Eagles Take Flight to Cleveland to Tangle with Bears

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Eagles' A.J. Velasco breaks for a nice gain against Bears in Southeast Classic Jamboree (LorissaCannon/RheaReview)

After last week’s key region win over Lenoir City, Rhea County will travel to Cleveland to face the Bears of Bradley Central in non-region action. The Eagles enter the contest with a record of 3-2, while the Bears enter the match-up with a record of 3-1.

Last Friday night, the Bears took on the Cleveland Blue Raiders in their annual rivalry, coming away with a win by a score of 27-21. The lone loss suffered by Bradley Central this season came in overtime at the hands of 2015 Class 5A State Champion Farragut 21-27.

Bradley Central High School
Mascot: Bears
Class 6A, Region 2

Players to Watch Out For:

Bradley Central

-Jay Person (#1, Linebacker, senior)
One of the most highly recruited players in the Chattanooga area this cycle with three stars and offers from the likes Mississippi State, Missouri, Appalachian State, and others, Person has a high football IQ and is hard-nosed defender.

-Dylan Standifer (#8, quarterback, junior)
Standifer is a solid quarterback with a powerful arm who has helped the Bradley Central program continue in the right direction after the loss of the highly talented Cole Copeland, who is currently playing for UT-Chattanooga.

-Lameric Tucker (#15, wide receiver, senior)
Tucker, a serious threat every time he touches the ball in the passing game for the Bears, is committed to UT-Chattanooga and chose the Mocs over offers from Tennessee Tech and Austin Peay.

Rhea County

Logan Sullivan (#68, offensive tackle, senior)
-Tough, knowledgeable tackle who has helped pave the way for Rhea County’s successful run game.

Mason Reynolds (#47, defensive line, senior)
-Relentless defender who has a decent pass rush and push at the line of scrimmage.

Haden Frasier (#1, quarterback/placekicker, junior)
-Starting placekicker and back-up quarterback, has made all but one extra point attempt this season and is a reliable game manager when called upon.

Outlook: A meeting between two blue-blood programs in the Tennessee Valley almost always brings a great game. For Rhea County fans, none of the games this season have failed to disappoint in the department of thrill and excitement, and I foresee this one to be no different. The rivals, who have faced each other a total of 27 times, with the Bears holding the tight 14-13 advantage in the series. If the Eagles can stop the Bears passing attack, get a solid run game established, and keep themselves focused on this week, I believe the locals stand a chance of securing a key win before the monumental region game at Knoxville Catholic next Friday night.

Brian’s Pick: Rhea County 21, Bradley Central 20

Region 4-5A Standings

1. Rhea County (3-2, 2-0)
2. Knoxville Catholic (3-2, 1-0)
3. Lenoir City (3-2, 1-1)
4. Walker Valley (0-4, 0-1)
5. Soddy-Daisy (3-2, 0-2)

*Other Region 4-5A games

Walker Valley (0-4) @ Cleveland (3-2): Cleveland by 21

Lenoir City (3-2) @Powell (4-1): Lenoir City by 7

Ooltewah (3-2) @ Soddy-Daisy (3-2): Soddy-Daisy by 3

Brentwood Academy (5-0) @ Knoxville Catholic (3-2): Brentwood Academy by 10

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