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2020 Gridiron stat leaders

Rushing
(games, attempts, yards, average, TDs)

Destin Wade, Summit 9 127-1193 9.4 14
#Luke Perko, Zion Chr. 10 153-822 5.4 7
#Jaxson Campbell, Independence 10 116-721 6.2 14
#Austin Seals, Richland 8 106-720 6.8 5
#Tre Hartwell, Independence 8 101-666 6.6 7
#Sam Edwards, Richland 9 118-603 5.1 8
#Zavier Davidson, Mt. Pleasant 9 105-582 5.5 7
#Javen Edmiston, Summertown 8 105-568 5.4 6
#Christian Biggers, Columbia Central 9 131-510 3.9 2
Brandon King, Summit 9 59-456 7.7 1

Passing
(games, completions, attempts, yards, TDs, interceptions)

#Jaxson Campbell, Independence 10 132-214-1976 20/2
#Luke Perko, Zion Chr. 10 101-200-1432 22/6
#Brady McCanless, Columbia Central 11 121-216-1430 11/12
Destin Wade, Summit 9 69-111-1097 17/5
#Luka Boylan, Spring Hill 8 70-153-788 5/7
#Colton Shaffer, Summertown 8 47-100-557 5/6
#Sam Edwards, Richland 9 60-115-523 4/9
#Bryant Beranek, Columbia Acad. 6 29-72-372 3/9
#Te’Varius Strayhorn 8 33-66-357 2/4

Receiving
(games, receptions, yards, average, TDs)

#Calvin Wilson, Independence 10 28-640 22.9 9
#Steven Kinnard, Columbia Central 12 42-608 14.5 4
#Ty Lockwood, Independence 10 45-605 13.4 3
#Sam Sullivan, Zion Chr. 10 27 423 15.7 8
#Collins Malone, Columbia Acad. 7 22-365 16.6 3
#Davis Duffy, Zion Chr. 10 21-356 17.0 5
#Justin Buchmann, Columbia Central 9 29-339 11.7 2
#Max Brown, Zion Chr. 10 14-327 23.4 6
Brady Pierce, Summit 9 17-327 19.2 6
#Tyler Kondra, Independence 9 20-298 14.9 2

# season complete

Hoops upcoming

Monday

Summit girls vs. Harpeth at Creek Wood Classic, 4 p.m.
Centennial at Columbia Central

Tuesday

Summit boys vs. Smyrna at Centennial, 2 p.m.
Columbia Central at Marshall Co.
Houston Co. at Richland
Independence at Father Ryan
Middle Tenn. Chr. at Columbia Acad.*
Page at Summertown
Santa Fe at Grace Chr.
Summit girls vs. Creek Wood at Creek Wood Classic, 7 p.m.

Friday

Independence boys vs. Mt. Juliet at Lebanon Thanksgiving Classic, 2:30 p.m.
Independence girls vs. Mt. Juliet at Lebanon Thanksgiving Classic, 4 p.m.
Mt. Pleasant boys vs. Loretto at Cannon Co. Thanksgiving Classic, 3 p.m.
Mt. Pleasant girls vs. Cannon Co. at Cannon Co. Thanksgiving Classic, 4:30 p.m.
Summertown girls vs. Stewart’s Creek at Stewart’s Creek Thanksgiving Classic, 6 p.m.

Saturday

Independence girls vs. Sycamore at Lebanon Thanksgiving Classic, 10 a.m.
Independence boys vs. Stewarts Creek at Lebanon Thanksgiving Classic, 8:30 p.m.
Summertown boys at Fayetteville, 2 p.m.
Summertown girls vs. LaVergne at Stewart’s Creek Thanksgiving Classic, 2 p.m.
Mt. Pleasant at Jackson Co.

*region game

all doubleheaders 6 p.m. start unless otherwise specified

schedule subject to change without prior notice

Bradley relieved of coaching duties at Mt. Pleasant

By Maurice Patton

Bronson Bradley confirmed Friday afternoon that he has been dismissed as football coach at Mt. Pleasant after seven seasons – four of which he guided the Tigers to the state playoffs.

In the midst of a global pandemic, Mt. Pleasant finished 1-8 this fall, the second one-win campaign since Bradley took the helm prior to the 2014 season.

“Usually the doubters and the haters are the loudest after a year like this, but I didn’t hear any of that,” said Bradley, 38-37 over his tenure at the school after going 2-8 in his only season as coach at Westmoreland in 2009. “I think everybody understood – except our administration.

