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Bradford Football's Mt. Rushmore

Published on Tue, Apr 8, 2014 by Terry Vaughan
As I approach my 29th year as voice of Tornado football on Eagle Country 106.3, I often find myself waxing nostalgic with memories of those who built the Tornado program brick-by-brick, stone-by-stone. Our rich history was crafted through the dedication and skills of so many great coaches, fans, administrators, and players covering many decades. So, I began to ask myself: If there were a Mount Rushmore for BHS Football, which four faces would be on display in a chisled granite tribute? It is a ...
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When it Pours...It's Raines

Published on Sun, Nov 17, 2013 by Terry Vaughan
Drip.....Drip....Drip..... The leaks were evident early on. But the dam held up despite the constant wave of pressure. Then it happened. At about the 1:38 mark of the First Quarter, the flood began. Raines found the end zone and unleashed the storm-like fury. Like a man trying to hang on to a branch in a raging stream of water, the Tornadoes could no longer keep their grip and were swept away. The mighty Vikings of Raines High School, on a field they call "The Graveyard", demonstrated why they ...
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Eastside Story

Published on Sat, Nov 9, 2013 by Anonymous
It took Broadway by storm in 57. The Leonard Bernstein musical West Side Story spun a tale of a battle between rival gangs in the hardscrabble backstreets of New York. Fast forward 56 years and the Jets and Sharks are at it again. Instead of the shadowy underbelly of the Big Apple, this showdown took place under the bright lights of Citizens Field in Gainesville Friday night. This time you can name it Eastside Story. The big and athletic 5A Eastside Rams ambushed the Tornadoes with an agressive ...
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The Loneliest Number

Published on Sun, Nov 3, 2013 by Terry Vaughan
Harry Nilsson was right. The legendary singer/songwriter penned the song and placed it in his 1967 album entitled Aerial Ballet. Three Dog Night released it two years later in their debut album and it became a top 5 Billboard hit. One is The Loneliest Number Bradford fans can relate following the hard fought 21-20 loss to Keystone Friday night. There is nothing that leaves you with more of an empty feeling than falling short by a single digit with so much at stake. It was, however, a battle ...
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Bubblin' Crude a Shot Away

Published on Sun, Oct 27, 2013 by Terry Vaughan
It remains one of my all time favorite sit-coms and the theme song is one you no doubt will recall with nostalgic glee. Come on..sing along! I know you know the words made famous by Flatt and Scruggs. "Come and listen to a story about a man named Jed. A poor mountaineer, barely kept his family fed. Then one day he was shootin' at some food, and up through the ground came a bubblin' crude. Oil that is, black gold. Texas tea." Following their 27-14 district Homecoming victory against Umatilla, ...
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The View From Glass Bottom

Published on Sun, Oct 13, 2013 by Terry Vaughan
The word "Wakulla" is believed to have derived from the Timucuan Indians, meaning "Spring of Water". This makes sense, as Wakulla Springs remains a popular attraction and features Glass Bottom Boat rides in which tourists can view hundreds of feet down through crystal clear spring-fed waters. Many fond memories remain from my many visits to this "Old Florida" treasure growing up. As was the case with Silver Springs in Ocala, numerous classic movies were filmed at Wakulla Springs, to include ...
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Sir Winston and the Win

Published on Sun, Oct 6, 2013 by Terry Vaughan
Legendary British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was once publically approached and chided by Bessie Braddock- one of his political rivals in Parliament. It seems that Braddock took exception to Sir Winston's propensity to tip a few too many pints of Guinness with the commoners at a local pub. "I may be drunk" the rotund Churchill replied before taking a draw on a large cigar. "But in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly." For fans who made the trip to Interlachen to ...
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One of Hollywood's legendary tough guys was once the little kid that everyone picked on. As a child Bruce Lee often came home bloodied and bruised from losing fights in the hardscrabble streets of Hong Kong. He decided to adapt by learning martial arts and later became one of pop culture's greatest icons for his many roles in action films such as Fists of Fury and Enter the Dragon. His masterful fight scenes on film were so captivating because his audience knew he could back it up in real ...
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Eggs-actly What BHS Needed

Published on Sun, Sep 22, 2013 by Terry Vaughan
Bill Peterson was a storied Head Football Coach at FSU in the 1960's when the fledgling Seminole program was still finding its way. Coach Pete laid a excellent foundation that Bobby Bowden was later able to build upon. As much as Peterson was respected for his Coaching prowess, he is perhaps best known for his many inadvertent slips of the tongue, which resulted in him being labeled as "The Master of the Malaprop." In a somber lockeroom following a loss, he once asked his team captain to lead ...
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Are We There Yet?

