Bradford (Starke) football preview

Bradford_TornadoesBRADFORD (STARKE) TORNADOES (4A-District 3)

2014 RECORD: 1-9

HEAD COACH: Corey Green (2nd year)

KEY PLAYERS: Shawn Aaron (Sr., QB), Johnny Hernandez (Sr., OL/DL), Chance Oody (Sr., QB/LB), Carlton Hankerson (Jr., WR/DB), Xavien Jenkins (Jr., RB/DB), Aundre Carter (So., RB/LB), Jameaze McNeal (Sr., RB/LB)

2015 PREVIEW: In his first season as head coach, Corey Green, who was hired in late June 2014, was a head coach previously at Hamilton County (Jasper) from 2005-2007. Green, who is the son of longtime coach Danny Green, replaced Steve Reynolds, who went to Oakleaf (Orange Park) to join former Bradford coach Derek Chipoletti’s coaching staff. Green struggled in his first season as the Tornadoes finished 1-9 last year.

Bradford comes into the 2015 season as a relatively young team with only one senior on the offensive line and only one senior on the defensive line.  Green is hoping that the team’s improvements over the offseason can compensate for its youth. It was a very productive offseason with the hire of Coach Bobby Johns, who has assumed responsibility for the weightlifting program, and the players are making a lot of progress in the strength program.

“This year’s district will be very competitive but like everyone else our goal is to make the playoffs,” said Green.

The Tornadoes replace The Villages and Umatilla with Alachua County schools P.K. Yonge and Santa Fe in their challenging district.  Umatilla and The Villages have moved over to District 4, while league favorite Santa Fe drops from 5A to the new 4A-District 3.

2015 SCHEDULE
Aug. 28 – at Cedar Creek Christian (Jacksonville)
Sept. 4 – at Baker County (Glen St. Mary)
Sept. 11 – vs. Taylor County (Perry)
Sept. 18 – vs. P.K. Yonge (Gainesville)*
Sept. 25 – vs. Hamilton County (Jasper)
Oct. 2 – at Santa Fe (Alachua)*
Oct. 9 – at Fernandina Beach
Oct. 16 – vs. Keystone Heights*
Oct. 23 – OFF
Oct. 30 – vs. Interlachen*
Nov. 6 – vs. Crescent City

*District game

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“The Prep Zone” has been counting down to kick-off with a preview of high school football teams in the North Central Florida area.  Past team previews:

July 20 – BELL BULLDOGS
July 21 – BELLEVIEW RATTLERS
July 22 – BRADFORD (STARKE) TORNADOES
July 23 – BRANFORD BUCCANEERS
July 24 – BRONSON EAGLES
July 25 – BUCHHOLZ (GAINESVILLE) BOBCATS
July 26 – CHIEFLAND INDIANS
July 27 – CITRUS (INVERNESS) HURRICANES
July 28 – COLUMBIA (LAKE CITY) TIGERS
July 29 – DIXIE COUNTY (CROSS CITY) BEARS
July 30 – DUNNELLON TIGERS
Aug. 1 – EASTSIDE (GAINESVILLE) RAMS
Aug. 2 – FOREST (OCALA) WILDCATS
Aug. 3 – FORT WHITE INDIANS
Aug. 4 – GAINESVILLE HURRICANES
Aug. 5 – HAMILTON COUNTY (JASPER) TROJANS