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Tornadoes get first win, defeat Villages 25-8

Cody Bias smothers Villages quarterback Ben Mangum.

Cody Bias smothers Villages quarterback Ben Mangum.


BY CLIFF SMELLEY

Regional News/Sports Editor

The Villages’ ball-control offense limited the Bradford High School football team to two possessions in the second half, but the Tornadoes scored on both of those en route to a 25-8 win in their District 5-4 opener on Sept. 20 in Starke.

“It’s good,” said Bradford head coach Steve Reynolds, whose team opened the season with two straight losses. “We haven’t had a lot to celebrate around here the last couple of weeks.”

Bradford got an 80-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage from Tra’Von Thomas, who finished with 119 yards on four carries.

Wide receiver Kenny Dinkins, who caught three passes for 118 yards, had two touchdown receptions, while Chris Barron caught one pass, which was good for a 13-yard touchdown.

Quarterback Jacob Luke completed 4-of-10 passes for 131 yards. He had two attempts in the second half—both of which went for touchdowns.

Wide receiver Kenny Dinkins makes a catch and picks up extra yards.

Wide receiver Kenny Dinkins makes a catch and picks up extra yards.

Bradford defensive back Holden Huggins breaks up what would’ve been a Villages touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Bradford defensive back Holden Huggins breaks up what would’ve been a Villages touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Quarterback Jacob Luke scrambles for a gain.

Quarterback Jacob Luke scrambles for a gain.

Dawson Watson (left) and Jameaze McNeal combine to make a tackle.

Dawson Watson (left) and Jameaze McNeal combine to make a tackle.

Bradford defensive back Shawn Aaron chases down Kole Harris.

Bradford defensive back Shawn Aaron chases down Kole Harris.

Jarvis DeSue carries the ball for Bradford in the fourth quarter.

Jarvis DeSue carries the ball for Bradford in the fourth quarter.

Bradford running back Jarvis DeSue gets loose for a big gain.

Bradford running back Jarvis DeSue gets loose for a big gain.

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