Bradford football preview

Bradford_TornadoesBradford (Starke) Tornadoes (Class 4A-District 4)

2013 Record:  3-7

Head Coach:  Corey Green

Key Players:  Jacob Luke (QB, Sr.), Jameaze McNeal (LB, Jr.), Rodderick Broomfield (DB, Sr.), Don Jeffers (TE/OLB, Sr.), Jarvis Desue (RB, Jr.)

Outlook:  Green, a former coach at Hamilton County, took over for Steve Reynolds in June.  His father is Danny Green, who spent time as head coach at Columbia (Lake City) and Orange Park, where the younger Green served as offensive coordinator for five seasons.

Despite only three wins last season, the Tornadoes were able to get into the postseason after a two-year hiatus, and they were only two points away from winning the district title. They lost to district champion Keystone Heights, 21-20, and will host the Indians in the district finale in 2014.

They lose UAB signee Kenny Dinkins, who led the Gainesville-area with 915 yards receiving and nine touchdowns, but Luke is back at quarterback. He threw for 1,383 yards and 14 TDs in 2013. The Tornadoes have some young receivers who are looking forward to their opportunity to shine. Desue is an experienced back who has had a lot of carries during his tenure.

2014 Football Schedule
Friday, August 22 – at Buchholz (Gainesville), 7 p.m. (Preseason)
Friday, August 29 – vs. Suwannee (Live Oak), 7:30 p.m.
Friday, September 5 – vs. Baker County (Glen St. Mary), 7:30 p.m.
Friday, September 12 – at Fort White, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, September 19 – at The Villages, 7:30 p.m.*
Friday, September 26 – at Palatka, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 3 – vs. Interlachen, 7:30 p.m.*
Friday, October 10 – at Wakulla (Crawfordville), 7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 24 – at Umatilla, 7:30 p.m.*
Friday, October 31 – vs. Keystone Heights, 7 p.m.*
Friday, November 7 – vs. Eastside (Gainesville), 7:30 p.m.

*District game

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“The Prep Zone” will count down to kick-off with a daily preview of high school football teams in the North Central Florida area.  Here are the future release dates:

CLASS 5A-DISTRICT 5
July 10 – Belleview
July 11 – Crystal River
July 12 – Dunnellon
July 13 – Eastside (Gainesville)
July 14 – North Marion (Citra)
July 15 – Santa Fe (Alachua)
July 16 – Suwannee (Live Oak)

CLASS 5A-DISTRICT 6
July 17 – Central (Brooksville)
July 18 – Weeki Wachee
July 19 – Hernando (Brooksville)
July 20 – Nature Coast (Brooksville)
July 21 – South Sumter (Bushnell)

CLASS 6A-DISTRICT 3
July 22 – Columbia (Lake City)

CLASS 6A-DISTRICT 5
July 23 – Citrus (Inverness)
July 24 – Gainesville
July 25 – Lake Weir (Ocala)
July 26 – Vanguard (Ocala)
July 27 – Forest (Ocala)

CLASS 6A-DISTRICT 6
July 28 – Springstead (Spring Hill)

CLASS 7A-DISTRICT 3
July 29 – Buchholz (Gainesville)

CLASS 8A-DISTRICT 1
July 30 – West Port (Ocala)