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Blackman Makes Statement in 45-10 Rout of Smyrna
Over the summer, many in the mid-state declared Oakland as the runaway favorites in Region 3-6A. Friday night at Raikes stadium, however, Blackman proved that it was not a team to sleep on. The No. 5-ranked Blaze cruised past No. 10-ranked Smyrna 45-10 behind big offensive nights from Adonis Otey, Trey Knox, Micaleous Elder and Tamicus Napier, who combined for 466 total yards and six total touchdowns. "We were trying to earn our credit," said Napier, who piled up 134 yards rushing and three touchdowns. "We had to put up points, put our feet on their throat and we achieved what we wanted to do. I think we proved a lot of people wrong tonight. We've got a talented team. We know what we can do when it all comes together. When we come together, this is how we can be." "That was a really good football team we just went against," Blackman coach Kit Hartsfield said. "Our kids answered the challenge that we set forth and I'm really proud of how we put a complete game together." Blackman got off to a fast start, scoring just 41 seconds into the game on a 74-yard TD run from Otey. Smyrna answered the Blaze touchdown with one of its own when Blake Watkins punched one in from 36 yards out, knotting the game up 7-7. From there, Blackman extended its lead to 24-10 by halftime on long scoring plays of 67 and 32 yards - both Napier touchdown runs. "I really just give credit to my o-line for opening holes for me," Napier said. "They did their job tonight. My eyes get very big (when they open big holes). Then, I just put my foot in the ground and go. It's a great feeling when you see them do that." Blackman continued in the second half what it started in the first, expanding its lead to 45-10 on a 54-yard TD reception from Elder, a 9-yard TD run from Napier and a 29-yard TD reception from Otey. "Our tempo is hard to keep up with," quarterback Drew Beam said. "Once I get them the ball, they do all the work. They're going to make plays. Everything just runs smoothly when we get on a roll. The scoreboard showed it." "It makes us hard to prepare for," Hartsfield added. "You can't game plan for just one guy because you never know who's going to the get the ball next. That's our biggest advantage, the defense can't focus on one." The win moves Blackman to 4-0 with Siegel coming to the Inferno next week. The week after that is the much-hyped showdown with Oakland. "(Tonight) definitely was (a statement game)," Beam said. "We put up a lot of yards and points, and we're showing everyone that we're not to be messed with. It definitely shows that people were underrating us. We're going to show up every week and do our job." - Murfreesboro Post Blaze Football
Raiders Torched By Blaze 42-0
The offensive woes that have plagued the Coffee County Central High School Red Raiders to start the 2018 football season continued Friday night. The Raiders managed a mere 79 yards of offense, 61 of those coming in the mercy-rule of the second half, and failed to find the end zone in a 42-0 rout at the hands of the visiting Blackman Blaze. "We obviously have more work to do," said CHS head coach Ryan Sulkowski. For the second week in a row the Raiders failed to break the 100-yard mark on the offensive side of the ball. Meanwhile, Blackman was able to take advantage of starting field position in Raider territory for most of the night. The Blaze scored on runs of 32 and 4-yards from Ta'micus Napier, a 14-yard reverse by Micaleous Elder, and a 44-yard scamper by Adonis Otey - all in the first half. Otey also connected with Trey Knox on a 17-yard pass in the corner of the end zone. The Blaze led 42-0 at the break and that scored held with the clock continuously running in the second half. Blackman finished the game with 328 yards of total offense. "We talked about that after the game, you know our defense got some stops but when they get favorable starting field position all night that wears on you," said Sulkowski. "I don't want to use the young quarterback excuse, because nobody wants to hear it, but that was a tough position to be in for our young quarterbacks tonight against a top 10 team in the state." Freshman Conner Shemwell got the first start of his career for Coffee County (0-3 overall) and was 2-for-8 through the air for 5 yards and an interception. He had two passes hit the hands of receivers in the second half that ended in drops. "We have to rep [the pass] more," said Sulkowski of the drops. "We went from not throwing it hardly at all." Sophomore Matthew Pittman, who was expected to be in the mix at quarterback to start the season but missed the first two games with injury, was able to get reps under center, as well. Pittman rushed for 48 yards on 8 carries and was 2-for-6 through the air for 4 yards. Senior Andrew Mahaffey was in the backfield at tailback most of the night and was able to scratch out 22 yards on 15 touches. - Manchester Times
Blackman rolls past Florence, Ala., 44-22
