By PATRICK MACCOON
SODDY DAISY — Bradley Central put forth four unanswered scores in the second half and shut out Soddy-Daisy over the final 24 minutes to extend its winning streak to six in major comeback …
SODDY DAISY — Bradley Central put forth four unanswered scores in the second half and shut out Soddy-Daisy over the final 24 minutes to extend its winning streak to six in major comeback fashion.
With missed tackles left and right and a pair of costly turnovers on offense, the seventh-ranked Bears trailed 28-13 at halftime in a tough road venue Thursday night.
Trojan senior running back Brandon Davis already had eclipsed the century mark, as he frustrated defenders in cutting his way back and forth to the tune of 106 yards.
“A lot of times we were there, but we were missing too many tackles,” BCHS standout senior linebacker Jay Person said. “We realized at halftime we could potentially lose this game, so we had to come together.”
With senior leader and starting safety Jake Presley out with a shoulder injury suffered in the opening half, the fellow captain knew his play needed to be elevated.
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Person locked in as he tallied seven of his game-high 11 tackles (2 TFL) in the second half in which Bradley scored all 25 points to make for a 38-28 victory.
“We moved Jay around more in the second half,” said BCHS head coach Damon Floyd of his typical outside pass rusher. “We put him in the middle of the field much more and also changed our fronts so the cutback wouldn’t be there as much. We brought blitzes from the weak side in certain formations where they were showing stretch.”
After forcing its will in the first half for 272 yards of offense, Soddy-Daisy (4-3) was only able to muster 110 yards in the second half that included 10 rushes for just 11 yards.
While Person delivered a trio of booming hits, which included an ear-ringing open field tackle on Davis that limited his role offensively the rest of the night, he also helped seal the deal late.
Senior safety Damon “Deuce” Floyd cleared an open lane for starting corner back Jeffery Brewer and Person to each get a hand on a clean field goal block with 3:48 left in regulation to maintain a 10-point lead.
“It’s good to know we can overcome adversity,” Deuce Floyd said. “We came out with a better attitude in the second half. We need to take that into all games the rest of the season.”
Bradley Central (6-1) found a rhythm offensively also by scoring on its first four drives after the break.
Junior gunslinger Dylan Standifer was in full command completing 9-of-11 passes for 176 yards and three scores over the final two quarters.
Standifer finished with a career-high 355 passing yards on 16-of-26 through the air with four touchdown passes against a school his older brother, Brett, was the starting QB for three years at before transferring to Bradley for his senior season.
While he found his go-to deep threat Lameric Tucker down field for gains of 36 and 34 yards in the first half, the longest connection between the two this season came on a well-timed bubble screen.
The UTC football commit slipped his way free and outraced several defenders to ultimately dive over the right pylon for a 76-yard score, cutting the deficit to 28-26 with 6:18 left in the third quarter.
“They were playing so far off of Lameric and over the top, so we had to give him something quick,” Coach Floyd said. “The other receivers blocked well and once he gets a little bit of real estate its hard to tackle him.”
Tucker also hauled in the go-ahead score as he snuck to the outside for an unguarded four-yard touchdown with just over three minutes before the fourth quarter.
The 5-foot-10, 170-pound flashy receiver, who showcased his spin move on several occasions for extra yards, finished with eight catches for a season-high 191 yards and his fourth two-touchdown performance this season.
He has 12 total scores on the year to go with 40 catches for 958 yards (23.95 yards per catch). Standifer has completed 70.5 percent of his passes for 1,867 yards and has 24 total touchdowns (19 passing).
Also hauling in receiving scores for the Bears for the second consecutive week were sophomore Saylor Clark and senior Stephen Muhonen.
Clark made an over-the-shoulder tightly guarded catch for a 29-yard score early in the second quarter, while Muhonen took a pass over the middle and shifted to the left sideline 40 yards and the night's final score of the game with 9:52 remaining.
A proven and dangerous Bradley receiving corps was also sparked by the return of Nick Howell, who had five catches for 86 yards and outraced defenders on a 50-yard catch in the first half despite playing on a hurt ankle.
The Bears totaled 287 of their 506 total yards in the second half, while senior running back Adam Mullis landed his second consecutive 100-yard rushing performance.