Published on Sun, Sep 15, 2013 by Terry Vaughan
It was a Summer tradition in the Vaughan household back in the days when men's ties were wide and roads were narrow. We would load up the "family truckster" and make the long trek to the Smoky Mountains for a week of fun at a higher elevation. The problem was that as a youngster, in my mind it seemed to take forever for us to reach our destination. During the long journey, no doubt my Dad grew tired of the familiar whine that eminated from the backseat of our 1970 Ford LTD. "Are we there ...
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There is a reason why many states have declared that texting while driving is dangerous and illegal. So many tragic crashes have occured because a driver had their head down and focused on the phone in their lap rather than the road ahead. It is a good lesson for the Bradford High Tornadoes to grasp on to. After the season opener at Suwannee was cancelled due to a lightning storm, Bradford had to get their mojo back up to face arch rival Baker County on the road Friday night. For the past 28 ...
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Groundhogs and Pigskins

Published on Mon, Aug 5, 2013 by Terry Vaughan
20 years ago, movie goers were laughing out loud at the predicament Bill Murray found himself in. As Phil, the TV meteorologist, he discovered that he was trapped in a cycle in which every day was a carbon copy of the day before. One of Phil's memorable quotes from the 1993 film Groundhog Day went something like this: "It's the same thing your whole life; Clean up your room. Stand up straight, Pick up your feet. Take it like a man. Don't mix beer and wine ever. Oh yeah: Don't drive on the ...
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BHS Softball: What a Ride!

Published on Mon, May 13, 2013 by Terry Vaughan
The game of life can provide us with a journey full of mountaintop experiences as well as the occasional venture into the valley. Some place so much emphasis on making it to a pre-determined destination that they fail to enjoy the trip along the way. While it would have been great if the Bradford Softball team had been able to pack a State Championship trophy in their suitcase for the trip back home from Vero Beach last week, nothing can diminish what these girls accomplished during the 2013 ...
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Queens of Clutch

Published on Fri, Apr 26, 2013 by Terry Vaughan
Back in the day, a guy named Jordan became a legend for making clutch plays in the playoffs when the game was on the line. On Thursday night, Jordan did it again. Different sport, gender and generation-same clutch result. The 25-2 Bradford High Girls Softball team had enjoyed a magical season, winning their district in dramatic fashion with a walk-off victory over rival Keystone Heights last week. A scrappy 9-12 South Sumter squad strolled into Tornado Alley Thursday for a Region 2 Quarterfinal ...
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Perhaps its was appropriate that the old Firehouse on Jefferson Street was the setting for Coach Steve Reynolds address to the folks at First United Methodist Church last Wednesday evening. Heavy on the fire. Ample dose of brimstone. The Right Reverend of Tornado Football provided a stem-winding overview of his philosphy regarding the development of his program. As he wrapped up his inspiring remarks-I was ready to summon my half-a century-plus old body to the practice fields to attack the ...
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Spring Forward...Fall Back

Published on Tue, Mar 26, 2013 by Terry Vaughan
You gotta love the month of March. March Madness. St. Patrick's Day. Lent. Easter. Significant occasions all. It is also the month that we are forced to recall the axiom "Spring Forward, Fall Backward." While the first Monday after the annual start of Daylight Savings Time may lead to the abuse of snooze buttons and alarm clocks everywhere, I really enjoy the change once my body adjusts. It is great to have the option of playing 9 holes at the Starke Golf and Country Club after clocking out at ...
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NOTE: This blog was updated 3/5/13 to reflect yet another tweak to the 2013 BHS Football Schedule. Wakulla has been booked to come to Starke to replace Atlantic Coast on Oct. 11. ***************************************************************************************** Trying to nail down a high school football schedule is like trying to eat Jello with chopsticks. Just when you think you have everything secured, a couple of bites fall on the floor. Bradford Coach Steve Reynolds can relate. He ...
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2013 Football Schedule a Challenge!

