RINGGOLD, Ga. — The 2014 Bradley Central football squad got its first taste of competition Thursday evening with a short road trip south of the state line.
The Bears traveled to Heritage High School in Ringgold, Ga., to participate in 7-on-7 action against Coach E.K. Slaughter’s new team and East Ridge, which is picked to win the District 6-AA title by local media. Gordon Lee (Ga.) was scheduled to be there but didn’t attend.
“It went well. We competed hard and played hard,” declared Bear assistant coach Keith Freeman this morning. “Our defense played really well.”
“We’ve got a lot of new faces and this was our first taste under fire. We responded well,” he assessed. “We also got to have a session with our freshmen guys taking on Heritage’s JV (junior varsity).”
With the Bears under the direction of the latest in a long line of successful Copeland quarterbacks, 6-foot-2 sophomore Cole Copeland took the reins to direct the offense.
“Cole looked good. He threw the ball well and made good decisions,” Coach Freeman commented.
“Daniel Clark also had a really nice night, catching five touchdown passes,” the Bear assistant said of the 6-foot-3 senior wide receiver.
“We used a 12-play format and didn’t really keep score,” he added.
Bradley will play in a trio of 7-on-7 events next week with trips to Maryville (Tuesday), Lenoir City (Wednesday) and the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga (July 19).
Cleveland High will open their 7-on-7 passing league play Saturday at Maryville College. The Blue Raiders will travel to Chattanooga twice next week, heading to Boyd-Buchanan Tuesday evening and UTC Saturday.