“We just found out Eduardo (Trevino) is going to have to have his knee scoped, but the good news is he’ll only be out a couple of weeks, and then we have an open week, so he should be ready for our district opener (Sept. 20 vs. Walker Valley).”
After having to play all of last year with his hand in a cast after injuring his pinky finger in the jamboree, Trevino missed all of spring practice due to surgery on a herniated disk. Returning to practice a few weeks ago, the 5-foot-11, 245-pound senior linebacker “tweaked his knee” and was thought to have just sprained it. An MRI revealed he actually had a torn meniscus.
As for the game action at Findley Stadium itself, the Bear coach saw some things he liked in the 7-0 victory over Tyner Academy, but he also some areas that need improving before opening the regular season Friday night in Benton against a very tough Polk County team.
“We did a lot of good things on defense. We really got after it,” praised coach Floyd. “Colby Alford really hustled. He’s just a sophomore, and he did a great job of filling in for Eduardo at the ‘Mike’ linebacker.”
“Baylor (Terrell) had a big night with the two interceptions,” the coach commented of the senior safety’s night. “Our defensive line only gave up one run for any real distance.”
In fact, Floyd was so confident going into the 20-minute running clock session, he let Tyner have the ball first. “We won the toss but I wanted to defend first because I thought we could stop them and get better field position.”
The plan worked as The Rams gained just a yard on their first run, then Alford nailed a receiver when he caught the ball for a 3-yard gain on play No. 2.
The first of Terrell’s “picks” came on the third play of the session when the leapt high to snag the ball around the Ram 45 and returned it to the 19 to set Bradley’s offense up in the Red Zone.
Two plays later, new Bear quarterback Brett Standifer hooked with standout receiver Dee Crisp on back-to-back plays, the first for seven yards and the second a perfect 14-yard scoring toss. Standifer, who was the starter at Soddy-Daisy the last three years, put the ball over Crisp’s outside shoulder and the senior speedsters was able to make a very nice snag of the pigskin in the right corner of the end zone at the 16:30 mark.
Bradley senior kicker Clayton Steels came on to boot through the extra point for the game’s only other point.
Starting back at their own 30, Tyner started series No. 2, but after gaining a first down on the opening play, sophomore defensive lineman DJ Adams drilled a Ram ball carrier behind the line of scrimmage. After a false start penalty and another of Alford’s four tackles of the evening on a short run, Terrell once again stepped in front of a Ram aerial, giving the Black-and-Gold possession on their own 37.
Standifer and Crisp connected again on the second play for a 22-yard gain to move the ball across midfield, but that’s where it stayed as three straight incompletions force a Steels punt that was fair caught at the 1 yard line.
With their backs against the goalline, a Ram ball carrier tried to bull his way through the line but Alford and fellow linebacker Jordan Timmons meet him and put him down for no gain.
After a nine-yard pass gave Tyner a little breathing room, but once again Alford stepped up on the following play stopping the ball carrier for no gain once again, preventing the first down and forcing a punt.
On their first attempt, the ball was snapped over the punter’s head and went out of the back of the end zone for an apparent safety. However, the referees talked it over and since the jamboree does not allow rushing on punts, it was considered a dead ball play and the Rams were given a “Mulligan.”
After taking over on the Ram 45, Bradley’s offense sputtered a little, with another pair of incomplete passes and a two-yard loss on just its second running play of the night.
“We knew Tyner’s defense brings eight guys, so we knew we weren’t going to be able to run the ball, but after that first series we didn’t do a good job of beating their man-to-man defense on the outside and we were on target with our passes,” coach Floyd expressed. “Those are things we have to work on. We’ve got to be able to complete more passes than that when given that opportunity.”
For the evening, Bradley completed 4-of-9 passes for 37 yards, with Crisp hauling three for 43 yards (the other completion was a six-yard loss).