Blackman runs roughshod over Coffee County in 65-0 win

Blackman linebacker Connor Murphy had four sacks against Coffee County Friday night.

Two weeks of frustrations were washed away Friday night when Blackman traveled to Coffee County for its region opener.

After close losses to Alcoa and Ravenwood, the Blaze erupted early and often and raced away with a 65-0 victory.

"We played a good, clean game for four quarters," Blackman coach Kit Hartsfield said. "We got 97 players into the ball game, and it was a really fun time.

"You could tell from the beginning that we took the field that they approached it like any game and did what they had to do."

Blackman was expected to collect and easy victory and did so from the outset.

The Blaze scored on their opening series despite having an 80-yard touchdown called back. However, they regrouped and took a 7-0 lead on O'Brien Henley's first of two rushing touchdowns.  

Blackman led 23-0 after the first quarter and 44-0 at halftime.

"When you have a good group of seniors and leadership and those things, you don't take anybody for granted," Hartsfield said. "It's something I don't have to worry about."

Defensively, the Blaze allowed just two first downs. Senior linebacker Connor Murphy wreaked havoc with four sacks and defensive lineman Zack Fowler had a 40-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown.

"The (defensive backs) didn't get a lot of action because of Connor's four sacks and the defensive line bringing the pressure," Hartsfield said. "They really dominated the line of scrimmage. Zack Fowler's scoop and return was our first of the year. It was one of those games you thought you dominate because of the God-given talent."

Blackman will travel to Independence Friday night for its final non-region game.

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