bears offense and finished fourth on the team in receiving. As a junior, Carpenter broke out, stepping up as the Bears most effective receiver.
"Tyler is a great two sport athlete that has worked very hard in the off-season to improve his overall strength. He is going to be a big part in the success of our team because of his leadership qualities." Coach Floyd pointed out, "But what really sets "Carp" apart is his character off the field."
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound receiver caught 54 passes for 786 yards (14.5 per catch) and nine touchdowns last year. Now, a senior, and Bradley Central's unquestioned No. 1 receiver with the departure of Daniel Clark, he should have no problem repeating that success this season.
Although Bradley Central needs to develop reliable receivers outside of Carpenter to contend in Region 1-6A, his size, speed and physicality will allow him to be an impact player week in and week out. The combination of Carpenter and junior quarterback Cole Copeland are as good as any in the state, and if you told us the two would lead the area in passing and receiving this fall, we'd likely agree.
Bears Ranked 6th in River City Sports Poll
Despite being a talented team, region matchups with Maryville, Science Hill, Dobyns-Bennett and Bearden pave a very tough road for the Bradley Central Bears this season.
However, even with such a tough schedule, Bradley Central will still be one of the most talented teams in the area.
Everything starts with junior quarterback Cole Copeland, who has gained the interest of a multitude of colleges. Copeland completed 67 percent of his passes last fall for 2,317 yards and 18 touchdowns through the air. He also added another 904 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground, which made him the leading rusher on his team last season. Senior wide receiver Tyler Carpenter will return as Copeland's favorite target as he finished with 786 yards, nine touchdowns and averaged 72 yards per game last season.
The defense may be the biggest area of improvement with the addition of new defensive coordinator Cortney Braswell. He will take over a unit that has eight of their top-10 leading tacklers return and talent at almost every position.
Headlining the Bradley Central defense will be cornerback Trevon Ware, who is a long and athletic player that has a high ceiling. The rising senior is arguably one of the top defensive backs in the area and returns from a season with 34 tackles, two tackles for loss and two forced fumbles. He does a good job of cutting the field in half and forcing opposing quarterbacks to throw in the opposite direction.
As the only 6A "Super 32" school in the Chattanooga area, the Bears may have the toughest path in front of them to contend for a region championship. But that doesn't mean that the #BCNation is backing down from their competition.
Bradley's New Defensive Coordinator Up to the Challenge
Coach Braswell gives Trevon Ware some extra work
By Taylor Ellis (River City Sports)
It's 4:30 p.m. and 81 degrees when Bradley Central Defensive Coordinator Cortney Braswell orders his DB's back to the line to start over.
"First line up!" Braswell says as his group, panting and visibly fatigued, rushes back to the far side of the practice field to start their footwork drill over for the second time in a row.
"We're looking for perfection," Braswell says as his group explodes off the line and into their backpedals with their coach looking on, trying to hold back a smile.
With his new role as defensive coordinator for the Bradley Central Bears, Cortney Braswell is stepping into the unfamiliar and unfriendly realm of 6A football, something that the former Central assistant has never done before. Nonetheless, Braswell is approaching the challenges ahead with the same confidence and contagious energy that he has had throughout his coaching career, and is slowly starting to become acclimated to his new surroundings.
“The body type is certainly different here," Braswell said after the Bear's second practice of the Spring. It’s weird seeing six-foot safeties. I’m not used to that, but it’s been quite nice.”
Now entering into "Super 32 football," the Bears and Braswell's defense will be seeing the highest level of competition the state of Tennessee has to offer on a weekly basis.
Despite the tougher schedules and logistical nightmares associated with 6A football, Braswell is barely phased and feels that his defense, when given the right opportunity, will be capable of competing at a very high level come fall.
“We use the term reckless abandon," Braswell said. "We want to play with no regard for human life around us, and play hard until the whistle.”
“Your not always going to be the biggest, and your not always going to be the most talented, but we’re always going to try to play with the most effort.”
Effort will be key for the Bear's defense this year, anchored by senior cornerback Trevon Ware and junior outside linebacker Dalton Taylor.
Taylor has come on strong during spring and in the weight room, Braswell said, and is a player that did not get a lot of playing time last season.