Published on Thu, Jan 31, 2013 by Terry Vaughan
The Fall football schedule for Bradford High has just been released, and it shapes up to be a challenging slate for the Tornadoes and their 2nd year Coach Steve Reynolds. About the only thing not set in stone is an opponent for the August 23rd Kickoff Classic. It will likely be either First Coast, North Florida Christian, or Panama City Mosley. Regardless, the task at hand will be difficult. BHS opens the regular season the following Friday (8/30) in Live Oak against Suwannee. The Bulldogs are ...
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Although the kickoff of the 2013 High School football season is still over 8 months away, Bradford High received some very significant news regarding their fate next year. The Florida High School Athletic Association just released its plan for revised football Districts that will likely provide the destination for the Tornadoes the next couple of seasons barring some tweaks. Starting next year, it appears Bradford will be slated for District 4 in the 4A classification, along with Interlachen, ...
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McBride Gets a Ride!!!!!

Published on Wed, Nov 14, 2012 by Terry Vaughan
At 6'10", Justin McBride is the center of attention on the basketball court. Today he was also the center of attention in the Bradford High Media Center, where a ceremony was held in which Justin officially signed his papers to accept a scholarship to play basketball next season at the University of Central Florida. The dominant post player should help pave the way for Coach Traavis Chandler and the Tornado basketball team to enjoy a special season. Justin is a fine young man who will represent ...
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A Trip Down Baker Street

Published on Sun, Nov 11, 2012 by Terry Vaughan
In 1978, which happened to be my Senior year in high school, Scottish Singer/Songwriter Gerry Rafftery released a tune that peaked at #2 on the Billboard charts. Entitled "Baker Street", one of the lines in the song went like this: You used to think that it was so easy.. You uses to say that it was so easy. But you're trying, you're trying now. Another year and then you'd be happy.. Just one more year and then you'd be happy. But you're cryin', you're cryin' now. There was a time that ...
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A Senior Moment

Published on Sun, Nov 4, 2012 by Terry Vaughan
Ever forget where you left the car keys? Some would chuckle and consider it a "Senior Moment." A totally different type of senior moment occurred within David Hurse Stadium Friday night as 17 young men were recognized before they donned a scarlet and gray uniform in front of a home crowd for the final time in their high school careers. There is something special about Senior Night, and the Bradford High Tornadoes made it memorable with a 48-0 District thrashing of Interlachen. All 17 Seniors ...
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A Bit Cooked-But Not Yet Done

Published on Sun, Oct 28, 2012 by Terry Vaughan
RECIPE FOR DISASTER In a small bowl, add 4 turnovers Sprinkle in 8 sacks Combine a heavy dose of penalties Limit the amount of ground game Bake for 3 hours Pull from oven with playoff chances mostly cooked-but still alive It is not surprising that when the Tornadoes and Hurricanes met in the concave bowl that is the Mt. Dora football stadium, it was a blustery night. With a chance at a playoff berth sitting on a platter, it is too bad that Bradford was the one who tossed into the wind their ...
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BHS Better Wachee out this Weeki

Published on Sun, Oct 21, 2012 by Terry Vaughan
For the first time ever, the new Weeki Wachee High School football team ventured into Starke last Friday. While I had visited the town's Mermaid tourist attraction as a youngster, I could not remember exactly how to pronounce the name. For the record- it is WEEK-EE WATCH-EE. If the town was ever featured on the board during a Wheel of Fortune episode, a contestant could figure it out by simply buying enough vowels. Wikipedia says the official population of Weeki Wachee is 12-about 12 less than ...
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Reversing the Curse

Published on Sun, Oct 14, 2012 by Terry Vaughan
Everything pointed to a major collapse against Keystone...again. Yes, the team that has been the pesky Gremlin in this rivalry series seemed to have dusted off an old familiar script and was poised for an encore performance. Keystone Coach Chuck Dickinson again was proving that he was one of the best at his craft at getting his guys ready to go to war -fighting until the final whistle. 4 minutes into the 2nd half a 20-0 Bradford lead had evaporated like a sno-cone on a griddle. A pair of ...
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Sherman Marches North-Burns Bradford

