Blackman Middle opens season with 48-0 win over Whitworth-Buchanan

Blackman’s Donovan Holloway speeds by the Yellow Jacket defense as he runs in for the touchdown on the first play of the drive Tuesday night. ETHAN SCOTT

Blackman's Middle School football scored each time it had ball and intercepted two passes, returning one, for a touchdown in a 48-0 home win over Whitworth-Buchanan Tuesday night.

"We did not play well and it starts with me," Whitworth-Buchanan Marc Quarles said. "We need to clean some things up. We are very young."

After a three-and-out by the Yellow Jackets, Blackman got the ball on the Yellow Jacket 28-yard line. It took one snap as Donovan Holloway scored the first of his two touchdowns on the night.

Their second score was set up by a huge punt return from Tamari Hill of over 40 yards. Carter Gregory finished it off with a 1-yard scamper, and with the conversion it was 14-0 Flames.

"We came out and played really well on the line," Blackman fifth-year coach Jay Pierce said. "This is one of my most athletic teams that I have had since I have been here."

Caden Perkins made it 21-0 with a 3-yard run, and with Logan Tramell's extra point it was 28-0. Tramell banged through four extra points on the night and had one bad snap and one blocked late in the game.

Hill intercepted a pass and raced 55 yards for a score, and Holloway scored again before the half to make the score 35-0 Flames at the break.

In the second half, with a running clock the Flames scored twice more as DeShawn Rogers took a pitch and raced down the right sideline 59 yards to the end zone.

The teams final score was set up by an interception by Rogers as Ethan Carson raced 24 yards to the house.

"We know we have to play every week and play one week at a time. There are some very talented middle school athletes in this county," Pierce said.

Holloway had 82 yards rushing, Rogers 69, Ethan Carson 45, London Smith 42 and Perkins 37 as the Flames gained 280 yards on the ground. JT Williams had three receptions and Joshua LeGrande two for the Yellow Jackets.

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