This is not the case this season as Taylor, as Braswell put it, "has come out here and has been as physical as anybody.”
In addition to a strong linebacking core, the defensive secondary could contribute significantly to Bear's success this season. Anchored by Trevon Ware, the Bradley Central defensive backs are just as good at pass coverage as they are in run support, and are certainly not afraid to come up and hit the ball carrier.
Ware, in particular, could be a standout for the Bears this season, and will definitely be a player to watch in the fall.
"He’s [Ware] long, he’s athletic, he runs really well; he's just a phenomenal corner," Braswell said. "That’s the kind of kid your looking for.”
Although still early in their spring practices, the Bradley Central Bears are opportunistic and are looking forward to making a splash into "Super 32" football.
And now, thanks to Cortney Brasswell, the Bears have a spark and a passion on defense that could pay dividends when the seasons change.
As for now, everything is purely speculation, but Bradley Central is clearly taking great strides to become a powerhouse in the state of Tennessee.
Lucky for us, we were able to see it when it began
By River City Sports:
Cleveland Tenn.— With the hot sun beating down on their shoulder pads, the Bradley Central football team is in the thick of their spring practice. Last season, they finished 5-6 overall and 3-3 in district play under head coach Damon Floyd. With a new defensive coordinator and a potential standout star in the making at quarterback, it will be interesting to see how the Bears will do in their new region. For this edition, Floyd discusses his team’s progress for the spring.
Q: What are the main things you want your kids to take away during these spring practices?
A: “I think it is trying to install your offense and defense, but the main thing goes down to blocking and tackling during the spring. You get a chance to be pretty physical, which means that if someone does get banged up, they get a chance to heal. We have a lot of spots to fill, and we’re going to find those spots through toughness to be honest.”
Q: What do you see as quarterback Cole Copeland’s ceiling for potential going forward this season?
A: “He’s pretty good and there’s a very high ceiling for him this season. He’s getting recruited by multiple colleges and they have shown interest in him. He’s still got to get better, but if he starts off the year the way he ended it, he will be really good. His brother was a four-year starter here and Cole used to come to practices all the time, and we’ve run the same offense for five or six years now, so he really knows what to do in order to be successful.”
Q: What’s the biggest growth you’ve seen in his game from his freshman year to this point?
A: “His overall body strength has improved because he’s been hitting the weight room. I think he’s put on 15 to 20 pounds this offseason, so I think he’s gotten a lot stronger and faster. He feels a lot more comfortable now as opposed to this time last year, because he knows what we want. With his leadership,, he doesn’t have to worry too much about his job, and he has actually started coaching people, which is what we want."
Q: What other areas on the offense do you see as key for you all this upcoming season?
A: “I really like our skill positions right now, and I feel like we have a lot of guys we can get the ball to in order to make some plays. I think our offensive line can improve a little bit, but from day one to day two has been a huge overall improvement. I was really happy with our offensive line during this practice, and even though we have a ways to go, I really like the progress.”
Q: With the addition of defensive coordinator Cortney Braswell coming from Chattanooga Central, what has he been able to do for you all this season?
A: “He’s very passionate and is very good at what he does because he loves what he does. He’s going to expect a lot from the kids and we want it that way. He brings a lot of passion, energy and knowledge and we’re going to let him do his thing. Our kids love him and have responded to his instruction very well."
Q: What is Trevon Ware’s [defensive back/receiver] potential this season?
A: “Well I think he’s going to be our best receiver in most games, and will also be our go-to corner and cover the best receiver. We don’t expect him to get beat deep and make some plays when they throw it his way. Last season he did a very good job and other teams very seldom threw it to his side. I expect him to be disciplined and not fall asleep back there, because other teams will test him, but we will see what he can do.”
Q: Are there any areas of improvement offensively or defensively?
A: “I don’t think there’s any one area to pinpoint, because every area needs improvement. That’s what spring is for, and when we scrimmage a good team like Baylor, they are going to show us some of those weaknesses, and that’s what we want. We have to improve everywhere and we’re not ready obviously just like everybody else this spring, but we’re gradually getting there day by day.”
Q: With the recent distractions that have come up, what will you all take from that moving forward?