The backfield bruiser totaled 103 of his 112 rushing yards in the second half on 13 of his game-high 17 carries. Mullis scored on the first drive of the second half on a 10-yard option pitch he to the right pylon.
Bradley Central defensive backs also tightened up in the second half, as they held Ty Boeck to just 27 receiving yards over the final two quarters after he had 91 yards in the first half.
The Trojans completed 15 passes in the second half, but averaged just 5.8 yards per pass attempt.
“I believed we could post a second half shutout because when we stick together we are hard to beat,” Bradley Central senior cornerback Jordan McIllwain said. “The only thing they could get were completions to the sticks on the out routes and that didn’t affect us too much in the second half.”
Junior nose tackle Parker Johnson had an interception as he jumped a screen pass in the second quarter, Kevin Gentry added his fifth sack of the season and Clay Shoemaker booted a pair of 29-yard field goals to help the cause for Bradley.
Mason Mitchell and Hayden Owenby combined for 12 tackles at linebacker.
With a great deal of momentum to build on from a dominating finish against a tough Trojan team that lost by just one point to state powerhouse Knox Catholic and beat Red Bank, the Bears will look to stretch its win streak further.
Bradley will host Heritage on Friday the 13th and host Senior Night the following week against William Blount before traveling to second-ranked Maryville in its regular season finale Oct. 27.
“Our offense, defense and special teams staff was much better in the second half,” Coach Floyd said. “The first half was on us. The kids executed in the second half and we put them in position to succeed. We hope to put it all together for the weeks to come.”
Bradley Central 31019 6 — 38
Soddy-Daisy1414 0 0 — 28
BC— Clay Shoemaker 29-yd. field goal, 6:36
SD — G. Richardson 22-yd. pass from Gavin Chambers (Cooper Hamilton kick), 3:59
SD — Ty Boeck 63-yd. pass from Chambers (Hamilton kick), 1:34
BC — Saylor Clark 29-yd. pass from Dylan Standifer (Shoemaker kick), 10:39
BC — Shoemaker 29-yd. field goal, 8:09
SD —Brandon Davis 14-yd. run (Hamilton kick)5:08
SD — Ben Jenkins fumble recovery in end zone (Hamilton kick), 3:28
BC — Adam Mullis 10-yd. run (Shoemaker kick), 10:08
BC — Lameric Tucker 76-yd. pass from Standier (pass failed), 6:18
BC — Tucker 4-yd. pass from Standifer (run failed), 3:02
BC — Stephen Muhonen 40-yd. pass from Standifer (Shoemaker kick), 9:52
Rushing: Adam Mullis 17-112 TD, Devin Moore 6-31, Lameric Tucker 1-11, Dylan Standifer 1-1, team 1- -4 (BC); Brandon Davis 15-102 TD, Ty Boeck 5-30, Gavin Chambers 5-0, G. Richardson 1- -4, Hayden Maynor 1- -5 (SD).
Passing: Dylan Standifer 16-26-0 355 yds., 4 TDs (BC); Gavin Chambers 26-33-1 231 yd. 2 TDs, Spencer Gore 1-1-0 28 yds?(SD).
Receiving: Lameric Tucker 8-191 2 TDs, Nick Howell 5-86, Saylor Clark 2-38 TD, Stephen Muhonen 1-40 TD (BC);Ty Boeck 4-118 TD, Jarvis Smith 9-46, Beau Blayock 5-40, G. Richardson 4-28 TD, Hunter Burke 2-22, Hayden Maynor 1-4, Landen Reece 1-2, Brandon Davis 1- -1 (SD).
Defense:?Jay Person 6 solos, 5 asts, 2 TFL, 1 pass breaksup; Mason Mitchell 5 solos, 4 ast., blocked kick; Jeffrey Brewer 4 solos, 2 asts., forced fumble, fumble recoverypass break up; Parker Johnson 2 solos, 6 asts., 1.5 TFL, .5 sack, interception w/ 10-yd. return; Jordan McIllwain 3 solos, 3 asts., .5 TFL; Kevin Gentry 3 solos, 3 asts., 1.5 TFL, 1 sack
Records: Bradley Central 6-1; Soddy-Daisy 4-3.
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