June 23, 2021

Brave Season Ends on a High Note

Senior Elijah Toney led the scoring with 18 points in the 83-48 Senior Night win over Bremen

Senior Elijah Toney led the scoring with 18 points in the 83-48 Senior Night win over Bremen

(Franklin) — The Braves varsity basketball team ended the season on a high note Friday night in Franklin with an 83-48 Region 5-AA win over Bremen.

The team celebrated Senior Night by displaying to the home crowd the most potent offensive showing of the season.

Despite a 5-19 record for the season Coach Philip Manning’s young squad showed a lot of tenacity as they battled through an unusual number of injuries over the course of the season.

“Friday night’s win equally gratifying and frustrating,” said Coach Manning this week.

“It was gratifying and terrific in that we got to send our seniors out on a good note, we ended the season on a positive note, and we finally got a glimpse of how good we can be. It was frustrating because from a coaching standpoint because that’s the type of performance we’ve known we were capable of all year and we waited until the last game of the season to get everything clicking.”

Appropriately, leading the scoring on Senior Night was senior Elijah Toney with 18 points followed by Jordarius Foster with 13 and Emory Jones with 12.

“I’ve got to give a lot of credit to Elijah Toney for being our ‘enforcer’ and staying tough and staying with it this season,” said Manning. “You could tell a difference in our psyche in the games he missed and we will miss his heart and toughness going forward.”

One of the more exciting and unexpected moments of the season came for another senior, C.J. Bradfield got into the game.

Bradfield had missed the last several weeks of the season with a torn ACL, but was allowed to dress out in the starting line-up before being subbed for prior to the start of the game.

Due to the injury, Bradfield was not expected to see any live action but with a big lead in the fourth quarter, Brave fans started a very loud chant for C.J. to get into the game.

“Once we had a sizable lead in the fourth quarter, and the crowd was chanting for him, and seeing the look on his face, I knew as long as his parents were ok with it, we had to get C.J. out there one more time,” said Manning.

“Once he got the nod from his parents, we put him out there and told him to just stand away from everybody. He wound up getting a good 3-point shot off. We all wanted it to go in, but perhaps it’s a good thing it didn’t because the roof might have come off the gym. It was great seeing him have that moment after he worked so hard for four years.”



  1. I have told coach Manning in person but I feel led to express this sentiment to the community at large. I have never had the pleasure of meeting such a fine example of true Christian character than that of Mr. Manning. He is a credit to the Coaching and Teaching profession and displays a True Humble Christian Spirit. Heard County found a real Jewel when they found him. I must say one more thing. He has built this program despite every disadvantage a Coach can encounter. I believe he has turned things around and maybe now he can get some of the support he deserves.

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