In a wet and wild Friday night, Blackman came out on top in convincing fashion behind five turnovers on defense for a 42-8 win over the Siegel Stars.
Following Friday’s win, Blackman has a date against Cookeville next Friday to decide second place in Region 3-6A and, more importantly, home field advantage for the first round of the playoffs.
“The goal was to just win this game which gives us an opportunity to play at home in the first round,” Blackman head coach Kit Hartsfield said. “We still have things to work on, but we have strung two consecutive games together and I am proud of where this football team is.”
Blackman took full advantage of the rough conditions forcing a fumble on Siegel’s first drive and scoring three plays later on Antonio Malone’s first rushing touchdown. Blackman later scored to open the second quarter on Andrew Hudson-Jackson 11-yard score.
Malone found pay dirt once more with a 46-yard carry to hold a 21-0 lead at the break. The senior running back rushed for 195 yards on 21 carries.
“We controlled the line of scrimmage and just played a cleaner game on the offensive side,” Hartsfield said. “Antonio Malone took over in the second quarter and just let him do his job to get us out in front.”
The Blaze garnered control in the second half scoring on their first three possessions. Gibson contributed on offense with a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter. The senior carried for 85 yards on five touches. Gibson also snagged two interceptions on the night.
Luke Hayes grabbed Blackman’s fifth and final turnover with an interception at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
Quarterback Drew Beam completed a 62-yard pass to Emilio Martin to push the lead to 42-0.
Siegel’s Cameron McGuire ran 80 yards on the Stars' first possession of the fourth quarter to put score the lone points of the evening.
“(Blackman) has a good team and they have length and speed all over the field,” Siegel coach Michael Copley said. “Our goal every week is to get better and finding ways to improve. It has been an emotional rollercoaster this season but our guys find ways to fight and get better every week.”