Blackman might have been facing an unknown opponent on the road Friday night, but the Blaze (2-0) made themselves right at home in a 44-22 victory over Florence, Alabama. "It's tough not having more than one spring video," BHS coach Kit Hartsfield said of the opponent. "We had to be really creative so they would know a little bit about their opponent. They had good looking kids but at end of the day it's still won at the line of scrimmage. We were able to stop them running the ball and made them one dimensional." Blackman's offense was on full display, particularly the passing game. Sophomore quarterback Drew Beamthrew for more than 250 yards and two touchdowns and got receivers Odonis Otey, Micaelous Elderand Trey Knox involved from the beginning. "Beam grew up last night," Hartsfield said. "He made some really good plays. He had a couple of sophomore mistakes, but nothing major. He definitely had a big night against a good team on the road." Hartsfield said the Blaze were focused on getting their dynamic players more involved in the offense. Otey had a long touchdown reception, as did Elder, while Knox amassed almost 200 yards receiving and rushing with two touchdowns. "That was one thing we regretted in the first game was we were too conservative," he said. "They all had a big night. Adonis had an 88-yard touchdown, Elder had a long one and Knox had over 100 yards receiving and around 100 rushing. He had a big night. He got big chunk plays." The Blaze open district play on Friday at Coffee County, a 48-8 loser to Tullahoma. - Murfreesboro Post Blaze Football
Blackman QB Shines with Trio Clicking at Receiver
Since spring practice began, most Blackman faithful have patiently waited to see what could happen if all three of the talented senior receivers had big games at the same time. Blackman sophomore quarterback Drew Beam now knows how that feels. And he likes it. "They gave me a chance to throw it around," said Beam, following Blackman's 42-22 win at Florence (Ala.) Friday night. "I got to throw it a little more than last week. Our guys were going deep." Beam threw for 252 yards on just seven completions, tossing two touchdowns, including an 88-yard strike to Adonis Otey. Beam's top trio of receivers includes Otey, an Arkansas commitment, MTSU commitment Micaelous Elder and four-star prospect Trey Knox, who will be committing on Oct. 1. and has a top five of Tennessee, Arkansas, Florida and Ohio State and Penn State. That kind of talent can surely help a first-year starter like Beam transition into high school football. "It helps that we have dudes that can get up," Beam said. "If I don't make a good throw, I know they'll go get it." Beam certainly has had nothing given to him. He had to compete with junior Nick Effler for the starting job all preseason, and he shares snaps with Otey and Knox. "I'm good with rotating," said Beam, who is 6-foot-1, 175 pounds. "I feel like me and Adonis can both run and throw." Knox got a handful of snaps in the Week 1 win at Hendersonville and took advantage of a few more Friday night, rushing for 79 yards and two touchdowns on three second-half carries. He also had 111 yards receiving on four receptions. With all of that talent in the skill positions for Blackman, the key to the Blaze's offensive puzzle may be the progression of Beam. "Drew didn't play like a sophomore tonight," said first-year Blackman coach Kit Hartsfield. "He stayed in the pocket and played with confidence." Added Knox, "Drew is a heck of a quarterback. He's young, but he'll mature. We have confidence in him." Otey had an 88-yard touchdown reception and Elder finished with 54 yards on two receptions and a touchdown. - Daily News Journal Blaze Football
Blackman High School has hired its new head football coach, and the Blaze didn't have to go far to find him. Kit Harsfield, who was the team's defensive coordinator the past three years, was named to take over the Blaze program Wednesday. "I want to thank (principal) Dr. (Leisa) Justus and (athletic director) Mr. (Scott) Lawless for this wonderful opportunity," said Hartsfield. "It is my privilege and and honor to have the opportunity to lead and make a positive impact on these young men's lives. "My wife and I are humbled and excited to be a part of the strong tradition at Blackman High School." Hartsfield, 30, spent five years on Oakland's staff (including three of those as Oakland Middle head football coach) before coming to Blackman. He came to Oakland after graduating from Austin Peay. He replaces David Watson, who spent three years leading the Blaze. Watson was 28-10 and reached the 6A state quarterfinals twice. "The positive is the kids are already used to being around me, with me being their strength coach and already having a relationship with the guys," Hartsfield said. "There will be some changes, but I think any time you can limit a lot of change, makes the kids more comfortable. I certainly look forward to implementing things to already add to a great tradition and a great program." Justus and Lawless went through a lengthy process before deciding on Hartsfield. "The school received multiple applicants with outstanding coaching pedigree from the state and the nation, and many of those were interviewed and seriously considered," Justus said. "In the end, our intent in this coaching hire was to preserve the current coaching staff and traditional culture within the program and to continue and advance the outcome of the program on and off the field. "In his three years at BHS, Coach Hartsfield has demonstrated relationship acumen and football knowledge and work ethic far beyond his 30 years. We feel he has the knowledge, enthusiasm and stamina to lead an amazing group of players and coaches." Blaze Football
Watson confirmed he was "not the coach anymore" of the Blaze on Monday afternoon but did not confirm whether he resigned or was relieved of his duties. Blackman principal Leisa Justus did not confirm either but did comment on the situation. "We had discussions after the season, and after the discussions, we have now launched a search for a new head football coach," Justus said. "We appreciate and thank Coach Watson for all he did for BHS. He's a quality person." Watson boasted a three-year record of 28-10 with the Blaze, including 16-4 in region play. Watson took over at Blackman for the departed Philip Shadowens in March 2015 after Shadowens resigned and later took a similar position at William Blount.