Published on Sun, Oct 7, 2012 by Terry Vaughan
In the Spring of 1864 Union General William Tecumseh Sherman began his infamous march to the South, paving a path of destruction along his way. By the Fall, Atlanta was in flames and the tide was turned in the Civil War. In the Fall of 2012, another General of the same name marched with his band of Raiders North toward Starke, and when the dust had settled, Bradford was left smoldering in a similar manner as that of the Georgia Capitol some nearly 150 years earlier. For the 2nd consecutive ...
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We Learned Something New at the "U"

Published on Sun, Sep 30, 2012 by Terry Vaughan
Last Thursday I had the fun experience of teaching Ms. Combs' Government Classes at Bradford High School. We talked about the elective process, the Electoral College and the Presidential Election of 1876. Several members of the Tornado football team were in attendance. These same players returned the favor and taught me a few new things Friday night in Umatilla. High school football's version of "The U", Umatilla was ready to avenge a beatdown from BHS the year before. The Dawgs were undefeated ...
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Hamilton Loses Yet Another Duel

Published on Sun, Sep 16, 2012 by Terry Vaughan
Hamilton County,Florida, nestled just below the Peach State line, was established in 1827. The County was named after Revolutionary War hero Alexander Hamilton, who served as Secretary of the Treasury under George Washington and was known as the primary author of the Federalist Papers. History has a cruel way of picking and choosing moments in which men of stature are best remembered. In the case of Hamilton, he will be immortalized for accepting a challenge for a duel from political rival ...
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Former Yankee great Yogi Berra is as known for his aphorisms as he is for his stellar baseball career. In 1972, the Berra family loaded into their station wagon and embarked on a trip to Cooperstown, New York where Yogi was scheduled to be enshrined into the Baseball Hall of Fame the next day. Several hours into the journey, Yogi's wife Carmen noticed landmarks that looked familiar from earlier in the trip. After questioning Yogi, he quipped "We may be lost..but we're making good ...
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Tornadoes can learn from Reynolds

Published on Sun, Sep 2, 2012 by Terry Vaughan
If the Bradford High Tornadoes are to overcome the disapointment of their opening game loss to Palatka, they will need to follow the lead of Reynolds. Steve, of course..but also Burt. Years ago, I attended a one-man show that featured Burt Reynolds, who was at the time the most bankable leading man in Hollywood. Armed with only a stool, charm, and quick wit-he rattled off a littany of funny life stories-many of which underscored the fact that his career had taken him through as many valleys as ...
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Remember during those days of drought when we prayed daily for rain to come? The Good Lord obviously has been listening as we have experienced showers of blessing all Summer long. The frogs in my neighborhood couldn't be more pleased with the recent weather patterns. If there is a Mormon Tabernacle Choir for amphibians, it certainly must be holding auditions on my street. Gotta admit that the performance each night has been nothing short of "ribbiting." Frogs locally must be high-fiving with ...
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One of my all-time favorite balladeers was the late-great Roger Miller. For those of you who can't remember the music scene back in the day when peace symbols and bell bottoms were the rage, Roger was one of radio's best story tellers with such hits as '"Chug-a-Lug", "Dang Me", and "You Can't Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd". His signature release, however, remains the classic 1965 #1 crossover hit-"King of the Road." Fall practice is underway on the campus of Bradford High School as the smell ...
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The Rites of Spring: Flowers blooming. Birds chirping. Alergies flaring. The Rights of Spring Football: These are the God-given rights of football fans everywhere, and particularly Tornado fans as Spring Football practice is underway. 1) YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO GET FIRED UP OVER THE SMELL OF FRESH CUT GRASS There is just something about the smell of a practice field after the mowers have done their work. It is an aroma that triggers the football impulse in the brain. 2) YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE ...
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A Reynolds Wrap

Published on Wed, Mar 28, 2012 by Terry Vaughan
There could be a few raised eyebrows within the Purchasing Department of the Bradford County School System once the new Head Football Coach submits his first request for new equipment. Asbestos Helmets??? If you know anything about Steven Reynolds, the request would make perfect sense. After all, his players are known to perform as if "their hair was on fire." The hiring was announced Wednesday afternoon as a Search Committee, Athletic Director Neil Chipoletti and Superintendent Moore wrapped ...
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While we will not know who the next Head Football Coach will be at Bradford High until sometime next week, there is a good chance that the next man to lead the program will have scarlet and gray bloodlines. 3 former Bradford players were among the 5 finalists chosen by a search committee in a field of about 50 applicants. They include current Offensive Line and Strength Coach Steve Reynolds who played his college ball just down the road at J.U. Jeff Nettles is another BHS grad who has served ...
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Bulldogs, Tigers, and Mermaids-Oh My!

