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Bradford’s Ardley to play football at Ellsworth

Bradford High School senior Keaaris Ardley signs his letter of intent to play football at Ellsworth Community College. He is accompanied by his mother, Aurilla Williams, and BHS assistant coach Josh Burch.

Bradford High School senior Keaaris Ardley signs his letter of intent to play football at Ellsworth Community College. He is accompanied by his mother, Aurilla Williams, and BHS assistant coach Josh Burch.


BY CLIFF SMELLEY

Staff Writer

He didn’t know if this day would ever arrive, but Bradford High School senior Keaaris Ardley finally got his chance, accepting an offer to play football at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, Iowa.

Ardley, who signed a letter of intent at BHS on Feb. 26, said he went from crying and praying for an opportunity to getting the good news from BHS head coach Steve Reynolds that Ellsworth was interested in him.

“It’s a blessing,” Ardley said.

Ardley played defensive back and wide receiver at BHS and said he will be a safety at Ellsworth. Bradford assistant coach Josh Burch said Ardley was a huge asset on the defensive side of the ball.

“This season, in particular, he was Mr. Everything for us on defense,” Burch said. “Whenever we needed to make a play, he was the one to do it.”

Ardley said he was shocked he didn’t attract interest from other schools, but now welcomes the chance to shine for Ellsworth and show others what they missed out on.

“I’m ready,” Ardley said. “The (Ellsworth) coach sent me a workout to do right now for camp. I’ll do that, go in, hope to grind and be playing when I get there. All those who overlooked me will be wishing they had gotten me.”

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