HIXSON — Bradley Central’s undefeated junior varsity team traveled to Hixson earlier this week and came away with a 34-6 win over the Wildcats to improve to 4-0 on the season. The win also extends the Bear’s winning streak to 12 games over the past two years.
Bradley will play host to Walker Valley’s junior varsity squad Monday evening at 6.
Hixson took the opening kickoff and drive all the way to the 17 yard line. However, the Bears defense forced the Wildcats to turn the ball over on downs.
The stop was led by defensive linemen Dakota Calfee and Brett Brown, along with Linebackers Kevin Key, Hunter Duggan, Jamey Billups, and Jake Tolleson.
The Bear’s took over and scored on a five play drive capped off by a 68-yard touchdown pass from Cole Copeland to Freshman Trevan Hill. Logan Snyder’s point after put the young Bears up 7-0.
After a couple of stalled drives by both teams, the Bears’ defense forced another punt with 2:00 left to go in the first half. Starting at their own 30 yard line the Bears went into two minute mode.
Copeland found Rashad Marshall for a 30 yard gain and then found Swan Parker on a 12 yard gain.
On the next play Copeland connected again to Marshall for a 28-yard touchdown strike with 51 seconds to play in the half. Snyders’ kick sent the Bear’s into halftime leading 14-0.
Bradley returned the second half kickoff to the 42 yard line on a 25-yard return by Parker. The Bear offense then proceeded on a three play touchdown drive that included Marshall exploding for a nice 48 yard run to set up Copeland’s 3-yard keeper into the end zone.
Once again Snyder tacked on the extra point to put Bradley on top 21-0.
The Wildcats took the ensuing kickoff and drive the ball down to their own 9 yard line when Trevon Ware scooped up a Wildcat fumble and returned it 68 yards to the 13 yard line. After a 2-yard loss, Copeland scampered in for a 15-yard touchdown, putting the Bears up 27-0.
Bradley found the end zone once more as Marshall took over at QB and lead the Bear’s on a 44-yard drive capped off with a Malek Temple 3-yard touchdown run. Snyder once again split the uprights to make the score 34-0.
Hixson finally scored on a 35-yard touchdown pass to make the final score 34-7.
Offensively the Bear’s were led by Marshall, who rushed for 95 yards on 5 carries and had four receptions for 63 yards with a touchdown. Copeland had another good night throwing the football, completing 6-of-12 for 118 yards, with 2 touchdowns throwing and two more rushing.
Coach Todd Stevison was very pleased with the defensive effort.
“I thought our guys played with good intensity. Our defensive line played really well and controlled the line of scrimmage. The defense created some turnovers with Konner Swafford and Trevon Ware getting fumble recoveries,” Stevison said. “We have stressed creating turnovers in practice so it’s good to see the players executing what they have been coached to do.”
Coach Day had high praise for Marshall.
“The offensive line did well and Rashad really came to play today. He is learning to go hard all the time on every play. It was nice to give him some snaps at quarterback and see how he would respond leading the team. Of course Copeland had another great game. He is going to be special.”