Published on Mon, Mar 12, 2012 by Terry Vaughan
In the classic flick "The Wizard of Oz", Dorothy and Toto survived a tornado that carried them from Kansas into a strange new land. For the Bradford High Tornadoes, the yellow brick road that is the 2012 schedule will lead them into mostly familiar areas, but also some new territory. It all gets underway with the Kickoff Classic on August 24th when the Tigers of Union come to town. While it won't count against the team records, you can bet that the backyard rivalry will be on display with a lot ...
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Adjusting the Sails

Published on Tue, Mar 6, 2012 by Terry Vaughan
It happens to be one of my favorite sayings: The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails. The winds of change are swirling once again at Bradford High School, as Head Football Coach Derek Chipoletti announced last week that he would be leaving his post at year's end to accept the Head Football position at Oakleaf in Clay County. Coach Chip received "an offer he couldn't refuse" from a persistent Administration at Oakleaf High. Make no ...
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Forward Progress

Published on Sun, Nov 20, 2011 by Terry Vaughan
"Forward Progress." Always thought that the football term, which describes a ball carrier's forward momentum, was a bit odd and redundant. After all, have you ever heard of backward progress? Well, Bradford may have accomplished both Friday night in their 12-7 playoff loss to Raines at the Graveyard in Jacksonville. Yes-the Tornadoes ended their 2011 season in a game where the defense played up to form and the offense failed to capitalize on opportunities. The casual, uninformed observer may ...
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A Senior Moment

Published on Sun, Nov 13, 2011 by Terry Vaughan
Friday night was Senior night at David Hurse Stadium as the Tornadoes who were playing their final regular season game before the home folk were introduced with much fanfare during pregame ceremonies. Once the whistle blew, 3 Seniors took the game over. Unfortunately, they were wearing the colors of the visiting team. The 5A Baker County Wildcats entered the 2011 season with a wave of optimism. 3 topsy-turvy setbacks by a total of 5 points derailed their post-season hopes. For the Seniors on ...
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In the Dance and With a Chance

Published on Tue, Nov 8, 2011 by Terry Vaughan
George W. Bush won re-election as President. The Passion of the Christ was a hit at the box office. Lance Armstrong wins his 6th Tour de France. Janet Jackson has a infamous "wardrobe malfunction" during a Super Bowl halftime show. and the current Senior class at Bradford High was in the 5th Grade. The year was 2004. It was the last time Bradford High captured a berth in the football playoffs...until now. When the smoke cleared in a wild and crazy three-way Shootout Tiebreaker Monday night at ...
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Conquest of the Mount

Published on Sat, Nov 5, 2011 by Terry Vaughan
The entire world was enthralled in anticipation in May of 1953 as Sir Edmund Hillary began his quest to become the first human to climb Mount Everest. There was also much buzz leading up to Friday's District showdown between Bradford and Mount Dora, as the Tornadoes were playing for their post-season lives. The talented Hurricanes blew into town on the coattails of legendary quarterback Vegas Harley, who is approaching 8,000 total yards in his celebrated career. Following two heartbreaking ...
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Mad Blood Stirring

Published on Sun, Oct 30, 2011 by Terry Vaughan
In Act 3, Scene 1 of the Shakespeare classic Romeo and Juliet, Benvolio provided a bit of friendly advice to Mercutio: "I pray thee, good Mercutio, let's retire! The day is hot; the Capulets abroad. And if we meet we shall not 'scape a brawl. For now, these hot days, is the mad blood stirring." For the sake of Interlachen High, it's too bad that Benvolio wasn't a friend on the Ram's Facebook page. Maybe he could have warned them in advance of the 49-0 beatdown. Bradford rolled into Putnam ...
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Adversity Demands a Response

