Bears nip state champs in scrimmage
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KNOXVILLE — After getting off to a slow start, the Bradley Central football Bears bounced back against defending DII-A state champion Knoxville Webb in a scrimmage Thursday.

“We started off horrible,” declared Damon Floyd, who is heading into his ninth season as the head coach of the Bears. “We gave up a couple of early scores, but I was glad to see us not give up — and fight back.”

Bradley rallied for a 4-3 victory on the Spartans’ home field.

The Bears will host Notre Dame in their final preseason scrimmage Tuesday, before taking on Howard, whose smallest lineman weighs 310 pounds, in the Best of Preps Jamboree Aug. 15 at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga.

With a 10 offensive play format, Webb struck quickly with an “over the top” long pass play, and then used a pair of “grind it out” scoring drives for its other two touchdowns, according to Floyd.

“We had trouble stopping their running game,” assessed the Bear coach. “We’ve still got a long way to go.”

After a few early problems, the Bear offense got going and was able to find the end zone twice through the air and two more times on the ground.

After having to scramble around, sophomore quarterback Cole Copeland connected with junior Tyler Carpenter for a 16-yard touchdown toss and then a little later hit fleet-footed sophomore Trevon Hill on a 70-yard bomb for another score.

Senior running back Christian Hamilton capped off a Bear scoring drive with a 5-yard dash, while Copeland took the ball in himself from 20 yards out for the other score.

“We’ve still got some players learning their positions, so it will take a little more time to get everything where we want it to be,” summarized Coach Floyd. “That’s what these scrimmages are for — to see where we are and what we need to work on.”