“I don’t know if they understand what we dealt with this year.”

Bronson Bradley was relieved of his head coaching duties on Friday following a 1-8 season. In seven seasons, Bradley compiled a 38-37 record, including a 2-4 postseason mark. (File photo by Ric Beu / SM-Tn Sports)

After losing six offensive starters and three defensive starters from last season’s 8-3 squad, with no spring practice, little summer work and no preseason scrimmages as a result of COVID restrictions, Mt. Pleasant lost its opener 13-12 at Summertown and fell 14-7 to Richland in Region 5-1A play – the first loss to the latter since 1993.

From there, the season spiraled downward, with the Tigers’ only victory coming in a 27-20 decision over visiting Loretto on Oct. 8. The following week, Mt. Pleasant lost 34-27 to Zion Christian, one of four one-possession defeats.

“I was let go by the administration of Mt. Pleasant today,” Bradley said in a prepared statement. “I was not expecting it but football is held to a higher standard even in COVID years.

“I can say without a doubt and without challenge that this program is better than when I found it seven years ago. I have brought a lot of value to this program including a new stadium, new lights, a field that was dirt and clover (and) is now one of the best around, a top-class weight room and program, new lockers and Grade-A practice equipment, a reputation that draws college recruiters year-in and year-out.

“My family loves this community and the young men that have played for me. The relationships I have built with them go far beyond football and I pray they can say the same. I see them already succeeding in life, in the service of our country, and as future leaders. I believe I was called by God to help the young men of this community to be better men and I pray the next man puts that above all the outside pressures of being a football coach. I leave this program without blemish! I am proud of my time here and I have no regrets.

“As with everything I put this and my future in God’s hands and He will work it to my benefit but most importantly to His.”

Bronson Bradley was relieved of his head coaching duties on Friday following a 1-8 season. In seven seasons, Bradley compiled a 38-37 record, including a 2-4 postseason mark. (File photo by Ric Beu / SM-Tn Sports)

Bradley’s wife, Shonté, is a girls basketball assistant. His daughter, Kielee, is a sophomore on the Lady Tigers’ team.

“All I could think about (when informed of his dismissal) was Kielee,” said Bradley, a 1997 Wayne County High School graduate. “Hopefully she can get this behind her and finish this season.”

Mt. Pleasant principal Ryan Jackson spoke to “growing the program” as he explained the decision.

“We’re thankful for Coach Bradley’s commitment and dedication to the school and the community,” Jackson said. “We’re honored for the work he’s done. (But) we’re looking at overall program development and pushing forward into the future with a new direction.

“It’s about growing the program. We’re not talking about good teams, but great programs.”

Jackson said an interim coach would be announced next week and a committee would be formed “with multiple stakeholders as we begin the search and interview process”. He said he hopes to have a successor to Bradley, who will lead the program into Class 2A competition next season, by March.

Maurice Patton is the editor of SM-Tn Sports. He can reached by email at mopattonsports@gmail.com or on Twitter @mopatton_sports.

Mt. Pleasant picks up gridiron contests with county rivals

By Maurice Patton

Reclassification always results in fascinating scheduling matchups, and this cycle appears to be no different.

Along with a new football region – 5-2A – Mt. Pleasant finds itself facing a couple of new opponents for the 2021 and ’22 campaigns.

The Tigers are set to host Maury County rivals Columbia Central and Spring Hill next fall, with the Lions visiting Sept. 24 and the Raiders doing so on Oct. 22.

Mt. Pleasant finished 1-8 this fall, missing the Class 1A state playoffs for the first time in four years. Spring Hill qualified for the Class 4A playoffs and finished 3-6, while Central advanced to the second round of the Class 5A playoffs and finished 6-6.

“We couldn’t find a Week 6 opponent within three hours of us,” Mt. Pleasant coach Bronson Bradley said. “(Central coach Jason Hoath) posted Friday he needed a Week 6 game. We never played before, the kids have always said they wanted to play them.

“We used to play Spring Hill, and we just thought it would be cool if we could all play.”

Mt. Pleasant coach Bronson Bradley has the Tigers set to face Columbia Central and Spring Hill on the gridiron over the next two seasons, with both set to visit in 2021. (Photo by Ric Beu / SM-Tn Sports)

It will be the first official gridiron meeting between the Lions and Tigers since 1961, with Central having won 16 straight matchups in the series after the two teams played to a scoreless tie in their initial clash in 1935.

“It’s a close game for us, Bronson runs a good program down there, and it should be good gates for us both,” Hoath said. “The scheduling process is one of the worst parts of coaching. He was in the same boat as I was in.”