Published on Sun, Oct 23, 2011 by Terry Vaughan
A wise man once opined: "Adversity does not build character. It reveals it." If true, any revelation regarding Bradford's character will soon be in plain view. For the second straight game, the Tornadoes lost in gut-wrenching fashion, seemingly pulling defeat from the jaws of victory. After Keystone Heights jumped out to an early 7-0 lead, Bradford righted the ship and took an 18-7 lead into halftime. The ship was sailing smoothly enough, but like the Titanic, proved to be very sinkable in the ...
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Time to Snap Back

Published on Mon, Oct 17, 2011 by Terry Vaughan
If you see a Tornado player or Coach this week, take a look at their wrist. You may notice a rather odd fashion accessory-a rubber band. Following the heartbreaking 22-21 District loss on October 7th at South Sumter, Tornado fans had to wonder if this team could rebound during the off week and be ready for this Friday's huge District contest at Keystone Heights. During a team meeting last week, Coach Chip and the staff handed out rubber bands to all who wanted one as a sign that the team was ...
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In Rocky IV, the seemingly indestructable Soviet boxer Ivan Drago was unmercifully pummeling Rocky Balboa in the early rounds of their classic showdown. We all left the theater uplifted however, when Rocky mustered enough grit and guts to overcome the odds and knockout the big Russian. In a pivotal district football game last Friday evening that had more a flavor of a heavyweight prize fight than a high school athletic event, Ivan Drago KO'ed Rocky in the 15th, sending those who made the trip ...
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When I go to see a flick, I like to arrive early. It's not because I want to get a good seat..I like to see the "trailers" that lead into the featured movie. These previews provide a great sneak peak at upcoming films and I tend to pick and choose which movies I will go see in the weeks ahead based on how I enjoyed the "trailer". The only problem is that once the film makes it to the theatre, I often discover that the only good parts were unveiled in the 2 minute "trailer" I viewed weeks ...
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Choose Your Poison

Published on Sat, Sep 24, 2011 by Terry Vaughan
In our everyday walk of life, we are faced with certain choices. "Paper or Plastic?" "Extra Crispy or Original Recipe?" "Boxers or Briefs?" For Defensive Coordinators from teams on Bradford's upcoming schedule, the dilemma is a bit more daunting. "Arsenic or Hemlock?" Now that the BHS attack has become so balanced, there will be a lot of late nights and bleary eyes in the film room of the opposition. Pizza sales may double. In Friday's 50-7 Homecoming beat down over a previously undefeated ...
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Mother Nature Remains Undefeated

Published on Mon, Sep 19, 2011 by Terry Vaughan
It's a quandary that has baffled scientists for centuries. "If a tree falls in a forest and there is no one there to hear it..does it make a sound?" Add a new one to the list of unknowns. "If a team is leading 21-0 mid-way through the 2nd quarter and the game is called due to lightning..does it count as a victory?" While there will be some debate as to whether Bradford can claim a win after an impressive, albeit interrupted performance, there is another matter in which there can be no debate: ...
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A late, great balladeer said it best when he provided a lyrical list of things you should avoid in life: 1. Don't tug on Superman's cape 2. Don't spit into the wind 3.Don't pull on the mask of the Lone Ranger..and 4. Never kick a hornet's nest. OK, OK..maybe he never mentioned the latter, but it certainly merits consideration as a action in which you typically would not want to engage. The Bradford High Tornadoes obviously don't have Jim Croce on their iPods. The Tornadoes blew into Alachua ...
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After his performance Friday night, Brian Blackshear deserves a special new nickname. "Flyin Brian?"..."Brian the Blur?"..."No Fear Blackshear?" Considering his two blocked kicks saved Bradford's bacon in the 12-9 overtime victory over Palatka, maybe one particular new nickname should stick: 'Mr. Clutch." #16 swatted away an extra point in regulation before launching off the edge like a human cruise missile in overtime to reject the potential game tying field goal to preserve the thrilling ...
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Got Your Game Face On?

Published on Mon, Aug 29, 2011 by Terry Vaughan
Carly Simon said it best in song. "Anticipation..is making me wait!" For fans of the Bradford High Tornadoes, the wait is almost over. This Friday night, the 2011 regular season will kickoff when the guys wearing Scarlet and Gray host the Palatka Panthers at "The Dave." It's a another sequel to a long standing, yet oft interupted North Florida rivalry. These two schools have a rich history and have butted heads in many high profile showdowns in the past. The 5A Panthers have hit hard times in ...
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Lets Get It Started!

