Blackman's soccer team made the Region 4-AAA championship game with a 4-2 home win over the Tullahoma Wildcats in a fast-paced, high-energy contest on Tuesday night.
Blackman and Oakland will play in a rematch of the district finals as the Patriots beat Franklin County 4-0 Tuesday night. The two teams will play for the region title on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Blackman.
The offense came out firing in the first half for the Blaze, as Chase Farler tried to keep the Wildcats in the game with two goals.
In the opening minutes of the first half, the Blaze put the initial point on the board as midfielder Carson Kennedy kicked in a goal from near midfield that went over the outstretched arms of the Wildcats goalkeeper to make the score 1-0.
"Every time you take a distance free kick you want to put it on target just in case anything happens," Kennedy said.
Farler evened up the score for the Wildcats at 1-1 with a goal from the left side of the field.
Seconds later, the Blaze took back the lead with a goal from forward Luke Buckley.
"It was really just being there for the team putting it away just to make sure we have points and make sure we can overcome their score because it was tied, and being on the back post and make sure I did my job," Buckley said.
Once again, the Blaze stayed on the attack as forward Matthew Jobe scored by kicking from the left side of the goalkeeper and put it past him to make it a 3-1 game.
With just over 10 minutes to go in the first half, midfielder Shane Lauterbach made the score 4-1 for the Blaze by sneaking the ball into the net.
In the early minutes of the second half, Farler scored his second goal of the night and cut the Blaze lead in half with a goal to make the score 4-2, but the Wildcats could not muster anymore offense the rest of the game.