Blackman overcame a pair of late turnovers to still have a shot at victory with a field goal on the last play of the game, but the ball slipped just outside the left upright as the Blaze fell 23-21
“We had a chance to win. That’s all I can ask of our kids,” Blackman coach Philip Shadowens said. “Our kids fought hard and played a great game, but we just fell short. “I was disappointed on the fumble call (with 4:25 remaining in the game). We thought our guy was down before the ball came out, but we still fought back to have a chance to win with the field goal at the end.”
After Bradley (3-2) scored on its first two possessions of the second half, Blackman’s final trip to paydirt came from Cole Notgrass, who went in untouched from 22 yards out with 10:19 remaining in the game. The junior tailback led all rushers on the night with 103 yards on 16 carries.
The Blaze’s final chance came after forcing another quick punt, taking possession 41 yards from paydirt with 15.5 ticks on the clock. With his receivers covered, Smotherman scrambled for 15 yards on the first play, getting out of bounds with just four seconds remaining to set up a 43-yard field goal attempt. Senior Kyle Mincey’s kick had plenty of leg, but it just sailed off to the left as time expired.
La Vergne 32
C.J Fore threw for three touchdowns and ran for another to lead La Vergne to the 32-0 win over host Shelbyville on Friday.
Willie Cowan had 119 yards on 19 carries for the Wolverines and Daryl James added 101 yards. La Vergne improved to 2-3 with the win.
Fore had a 1-yard TD run and a 24-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Cowart for a 14-0 first-quarter lead. Fore was 7-of-10 passing for 138 yards with an interception.
J.J. Horner caught a 22-yard TD pass from Fore to make it 20-0 at halftime.
Horner reeled in a 38-yard TD pass from Fore in the third quarter and James had a 6-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.
Franklin Classical 7
The Feet improved to 4-1 with the victory. Houston Jones rushed for 166 yards and two touchdowns as Webb had 333 yards in total offense. Ben Morris had 10 tackles.