Published on Mon, Aug 8, 2011 by Terry Vaughan
For everyone who has suffered from PWS, the first dose of prescriptive relief can be taken today. Pigskin Withdrawal Syndrome is a common malady that effects all of us who live for the smell of cut grass, the sound of shoulder pads crashing into each other and the shrill shriek of a coaches whistle. The long days of Spring and Summer without football are over. Lets get this thing started! Fall practice began this morning at Bradford High, and expectations for the 2011 season are nearly as high ...
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With every tick-tock of the clock, the 2011 football season draws tantalizingly closer. In these parts, football rates right up there with apple pie, the Stars & Stripes, and Momma as icons we fully embrace. The team that brought Bradford High its first state football championship has again organized an event that will serve as a bridge to the upcoming gridiron campaign and will ease the long wait for the whistle to blow again. The 2nd annual Bradford High Kickoff Dinner & Reunion is ...
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Spring Football Whets the Appetite!

Published on Wed, May 4, 2011 by Terry Vaughan
Ah..the rituals of Spring! Dogwoods blooming. Grass growing. Birds chirping. Allergies exploding! And the most significant Spring ritual of all? Football is back, Baby!!! Yes-Spring Football is underway on the practice fields of Bradford High School, where some 70+ young, wild-eyed young men are sweating profusely in the hope of being the next big thing on campus. Coach Derek Chipoletti has to be pleased with the turnout and the enthusiasm on display. Many kids who declined the opportunity in ...
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Long after the banners were taken down and the BBQ savored following the Bradford High Football Banquet on March 19th, the lingering pride of courage on display remained. At the conclusion of the really nice event, Head Coach Derek Chipoletti announced that he was starting a new tradition with the introduction of the Cubbedge/Thomas Award for Courage and Tenacity. The award was given in honor of two gentlemen who have epitomized courage and dignity while in the midst of a personal struggle that ...
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"Change is inevitable..growth is optional." The Bradford High Tornadoes will have the opportunity to test this axiom in 2011, as they will take on a new District slate and a refreshed schedule. Will the team remain hungry to prove they are ready to take the next step forward following a promising 7-3 season in 2010? The new District BHS finds itself in presents a challenge, but the road to a playoff berth is very navigatible. Umatilla, South Sumter, Keystone Heights, Interlachen, and Mt. Dora ...
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In fine restaurants, appetizers often prepare the palate for a soon-to-arrive main course. Bradford's 27-22 loss at Ft White was a bit tough to digest. Upon reflection,Tornado fans have to be licking their chops at what lies ahead on the football menu for 2011 and beyond. The 2010 season indeed proved to be a tasty shrimp cocktail in advance of a savory prime rib entree. Kudos are in order for a stellar senior class that has provided the recipe that may lead to Four Star reviews for future ...
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Wyatt Earp Would be Proud

Published on Sat, Oct 30, 2010 by Terry Vaughan
It was Homecoming night at East Gadsden High School, and by the time the crowd heard all the pre-game introductions ("William is a Senior in the band who plays tuba and plans to major in Pre-Med at Central Florida University and is being escorted by his brother Frankie who also brought his Aunt..etc, etc..) the game didn't get underway until 7:45. Then the Jaguar crowd got introduced to Austin Chipoletti and Tremaine Harris. The dynamic duo enjoyed a special night. Lil' Chip was not only firing ...
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Noles Clocked by BHS

Published on Sat, Oct 23, 2010 by Terry Vaughan
It is tough to score if your offense is on the sidelines. Florida High experienced that lesson the hard way Friday night as the Bradford High Tornadoes held nearly a two-to-one advantage in time of possession en route to a huge 18-3 District win that keeps Bradford's playoff hopes alive. Last season, BHS slipped into the Noles crib on their Homecoming night and raided their fridge, overturned their furniture, and wiped their feet all over the carpet before bringing a big W back to Starke with ...
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Surviving a Killer Wave

Published on Sat, Oct 16, 2010 by Terry Vaughan
Remember those fun trips to the beach as a kid when you would soak up the sun on your raft? Remember the shock when a killer wave would appear from left field and swamp the raft, sending you tumbling in the surf? Thats how the Tornadoes must have felt Thursday night in Gainesville as what appeared to be a day at the beach quickly became an adventure as the Blue Wave of PK Yonge nearly swamped BHS before falling 21-19. 5 minutes into the game it was 14-0 Tornadoes and all signs pointed to a ...
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This Comeback May Define the Season