A: “Is what it is, and I’m going to take the penalty and the kids are not. I accept that I made a mistake and committed a violation, but I’m going to deal with it and move on. Just like I talked to my kids, we’re going to face adversity which is part of life and go forward from there. As far as my team is concerned, it’s really over and we’re focusing on this spring.”
Q & A with Head Coach Damon Floyd
Cole Copeland Ranked #2 Area Quarterback By River City Sports
By Ryne McCoy (River City Sports):
Cleveland, Tenn - This season, the Bradley Central Bears are entering a new region as a Super-32 school, one of the largest in the state. With the added pressures of playing in a higher classification, the Bears will need a calm, collected, and proven leader taking the snaps.
They have just that in Cole Copeland. who is ranked the number 2 area quarterback right behind Senior JaVaughn Craig rom McCallie.
"He feels a lot more comfortable now as opposed to this time last year because he knows what we want," Head Coach Damon Floyd said.
"With his leadership ... he has actually started coaching people, which is what we want."
Last season as a sophomore Copeland completed 67% of his passes for 2317 yards and 18 touchdowns. He added another 904 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground, as he was also the Bear's leading rusher.
Since then, Copeland has attended a few camps including throwing at the Elite 11 Quarterback Regionals in Atlanta (for the story on this click here). Copeland also has added about 15-20 pounds according to Coach Floyd, and it will be interesting to see how much he continues to progress over summer.
"I just want to be the best I can be," Copeland said. "Yeah, I've gotten a little better, but you can always improve on something. Just getting the ball out quicker, getting my steps down, and getting the timing down with the receivers."
Copeland will have no shortage of targets as the Bears return many key players at the skill positions.
Leading receiver Tyler Carpenter returns after having 786 receiving yards and 9 touchdowns last season, but he will not be alone as the Bears return several players with in-game experience.
On the offensive line, the Bears will be very young. Not a single starter will be returning to the trenches this fall. That, however, has not deterred the Bear's signal caller as Copeland has faith in in the big guys in front of him and expects them to compete week after week.
"Yeah we're young but when we go out they're (the line) going to fight, I promise you that," Copeland said.
The Bears will likely be improved on defense with the addition of defensive coordinator Cortney Braswell from Chattanooga Central. His presence is instantly noticed even in his second practice at Bradley, and Copeland says the energy he brings to that side of the ball is exciting.
"He (Braswell) brings a lot of intensity, practice is night and day from last year, Copeland said. He brings the energy and a lot of intensity that surrounds practice, I like it, a lot."
Despite this being the second spring practice for the Bears, this team seems greatly improved from last season.
Whether that is because of having an experienced leader under center, an energetic new coordinator to lead the defense, a sense of urgency created from entering the Super-32, or a combination of the three, this Bradley team will be one to watch this season.
As long as the Bears continue to progress behind their junior quarterback, they may surprise a lot of people entering this new district.
"We take it one day at a time and work hard every day to get better, Copeland said. "If you work hard, everything else will work out for itself."
Copeland has all of the physical attributes coaches are looking for in a quarterback. At 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds, Copeland is ready to handle the rigors of Region 1 6A, which features state powers Maryville and Dobyns Bennett. In order for Bradley Central to climb in the region standings, Copeland has to have another monster season. With that said, if all of the pieces come together in Damon Floyd's system, Copeland has a chance to blossom into one of the state's best.
By Staff Reports:
Bradley Central Head Football Coach Damon Floyd was selected to work the University of Tennessee Arsenal Skill Camp held in June. Working with other area coaches, Coach Floyd had the opportunity to work with high school football players who came from areas throughout the Southeast to attend the camp.
"It was a long day, but I got to see lots of area players who did very well at the camp including Cole. It was a great opportunity to work with other area coaches and to spend time with the Tennessee staff," Coach Floyd stated.
Coach Floyd Works Tennessee Arsenal Camp
By Staff Reports:
Bradley Central Football would like to announce the hiring of Cortney Braswell and welcome him as the new Defensive Coordinator for the Bears for the upcoming 2015 season. Coach Braswell is coming to the Bears via Chattanooga Central where he held the same position helping lead the pounders to a 6-5 record and a first round play-off game in 2014.
