Bradley wrapped up the JV season with an 8-1 record, outscoring its opponents 348-168. The junior Bears scored 40 or more points five times and averaged 38.7 points per game.
Following a fumble on the opening kickoff Monday evening at Bear Stadium, Bradley needed just three plays to find paydirt. Only 39 seconds in the game, sophomore running back Rashad Marshall found the end zone from five yards out to put Bradley up 6-0.
The Trojans’ first drive lasted only two plays when freshman quarterback Logan Workman’s first pass attempt of the game was plucked out of the air by Bear sophomore defensive back Ryan Still and returned 19 yards for a touchdown. Only 1:23 into the contest, junior kicker Logan Snyder put the Bears up 13-0 with the extra point.
After forcing the Trojans second straight three-and-out, Bradley took over on its own 41 yard line. Bear freshman quarterback Cole Copeland led his squad on a nine-play, 59-yard drive that was capped with a 6-yard touchdown scramble by sophomore fullback Jamey Billups. Again, Snyder was good on the extra point to give Bradley a 20-0 lead with 8:52 left in the half.
Bradley’s defense again held strong, stuffing the young Soddy offense on its next two drives. The Bears punt return team stepped up and returned Workman’s punt all the way down to the Trojan 17-yard line. Copeland’s first play from scrimmage was used to find sophomore receiver Swan Parker for a touchdown strike to push the lead to 27-0 following another extra point by Snyder at the 3:24 mark in the half.
The Trojans finally got things going on their next drive, gaining five first downs while covering 70 yards and eventually getting on the scoreboard with just 35 seconds left in the first half. Freshman quarterback Justin Cooke hooked up with sophomore receiver Jacob Lemons for an 8-yard touchdown pass. Soddy also converted the two-point conversion when Cooke found junior wideout Harley Southerland to cut the lead to 27-8 going into the intermission.
Opening the second half, the Trojans looked primed to rally back from their huge deficit. Bradley’s only punt attempt of the night was blocked and a gang of Soddy players fell on the ball on the Bear 27-yard line. The Trojan offense took advantage and again found the end zone as Cooke ran the ball in from three yards out. This time, the Bears defense stopped the two-point conversion making the score 27-14 in favor of the home side.
Bradley then put the game away, scoring on its next three drives while blanking its opponent the rest of the way. Sophomore running back Courtland Bradley scored twice including a 40-yard dash to the end zone, and classmate Trevon Ware closed out the Bears’ final drive with a 41-yard race to paydirt. All three scores were capped by extra points by Snyder, including a fake PAT-turned-run for two points, bringing the final tally to 49-14.
For the game, Bradley gained 399 total yards including 311 on the ground. Courtland Bradley led the rushing attack, gaining 81 yards on six carries and two scores.
Copeland carried eight times for 84 yards, while Ware only carried the ball two times in the game, but he made them count with 60 yards and a touchdown. Billups and Marshall added a score each and combined for another 36 yards on a half dozen carries.
Copeland picked up a tough 88 yards through the air on 7-of-16 passing, including a touchdown.
Swan Parker was the leading receiver, catching a 17-yard pass for a score.
Defensively, the Bears were led by Still’s “Pick 6” and a sack by Eddie Schalstick.
Soddy-Daisy amassed 144 yards of total offense, including 129 passing yards. Cooke was 10-for-13 for 101 yards with two touchdowns including one on the ground.
Receiving leaders were Jacob Jordan’s six catches for 37 yards and Southerland’s four catches for 76 yards. Lemons added a touchdown with one of his two catches.