Bears claim Scenic City Showdown

By GARY OWNBEY Banner Correspondent
Posted 7/15/17

CHATTANOOGA — As they had in their previous 7-on-7 competitions, Bradley Central roared into Finley Stadium Saturday and mauled the competition at the 2017 Scenic City Showdown.

Fourteen …

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Bears claim Scenic City Showdown

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CHATTANOOGA — As they had in their previous 7-on-7 competitions, Bradley Central roared into Finley Stadium Saturday and mauled the competition at the 2017 Scenic City Showdown.

Fourteen teams divided into two pools, playing at Finley Stadium and at the UTC’s Scrappy Moore practice facility, battled it out and after two lengthy lightning delays the Bears wrapped up the championship with a tie-breaker in the third overtime to pay Soddy-Daisy back for its lone loss of the day.

The emotion and intensity displayed should make for an interesting encounter when the same teams meet again in the regular season during Week 7 in a non-region contest.

The Bears fought their way to a 6-1-1 record on the day as a member of Pool A at Finley. They were granted the No. 2 overall seed for the tournament portion of the days’ action, with Meigs County being tabbed the overall top seed after going 5-0 on Scrappy Moore Field.

The Bears opened morning action with a 12-6 win over Baylor with defensive back Jeffrey Brewer returning an interception for a touchdown for the winning margin.

The first Bear score came on a pass from junior quarterback Dylan Standifer to all-state receiver Lameric Tucker. This scintillating duo would connect for eight touchdowns throughout the day.

The Bears clinched win No. 2 with a 14-0 shutout of East Ridge. In just his third day back from baseball, Standifer hooked up with Tucker and senior Nick Howell for touchdowns. Howell also caught the two-point conversion pass.

Defense stepped up big for the Bears with four interceptions in Saturday’s play as Damon “Deuce” Floyd nabbed two against Morristown-West and returned one to paydirt in a 19-12 win.

Standifer and Tucker connected again with senior Stephen Muhonen getting in on the action as well for his first score of the day.

The Bears seemed to lose their focus for a spell with a 7-7 tie against Weaver, Ala., with Tucker on the receiving end of another score.

The only loss of the day for the Bears came when Soddy-Daisy connected on a remarkable play for a touchdown as the clock struck zero to claim a 15-8 win.

The final pool play contest was against McCallie, resulting in a 8-6 Bear victory over the Blue Tornado as the lightning delays began.

After sitting for well over two hours, play resumed only to be halted a second time.

Delays amounted to about three hours while the teams enjoyed lunch and got a chance to catch their breath.

In the tournament playoffs, the Bears received a first-round bye which turned into another bye when McCallie and Goodpasture headed home due to the uncertainty of the second delay.

The Bears matched up for their second game against Weaver in the semifinals and pulled out a 14-12 verdict thanks to another score for Tucker who also grabbed the two-point conversion for the winning margin.

Muhonen made his second touchdown reception of the day for the Bears initial score against the ’Bama boys.

It all boiled down to the Bears and Trojans for the championship plaque and it turned into a dilly of a battle.

Standifer and Tucker connected for their final touchdown in this match-up and freshman Tray Curry leaped high to pull down the Bears second score.

Soddy-Daisy rallied late to tie the game at 13-13 after converting the PAT, resulting in the overtime procedures being used.

In the first extra possession, each team got a single play from the opponent’s five-yard line.

With both teams failing to score, the ball was moved back to the 10-yard line and once again neither team connected.

The final tie-breaker is a “one-on-one,” (receiver against a defender) situation with a coin toss determining what matchup the winner prefered.

The Bears won the toss and it would again be Standifer and Tucker facing a single Trojan defensive back.

If the defender stopped the completion then the Trojans are declared the victor. With a completion the Bears would be the champions.

It was a bobbled reception by Tucker that provided the game-winner and championship to the Black-and-Gold.

Afterwards Coach Damon Floyd was very pleased by the resiliency of his Bears after sitting through the long delays.

“It was a long day filled with adversity and we overcame it all. Very good completion can only make us better. We got a lot of work in and we have a lot to fix as well.

“While it might not have been regulation football, we didn’t come down here to lose and we didn’t,” he added. “We’re heading home with the championship trophy.”

The Bears swept through three different 7-on-7 competitions during the past week and now set their sights on an even busier week as they hit the road for three consecutive nights of action including Tuesday at Soddy-Daisy, Wednesday at Lenoir City and Thursday at Alcoa.

They’ll return to Bear Stadium for the annual six-way scrimmage July 29 with Knox Catholic, Hardin Valley, Soddy-Daisy, McMinn Central and East Ridge lined up for exciting head-to-head action.

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