Bradley looks forward to improving North Meck
August 27, 2009By S R of North Mecklenburg High School
July 28. 2009 Charlotte Observer
The Vikings return seven starters on defense and four on offense. Bradley likes his chances to improve on last year's 6-6 record.
"We've got a bunch of good senior kids," said Bradley, 51, who took over after Glen Padgett left to coach Concord. "We've had close to 90 percent participation in the summer and we've put together a good staff."
Former Independence offensive coordinator Jon Strong will run the offense and Bradley said he plans to throw a lot with senior Brad Clay, an all-conference pick last season.
"The key for us is Brad Clay at QB," Bradley said. "I think he's one of the better quarterbacks in the area. He can run it and throw it and he's getting looks from Wofford, Elon and William & Mary. I've always thought if you had a QB that can throw, that's more fun to watch and more fun to play."
Clay will be without his favorite target early this season, however. Star receiver Chris Moon separated his shoulder at a combine in South Carolina this summer and is likely out until the end of September.
North Meck still should have some options, however, like running back Xavier Joplin, coming off back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons, and speedy receiver/defensive back Donshea Joyce.Select a Game from List Below