Coach Braswell will be bringing his 3-4 defense to the Bears that gave up less than 14 points in seven games in his first year with the Pounders. Coach Braswell has been the defensive coordinator at Chattanooga Central (2014), North Murray (GA, 2013), East Ridge (2010-11) and Soddy Daisy (2010). He has also served as Offensive coordinator at Notre Dame (2012) and coached at Ringgold (GA, 2008) as well.
“We as a defensive staff had already decided that we were going to have to go to a three man front with the personnel we have coming back on defense. After bringing in Cortney to talk about what he does with the 3-4 it became apparent that we needed to go ahead and try to bring him on board so he could be apart of spring practice.” stated Coach Floyd.
"A four hour meeting with myself and the Bradley staff flew by like a four minute meeting, I knew then it was a place I could not only survive but thrive in,” boasted Coach Braswell. "I have always had a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for everything Damon and his staff has accomplished in the last few years," Coach Braswell added.
“I am stoked to have Cortney on staff, he brings a vast knowledge of the 3-4 defense to our staff. This will help us on the offensive side of the ball as well, giving us the ability to also bounce ideas off of him. We face a lot of three man front teams every year,” an excited Coach Freeman stated.
“I have also decided to make Coach Todd Stevison our special teams coordinator. In the past we have delegated each special team to a coach. This worked well in practice but was difficult during the game as each coach was trying to do two jobs at once. Todd will be responsible for all of our special teams and getting them ready during game time transitions,” Coach Floyd announced.
“Bringing on Coach Braswell for defense and giving Coach Stevison special teams along with Coach Freeman gives me three coordinators that I can trust and frees me up as a head coach to be involved with all aspects of our football program not only on the field but off the field as well,” pointed out Coach Floyd.
Cortney is a 2005 graduate of The Baylor School in Chattanooga and was a 2004 Mr. Football Finalist in his senior year. After attending Liberty University Cortney finished his Bachelors degree at Dalton State College. Cortney is presently finishing his masters degree at Lee University.
Bears Scrimmage Baylor
By Staff Reports:
The Bears traveled to Chattanooga to scrimmage the Red Raiders of the Baylor School. The Bears looked good against a very good Baylor team most of the scrimmage but only having five days of practice showed at times. The Bears offense moved the ball down the field consistently against a strong Baylor defense, while the defense showed signs of intensity throughout the scrimmage.
"Its tough to go through spring practice when you are installing a whole new defensive scheme in five days but its better than changing it at the beginning of the season. This will give our defense a leg up when we go through 7 on 7"s and start preseason practice," commented Coach Floyd.
"Offensively we just have to improve where we are and get better everyday in the summer. One concern is we have got to get better at snapping the ball. We had three J.V. players who played center last year but for one reason or another are not playing this year. Both of our centers today were playing in their first scrimmage at the position. Considering they have had five days to prepare, I was pleased with the effort, but we are going to have to find others this summer to go along with the ones we have. Its going to have to be a team effort and lots of sacrifice from certain players," a concerned Coach Floyd stated.
The Bears will start summer workouts Monday, June 1st with players having a choice to lift in the morning at 10:00 or come in the evening at 6:00.
County Commissioner Johnny Mull with Will Robbins
Todd Stevison with Jacob Williams at Senior Awards Ceremony
Will Robbins Receives Rex Dockery Award
Jacob Williams Receives Principles Award
Bears Nation Ready For New Region
By Staff Reports:
There has been a lot of discussion about the new TSSAA football realignment and how it is going to negatively affect the Bradley Central High School football program the next two years. However, those who have come to this conclusion have only looked at the negatives, without weighting in the positives.
“It’s easy to get caught up in all the negatives when looking at realignment because change is never popular no matter how bad the other plan may have been in the first place. But having looked at it and having time to think of the positives, we feel this is a great opportunity for our program and school going forward.” Coach Floyd reiterated.