Published on Sat, Oct 9, 2010 by Terry Vaughan
Did you believe? After Union County plunged what appeared to be a fatal dagger into the heart of Bradford with a 4th quarter TD to take a 24-13 lead, I suspect that most who were in the stands or listening on radio felt the story had been written. Thankfully, the Tornadoes didn't follow the script. It was the reality show "Survivor" played out on the turf of David Hurse Stadium, and when the dust settled on this wild and thrilling act, Bradford found a way to survive and advance in their ...
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Same Situation-But a Different Result!

Published on Mon, Oct 4, 2010 by Terry Vaughan
To borrow a line from Yogi Berra, it was "Deja Vu all over again." One week earlier against Taylor County with the game on the line, Bradford was unable to hold a late lead. Last Friday-Bradford faced a similar situation as they rallied to take the lead and then had to hold off a hard charging Santa Fe squad to claim victory. Yogi uttered another memorable quote: "It ain't over til' it's over." This time it was. Bradford finished strong with two 4th quarter scores to finish the Raiders and ...
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Talk about a Heartbreaker!

Published on Sun, Sep 26, 2010 by Terry Vaughan
Remember the sceen in the classic 1975 movie Jaws when Brody, Quint, & Hooper were sharing stories in the boat over a bottle of vino? Soon they began to compare scars. Brody displayed an impressive specimin, only to be outstaged by Quint, who rolled up a sleeve to show a nasty scar left by an encounter with a tiger shark. Not to be outdone, Hooper pointed to his chest. As Brody and Quint squinted to see a scar, Hooper blurted out "6th Grade..Mary Ellen Moffat...she broke my heart!" Tornado ...
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Tornadoes Stood Tall in Defeat

Published on Sat, Sep 18, 2010 by Terry Vaughan
"This Starke team has a different look to it" That was the comment I overheard from a Baker County fan moments after the Wildcats had escaped with a hard-fought 14-0 win in Macclenny Friday night. He was right. This was a BHS squad that battled a 2A BCHS team the entire game and served notice that easy Wildcat victories in this rivalry could be a thing of the past. 30 years after capturing their 1st win in the series, Baker came out swinging and led early 7-0. It was pretty much a stalemate ...
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Yet another impressive win for the Tornadoes as they routed Fernandina Beach in front of the home folks 40-0. BHS found just about every imaginative way to score, to include a kickoff return, a punt return,and an interception return for a touchdown. 5 different Tornadoes found the end zone. Dexter Clayton deserves a hardhat and lunch pail for his second straight workman-like effort as Bradford's leading rusher. The bigger story so far in the young season: the Tornado defense. This stingy bunch ...
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Gutsy Opening Win for the Tornadoes!

Published on Sat, Sep 4, 2010 by Terry Vaughan
From the moment Keystone Heights running back Reggie Thomas stomped on a Bradford jersey as he led his team on the field Friday night, it was evident that an intense rivalry border war was about to be waged. But when the dust settled, a determined and resolved Tornado team was left to savor a big victory as the Derek Chipoletti era made a successful debut-19-7. The Indians had owned this series in recent years, reeling off 4 consecutive triumphs. It would have been understandable if the ...
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Lets Take a Look at the 2010 Schedule

Published on Fri, Aug 13, 2010 by Terry Vaughan
Now that the 2010 high school football season is about to get underway, lets take a closer look at the 2010 Schedule for the Bradford High Tornadoes. Following a pre-season classic on August 27 at Hamilton, the Tornadoes will make their debut under new Head Coach Derek Chipoletti the following Friday (Sept 3) at Keystone Heights. What a super game to kickoff the regular season! The Indians are well coached, fundamentally sound-and have had Bradford's number in recent years. Should be a great ...
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Excitement is building as the countdown continues in anticipation of the September 3rd regular season opener for Bradford High at Keystone Heights. If the 41-0 beat-down of Brooksville Central in the Spring Jamboree is any indication, the Tornadoes may have a high-octane offense under new Head Coach Derek Chipoletti. The spread formation allowed many different Tornado weapons to be involved and there seems to an emphasis on balance. Bradford was able to rip off several explosive runs and also ...
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