Buchholz takes on Bradford in spring showcase

STARKE – It might only be May, but the Buchholz and Bradford football programs wasted no time playing early December-caliber football when the Bobcats and Tornadoes met at David Hurse Stadium Thursday night for a spring game matchup.

“We may be the only Final Four versus Final Four (spring) matchup in the state,” said first-year Buchholz head coach Chuck Bell. “We’re always gonna schedule tough here at Buchholz.”

Both teams advanced to the state semifinals last fall, where the Bobcats fell to Venice in the Class 4S Final Four and the Tornadoes’ season ended with a loss to Cocoa in the Class 2S playoffs.

“We had two teams who had two deep playoff runs last year,” second-year Bradford head coach Jamie Rodgers said. “In the grand scheme of things, this time of year, the spring is about getting better so why not get two teams together? Let’s just play and have fun.”