Mt. Pleasant and Spring Hill revive a series last played in 2014. The Raiders enjoy a 15-9 advantage, having won the last two meetings after Tiger victories in 2010, ‘ 11 and ’12.

“(Bradley) reached out to us,” Spring Hill coach Ben Martin said. “In the situation we’re going to be in next year, if we can find games close, without a lot of travel, I think that’ll be a good thing. We’re trying to base our schedule on geography.

“That could be a ‘trap’ game for us: If I win, I’m supposed to; if I don’t, ‘what the heck?’ It’ll be a competitive game, and from his standpoint, there’s nothing to lose.”

Neither Columbia Central nor Spring Hill have completed their schedules for the upcoming season, but both will play in Region 6-5A – along with Franklin County, Lincoln County, Nolensville and Page – making the ‘Backyard Bowl’ a league contest as well.

“It’s going to be interesting, having Central in our region,” Martin said. “Nolensville was with us (in Region 4-4A), so that’s a familiar opponent. Lincoln County’s been on the schedule the last couple of years, although we didn’t play them this year (because of COVID). We picked up Page. It’s going to be a formidable region. I think it’ll be competitive, but I thought our old region was competitive. I think we traded apples for apples.”

“I like our region,” Hoath added. “They’re all good football teams. It’ll be a very competitive region. It’ll all be up for grabs every year.”

Richland will be moving up from Region 5-1A along with Mt. Pleasant, with Forrest, Loretto and Summertown remaining in the 5-2A configuration and Cascade moving in from Region 4-2A.

“We were in Class 2A when I first got here,” said Bradley, who just completed his seventh season at the Tigers’ helm. “I think we’ll compete pretty well with those schools. We’ve scheduled them pretty regularly, either in games or scrimmages. I don’t think it’ll really hurt us.”

Mt. Pleasant 2021 football schedule
*Region 5-2A game

Aug. 20 East Hickman
Aug. 27 at Scotts Hill
Sept. 3 Cascade*
Sept. 10 Lewis Co.
Sept. 17 at Loretto*
Sept. 24 Columbia Central
Oct. 1 Richland*
Oct. 15 at Summertown*
Oct. 22 Spring Hill
Oct. 29 at Forrest*

2020 Gridiron stat leaders

Rushing
(games, attempts, yards, average, TDs)

Destin Wade, Summit 8 98-999 10.2 13
#Luke Perko, Zion Chr. 10 153-822 5.4 7
#Jaxson Campbell, Independence 10 116-721 6.2 14
#Austin Seals, Richland 8 106-720 6.8 5
#Tre Hartwell, Independence 8 101-666 6.6 7
#Sam Edwards, Richland 9 118-603 5.1 8
#Zavier Davidson, Mt. Pleasant 9 105-582 5.5 7
#Javen Edmiston, Summertown 8 105-568 5.4 6
#Christian Biggers, Columbia Central 9 131-510 3.9 2
Brandon King, Summit 8 53-433 8.2 1

Passing
(games, completions, attempts, yards, TDs, interceptions)

#Jaxson Campbell, Independence 10 132-214-1976 20/2
#Luke Perko, Zion Chr. 10 101-200-1432 22/6
#Brady McCanless, Columbia Central 11 121-216-1430 11/12
Destin Wade, Summit 8 56-94-879 13/5
#Luka Boylan, Spring Hill 8 70-153-788 5/7
#Colton Shaffer, Summertown 8 47-100-557 5/6
#Sam Edwards, Richland 9 60-115-523 4/9
#Bryant Beranek, Columbia Acad. 6 29-72-372 3/9
#Te’Varius Strayhorn 8 33-66-357 2/4

Receiving
(games, receptions, yards, average, TDs)

#Calvin Wilson, Independence 10 28-640 22.9 9
#Steven Kinnard, Columbia Central 12 42-608 14.5 4
#Ty Lockwood, Independence 10 45-605 13.4 3
#Sam Sullivan, Zion Chr. 10 27 423 15.7 8
#Collins Malone, Columbia Acad. 7 22-365 16.6 3
#Davis Duffy, Zion Chr. 10 21-356 17.0 5
#Justin Buchmann, Columbia Central 9 29-339 11.7 2
#Max Brown, Zion Chr. 10 14-327 23.4 6
Brady Pierce, Summit 8 16-303 18.9 5
#Tyler Kondra, Independence 9 20-298 14.9 2

# season complete