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Eggs-actly What BHS Needed

September 22, 2013
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 everyone in a word of silent prayer.

In pregame drills, he requested that his team line up "alphabetically  by height."

He was once quoted as saying-"Don't kill the goose that lays the deviled egg!"

And in an emotional pre-game speech in which FSU was a heavy underdog, Peterson tried to evoke a memorable quote from a Revolutionary War hero... although he had difficulty recalling his name.

"Remember the words of Henry Patrick...kill me or let me live!"

Last Friday night the Bradford High Tornadoes opened their District schedule and it was obvious that any realistic hopes for a District championship were at stake. An upstart squad from the Villages came to town and a victory by the Buffalo would have sent Bradford's post season aspirations to a retirement community much like the one where the Buffalo roam.

Perhaps it is appropriate that the chips were down on a night when the Buffalo invaded David Hurse Stadium. It was indeed a game in which the 0-2 Tornadoes faced their moment of truth: "kill me or let me live!"

Unlike Patrick Henry, the resilient Tornadoes were able to avoid death on the end of a rope and at 1-0 in the District remain alive and well in the hunt for a championship.

Trayvon Thomas' 80 yard run to paydirt on the first play from scrimmage set the tone but a scrappy Villages team later pulled to within a touchdown of taking the lead. A late 69 yard TD reception by Kenny Dinkins on a screen pass from Jacob Luke allowed the Tornadoes to finally mount the Buffalo head in the trophy case.

Bradford 25 The Villages 8.

It wasn't always pretty but it was a crucial win. And by exorcizing some demons that had tormented them the first two games, Bradford was able to wipe the residue  of deviled egg from their face. With 3 huge District contests yet to be played-the golden egg is still within their grasp.