Bradley Central has the pieces in place to compete again in Region 2-6A

Staff Photo by Robin Rudd / Bradley's J'Alan Terry (4) breaks the tackle of Rhea's Austin Brackett (15). The Bradley Central Bears hosted the Rhea County Golden Eagles in a TSSAA football game on October 22, 2021.

Over the last 12 high school football seasons Bradley Central has been a model of consistency.

Damon Floyd's program have not missed the TSSAA playoffs since 2009 as the Bears have an 89-49 record in that time frame along with a 46-24 mark in region play.

The goal in 2022 is to elevate their game to the next level.

After an 8-0 start to the 2021 season things fell apart late for the Bears, who lost two of their last three games, including a 27-24 home loss to Farragut in the second round of the Class 6A playoffs.

In their strong 12-year playoff run the Bears, however, have only advanced to the state quarterfinals once, which came in a 10-win 2017 campaign. Expectations in 2022 are sky high, though, as Bradley is loaded with experienced talent as the team seeks to again compete in Region 2-6A.