Looking at next year’s schedule, one can see that all the concern about travel and lost revenue may not be the case after closer review. The Bears will still have big money games with cross town rivals Cleveland and Walker Valley, while maintaining the long rivalry with McMinn County the next two years. When you add in the fact that these games will be played early when the weather is nice and warm along with the newness of the season, these games may bring in more revenue than in previous seasons. Bradley will also host region opponents Science Hill, Bearden, Hardin Valley, and William Blount next year. These teams have a lot of tradition and usually bring a good following. These games should also increase home attendance with the added excitement of playing in the Super 32. Although the Bears will lose the revenue generated by the Polk County rivalry, there was no guarantee that it would have continued without the realignment. Taking this into consideration with the fact the Bears will be hosting Maryville and Dobyns-Bennett in the next two years producing added attendance and statewide exposure, the new schedule should produce about the same revenue over the next two years as past scheduling cycles have.
“We are excited to open up with Walker Valley the next two years; it will bring a lot of excitement to the community and there has been talk about playing this game on a Thursday which would increase attendance and add revenue to our school and community.” Stated Coach Floyd.
Taking a closer look at travel, one can see that the athletic directors and coaches of the new Mountain East Region have done a great job of scheduling and keeping the travel to a minimum for all schools involved. Looking at the Bears schedule next year, the Bears will only have to travel to three region games that include Maryville, Jefferson County, and Dobyns Bennett. The non-region travel schedule includes a trip to cross town rival Walker Valley and a short ride to Athens to face McMinn.
“We have one long road trip this upcoming year with Dobyns Bennett and then we will have to travel to Science Hill the following year, so the long trips are not in the same year. If you look at past seasons, Bradley has always had to travel to find games; this is nothing new for our program. The only difference is these are now region games.” Coach Floyd explained.
One of the up sides to playing in the newly formed Mountain East Region is the fact that Bradley players will be getting exposure that they would not have normally gotten in the old district alignment. Player exposure will increase with the Bears participating in a region that has three large media markets that include Chattanooga, Knoxville, and Tri Cities along with the proximity of many more college football programs. This benefit of players getting this kind of exposure will far outweigh any travel inconveniences that may arise. The diversity of the college programs that have an opportunity to see and hear about players is unprecedented for those playing for the Bears. These include Maryville College, Carson Newman, Tusculum, UTC, ETSU, and UT. Playing in this environment gives Bradley a distinct advantage over other local programs when it comes to getting statewide exposure for statewide awards.
“We are excited about playing in the super 32, our players will be getting lots of exposure the next two years that they wouldn’t have gotten otherwise. It’s an exciting time to be a part of Bradley Football.” Coach Freeman stated.
Another upside in the equation are the venues and environment in which Bradley is going to play in. As good an atmosphere Bear Stadium provides; every stadium that the Bears travel to in the Region will have just as good or even a better venue to play in. Three of the stadiums the Bears will play in have turf, which includes Dobyns-Bennett, Maryville, and Science Hill; as well as providing some of the best atmospheres to play in. Just between these three schools there is close to 300 years of football and close to 2000 wins. Each of these schools, along with Bradley, established football teams before 1930. Bearden is another school with a long tradition, fielding its first football team in 1949.
“Bradley has always taken pride in knowing that we have competed at the highest level in football throughout its history. Our administration, staff, and alumni feel right at home being in the same region with traditional powers Maryville, Science Hill, Dobyns-Bennett, and Bearden. We have a recent history with William Blount and have a lot of respect for that program as well. Add in tradition rich Jefferson County and Hardin Valley who may have some of the best turn key facilities I’ve ever seen and you have a region that is second to none as far as history, facilities, and fan base.” Coach Freeman said proudly.
“Obviously our expenses are going to increase with us being in the new region, but we are not going to let it affect what we do as a program. I will say one thing; we will travel in style and take charters for region games. We will continue to be a first class program. We will just have to ask more from our alumni and community to help us continue to compete at the highest level possible. I don’t expect raising more money to be a problem; I know our alumni and community love Bradley High School and will rally the troops to continue the tradition and pride that has been established way before any of us on the current staff was even born” Coach Floyd boasted.
The reality is things are not in dire straits at Bradley with the new region alignment, as matter of fact Bradley is looking forward to the challenge of competing at the highest level and hosting a first round game in the play-offs next year.
By Staff Reports:
The District 5 football banquet was held in Athens at Tennessee Weslyan College where several Bears were honored for their achievments on the gridiron as well as in the classroom for the 2014 season. The Bears finished third in a very tough district that sent five teams to the TSSAA football play-offs this season.
