At Bradford in Starke
Bradford 41, Central 0
Spring game-breakers: Central had its struggles on offense as the new coaching staff worked to instill the new system in live action, but the starting tailback and rising junior Jeremy Williams impressed Bears coach Mike Einspahr the most on that side of the ball with hard-nosed running. …The Bears offense amassed only two first downs and four turnovers, three of which were returned for touchdowns by Bradford. Still, in the first quarter, Central starting quarterback Josh Burkhart barely missed wide receiver Nick Kroner with a deep pass by a few feet. Kroner had gotten behind the coverage. …On defense, the Bears looked solid in their new 3-4 scheme, especially as the game wore on. Central made two fourth-down stops in the fourth quarter as inside linebacker Josh Colon and safety Slade Stoud came to the forefront as leaders of the unit.
Did you know? Of the 75 players who were out in spring practice on a regular basis, 57 made the trip to Starke and all of them played. That's a far cry from anything the program has ever seen on sideline. …Bradford went 4-6 in Class 2B last season, and the Tornados are in a rebuilding mode as well under first-year coach Derek Chipoletti. …Neither team went live on special teams in the contest, a condition the coaches agreed to beforehand.
Audible: "We are getting to the right spots, but we have to learn how to finish. You have to be patient, and I feel like we're on the right track." — Einspahr
Derek J. LaRiviere, Times correspondent