Siegel Middle football hosted Blackman last week, and the two squads slugged it out in an explosive first quarter before things settled down. Blackman pulled away in the second half and won 28-6.
Blackman began the game with what all coaches love – a 65 yard, penalty-free, touchdown drive that took almost six minutes. The Flames ran out of a well- executed shotgun offense.
Blackman’s Noah Likens ran for 64 yards in the first half and finished with 112. He also had a touchdown and a conversion run. Kobe Burks had 85 yards in the contest and two touchdowns. The elusive Blackman quarterback, Adonis O’Tey, added the other score on a 35-yard run in the first quarter.
Siegel was a little slower getting in rhythm, but Ameer Grey broke free late in the first quarter and went 60 yards to the end zone. The conversion run was unsuccessful.
Blackman got control after the half as the offensive line opened holes and Burks and Likens ran well. Blackman, behind Burks’ second TD, stretched its 14–6 halftime lead to 20–6.
On defense for Siegel, Patrick Boykins had six tackles, while Joseph Anderson, Tucker Sears and Ameer Grey and Baily Victory had four each. Baily also recovered a fumble.
On defense for Blackman, O’Tey was the leading tackler and intercepted a pass, while Aaron Hunt and Marlin Young had three tackles each.
With the win Blackman went to 2-0 and faces La Vergne next , while 0–2 Siegel goes to Stewarts Creek on Tuesday.
Middle School Notes: Along with Blackman, Rock Springs, Buchanan and Christiana are also unbeaten in the early going.
An unsung hero award from the Blackman game should go to No. 44 David Milam. The Blackman eighth-grader plays both ways, was in on two tackles, recovered a fumble and is an excellent blocker from his fullback spot. Also, one of Grey’s tackles saved a TD.
Siegel is one of the few teams that actually punt. The results are mixed but the Cavalier punter, Austin Warrick, had one punt that was good for 38 yards. That’s very good for a middle school punter.
So far, the weather has been great for the games and jamborees but some severe heat could be on the way.
Middle School Football Standings
Presented by Bobby Bugg
1. Blackman 2-0
1. Christiana 2-0
1. Rock Springs 2-0
1. Buchanan 2-0
2. Oakland 1-1
2. Smyrna 1-1
3. La Vergne 0-2
3. Rockvale 0-2
3. Siegel 0-2
3. Stewarts Creek 0-2
Edward Jones Player of the Week: Rock Springs: All-purpose running back/receiver Blake Watkins has accounted for almost 500 yards and five touchdowns for coach Keith Stephenson’s undefeated Golden Knights.