The Bears honored six players at this years district banquet led by Sophmore of the Year, Cole Copeland and Academic Award winner, Jacob Williams followed by all-district players Tyler Carpenter, Will Robbins, Ryan Still, and Dakota Burgess.
"I am very proud of these players who were recognized by the other coaches from our district for the impact they had on our team. These awards are selected and voted on by the the head coaches in our district, so it's a very big honor." Stated Coach Floyd.
Cole Copeland led the Bear offense from the quaterback position throwing for 2,317 yds and 18 TD's while rushing for 904 yds and 12 TD's. Cole finished the season in the Chattanooga area as one of the top five players in total offense.
Senior, Jacob Williams was an integral part of the offensive line playing center for the Bears this season. Jacob has a GPA of 3.96 and has received interest from the University of the South and Maryville College to continue his football career.
Junior, Tyler Carpenter was a two way starter for the Bears as well as being on multiple special teams as a holder for the place kicker and personal protector for the punter. Tyler was a big part of the offense as he caught 54 passes for 786 yds with 9 TD's, while throwing two touchdown passes. Tyler also rushed for a touchdown. Defensively, Tyler was on 28 tackles with 16 solos along with two interceptions.
Senior, Will Robbins was also a two way starter for the Bears playing guard on the offensive line and tackle on the defensive line. Will has been a three year starter on defense and has 72 career tackles. Will's leadership qualities were evident by being chosen as a team captain for the 2014 season by his teammates.
Senior, Dakota Burgess was another two way starter for the Bears this season playing tackle on both sides of the ball. Dakota helped anchor a line that produced over 1,000 yds rushing on the season along with having 18 tackles on defense. He finishes his career at Bradley with 42 tackles. Dakota was also chosen by his teammates as a team captain for the 2014 season.
Junior, Ryan Still led the team in tackles this year with 71 tackles; 39 of them solos. He also caused three fumbles and recovered a fumble from his linebacker position. Ryan was also a vital part of many special teams this year; catching a pass on a fake punt as one of his highlights on the year.
The administration, faculty and football staff at Bradley Central High School are very proud of these young men for upholding our Honored Tradition and Relentless Pride that is The Bear Nation.
Dakota Burgess, Will Robbins, Tyler Carpenter, Ryan Still and Jacob Williams recieve awards at this years District 5 Awards Ceremony. (Cole Copeland also recieved an award but was unable to attend because of a Basketball Game)
Bears Recognized at District Banquet
Relentless Pride …….Honored Tradition
By Staff Reports:
It was a great day for the Bradley Football Program as Jacob Williams signed his LOI to further his education and football career with Maryville College. Jacob's family, along with numerous teammates, and classmates joined him to help the Bear Nation celebrate his signing.
"Jacob's hard work on the gridiron and classroom has paid off. I have seen him put in numerous hours in the weight room to become a better football player. His dedication and self-discipline on the field and in the classroom is the reason that he is going to get his education paid for. We are excited for Jacob and know that Maryville College is getting a great student athlete." remarked Coach Floyd.
Jacobs hard work in the classroom produced a 3.96 GPA leading him to be recognized as one of the Scholar Athlete's of the Year for District 5 AAA. Jacob also received the 2015 David Weir Memorial Award recently at the Bradley Football awards ceremony held in the Fine Arts Center. Jacob has been involved with other student organizations including HOSA, while also being a leader in FCA during his four years at Bradley.
"I am excited about attending Maryville College and being a pre-med major. I hope to be a Physician Assistant in the future," responded Jacob
"Jacob played multiple positions for us in the offensive line. His ability to learn tackle, guard and center helped us build depth which was a key factor in our success the last half of the season," added Coach Gideon.
"What people don't realize is that Jacob is a well rounded student. He is involved in Vocal Motion, which is a competition show choir here at Bradley. I have seen him dance and heard him sing and he is really good. As you could see from the number of students and players that attended his signing, he is well liked at our school," boasted Coach Freeman.
"I have really enjoyed Bradley High School but I am looking forward to the challenge of playing at Maryville. Most of my conversations have been with Coach Baily the Offensive line coach and he has told me that he thinks I will work mostly at center," remarked Jacob.