Bears tighten up loose ends with scrimmage against Brainerd ’Cats
by RICHARD ROBERTS Banner Sports Editor
Aug 15, 2013 | 906 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BRADLEY CENTRAL QUARTERBACK Brett Standifer looks for running room during the Bears’ scrimmage with the Brainerd Panthers Wednesday in Bear Stadium. Banner photo, RICHARD ROBERTS
BRADLEY CENTRAL QUARTERBACK Brett Standifer looks for running room during the Bears’ scrimmage with the Brainerd Panthers Wednesday in Bear Stadium. Banner photo, RICHARD ROBERTS
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In the last dress rehearsal before Friday’s dress rehearsal at Finley Stadium, the Bradley Bears mixed it up with Brainerd on the scrimmage field Wednesday.

The Bears and Panthers lined up in a 20-minute running clock utilizing both varsity and JV.

“We played everybody today. We got a lot of people playing time and we’re still trying to work the kinks out for the first game. We’re trying to look at some different things and some different people at different positions and trying the best 11 to put on the field at one time,” said Bears coach Damon Floyd. “We’re still having some mental mistakes that we have to fix before Polk. The good thing is everybody got to play today. It was kind of a game prep.”

After a few stutter steps in the early going the Bears turned up the heat on offense and had little trouble dicing up the Brainerd defense. Bradley ate up chunks of yardage while dominating the Panthers’ defensive line.

The live-action scrimmage — on all but special teams — gave the Floyd followers a chance to see what is going well and what needs to be tweaked further.

“We did special teams although they weren’t live. We made sure our sidelines were paying attention,” he said.

“We will go back and watch the film and correct the mistakes we made. It’s always good to go against another team, see our guys compete and correct the mistakes the next day.”

The time on the field also gave Floyd and staff a chance to see what is going well. The coach admitted the Bears are still working to find consistency on an every day basis. No one thing, he said is holding back progress.

“It’s different things every day. You think you have something fixed and you go out and practice or scrimmage and make mistakes. We’re doing some good things, but we’re still doing some bad things,” he stated. “We’ve just got to keep progressing and hope we get better each day.”

The scrimmage also gave the Bradley staff a chance to take an early look at some things that need to be worked on before the Bears Aug. 23rd opener in Benton against Polk County.

Defensively, the Bears will be focusing on the mainstay of the Wildcats offense.

“Zach Miller. I’m seeing him in my sleep,” Floyd said only half joking when asked what concerns him most. “All we’re really thinking about is that first game. Honestly, Zach Miller is going to be a beast.

“We don’t have goals for the season, we have one goal and that’s the first game. That’s what we’re focusing on.”