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‘Nothing beats football’

Head coach Steve Reynolds gives some instruction to Drian Jenkins.

Head coach Steve Reynolds gives some instruction to Drian Jenkins.


BY CLIFF SMELLEY

Staff Writer

Jacob Luke had a sport in baseball that kept him busy during the last three months, but he was ready to step off the diamond, don the helmet and pads, and step back onto the football field.

Spring practices began May 1, and Bradford High School’s returning starter at quarterback welcomed the chance to start preparing for another season.

“I missed it,” said Luke, who will be a senior. “This is probably my favorite sport. Nothing beats football.”

Bradford head coach Steve Reynolds was no less excited.

“I hate the off-season,” Reynolds said. “I love to finally get back out here (and see) young kids who maybe didn’t get as much playing time last year excited about coming out and trying to show their hand and show off how much stronger and bigger they’ve gotten.”

Bradford will host a Scarlet and Gray scrimmage on Thursday, May 15, at 6 p.m. Admission is free.

On Friday, May 23, the Tornadoes will cap the spring in a three-team classic at Newberry High School. Play begins at 7 p.m. with Bradford taking on Dunnellon. Dunnellon will then play Newberry before Newberry plays Bradford.

Johnny Hernandez is fired up at Bradford’s May 8 practice.

Johnny Hernandez is fired up at Bradford’s May 8 practice.

Chance Oody (right) catches a pass in front of Cody Tillman.

Chance Oody (right) catches a pass in front of Cody Tillman.

Quarterback Jacob Luke executes a handoff.

Quarterback Jacob Luke executes a handoff.

Dustin Orton lowers his shoulder into the tackling dummy.

Dustin Orton lowers his shoulder into the tackling dummy.

Trevor Shannahan prepares to hit the tackling dummy as head coach Steve Reynolds looks on.

Trevor Shannahan prepares to hit the tackling dummy as head coach Steve Reynolds looks on.

Head coach Steve Reynolds looks on as linemen push the sled.

Head coach Steve Reynolds looks on as linemen push the sled.

Returning wide receiver Chris Barron catches a pass during the May 8 practice.

Returning wide receiver Chris Barron catches a pass during the May 8 practice.

Carlton Hankerson participates in team stretching exercises.

Carlton Hankerson participates in team stretching exercises.

Don Jeffers

Don Jeffers

Jarvis DeSue (center), a returning starter at running back participates in a drill that emphasizes holding onto the ball.

Jarvis DeSue (center), a returning starter at running back participates in a drill that emphasizes holding onto the ball.

Da’quon Blackshear prepares to catch a pass.

Da’quon Blackshear prepares to catch a pass.

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