published Friday, August 17th, 2012

Preps Preview: Bradley Central Bears

BY THE NUMBERS

2 — Consecutive playoff appearances for the Bears after missing the previous nine seasons.

6 — Coach Floyd’s rank all-time in wins (31) in the program’s 96-year history.

63 — The percent of offense lost with the graduations of Rue Goldston, Justin Houston and James Stovall.

SCHEDULE

Aug. 17 at Polk County

Aug. 24 at Baylor

Aug. 31 at Soddy-Daisy*

Sept. 7 East Hamilton

Sept. 21 Blackman

Sept. 28 Rhea County*

Oct. 5 Ooltewah*

Oct. 12 at Walker Valley*

Oct. 19 Cleveland*

Oct. 26 at McMinn County*

* District 5-AAA game

Games start at 7:30 p.m.

BRADLEY CENTRAL BEARS

Coach: Damon Floyd (seventh season, 31-32 here and overall)



Stadium: Bear Stadium

Address: 1000 South Lee Highway, Cleveland, TN 37311

RECENT HISTORY

The Bears trailed off late last year, losing their final two games yet still finishing with a 7-4 record. They advanced to the playoffs, where they were defeated in the first round. Here’s a look at the regular-season win total over the last five years:

2011 ———————(7)

2010 ————————(8)

2009 —————(5)

2008 ————(4)

2007 ——(2)

THREE STRENGTHS

1) Senior Bryce Copeland is a four-year starter that has won 21 games as a starting quarterback for the Bears.

2) University of Tennessee-bound offensive lineman Austin Sanders has the ability and strength to open holes for the offensive attack.

3) With the success of the past few seasons, the program has regained its pride and will be expected to compete for championships this year.

THREE CONCERNS

1) Who can step into a primary playmaker role this season?

2) Although Sanders is a big piece, he’s the only returning starter on the line. Can the others step up to fill the void?

3) With only Alex Hopkins returning in the secondary, who makes plays in the defensive backfield?

THREE QUESTIONS WITH BRYCE COPELAND

(Senior quarterback)

Q: Being a four-year starter, how has Coach Floyd changed his approach toward you over the years?

A: He’s a lot tougher now. When I was younger, he used to expect mistakes, but now he expects excellence and that’s what I strive for. If I throw passes and they’re either too high or too low, he’s encouraging me to get it in the guy’s chest.

Q: You lost your three main skill players from last season. How will this year’s team look?

A: It’s going to be a little different, especially not having as much speed. We’re going to possess the ball. We don’t have Rue [Goldston], Justin [Houston] and James [Stovall] this year. Last year I could just throw it to James and let him go. We don’t be as explosive as we were last year, but we’ll get there.

Q: You had those guys since you became quarterback at Bradley. How do you adjust to new personnel?

A: I look at it as a positive. Last year I focused a lot on getting the ball to James. Now we’re going to be balanced. We have Cal [Pickel] and Caleb [Cain], but all of our receivers are pretty even and can make plays. I’m just going to spread it around and take what the defense gives us.


ROSTER

1 Logan Fetzner - Junior

2 Christian Hamilton - Sophomore

3 Caleb Cain - Senior

4 Cal Pickel - Junior

5 Daniel Clark - Sophomore

6 Jamey Billups - Freshman

7 Alex White - Sophomore

8 Rashad Marshal - Freshman

9 Trevon Ware - Freshman

10 Bryce Copeland - Senior

11 Deshawn McCleary - Senior

12 Tanner Cox - Sophomore

13 Dalton Deal - Sophomore

15 Dee Crisp - Junior

16 J.J. Haggott - Junior

17 Keith Wilson - Junior

18 Tyler Carpenter - Freshman

19 Logan Arron - Junior

20 Chandler Duggan - Junior

21 Derrick Murray - Sophomore

22 Ty Morgan - Sophomore

23 L.J. Goodridge - Senior

25 Zach Peak - Freshman

26 Nate Mills - Senior

28 Warren Crisp - Sophomore

29 Austin Foss - Junior

30 Michael Holder - Senior

31 D.J. Moyse - Sophomore

33 Aziz Mohammad - Sophomore

34 Alex Hopkins - Senior

35 Robert Bartolameolli - Senior

37 Jordan Sharp - Senior

38 Baylor Terrell - Junior

39 Logan Snyder - Sophomore

40 Edwardo Trevino - Junior

41 Clayton Steels - Junior

42 Jordan Timmons - Junior

43 Brandon McCurry - Junior

44 Drew Roark - Junior

46 Hagan Franklin - Sophomore

49 Shaquonne Jarrett - Senior

51 Seth Huey - Junior

52 Austin Sanders - Senior

53 Logan McCamis - Sophomore

54 James Peck - Junior

55 Jackie Black - Junior

56 Jack Edgeman - Sophomore

57 Lucas Parker - Sophomore

58 Dakota Burgess - Sophomore

59 Chase Slaughter - Sophomore

60 Colton Scott - Sophomore

61 Dylan Swafford - Sophomore

62 Devin Kersey - Senior

64 Brandon Morgan - Sophomore

65 Gabe Black - Senior

67 Zach McFarland - Junior

68 Austin Headrick - Sophomore

70 Brandon Bryant - Junior

72 Josh Phelps - Junior

73 Brandon Beavers - Senior

74 Todd Gray - Junior

75 D.J. Adams - Freshman

76 Will Robbins - Sophomore

77 D.J. King - Senior

78 Tyler Keller - Sophomore

79 Jacob Williams - Sophomore

80 Cedric Josey - Junior

81 Carlos Hamilton - Senior

82 Alec Norwood - Sophomore

83 Tanner Boring - Sophomore

88 Joey Ford - Sophomore

89 Victor Veloz - Junior

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