Blaze sloppy at times, but too much for Bulldogs

Blaze sloppy at times, but too much for Bulldogs


Blaze sloppy at times, but too much for Bulldogs



After two straight losses, the Blackman Blaze were needing a win any way they could get one.

Dven an ugly one.

The Blaze defeated the Smyrna Bulldogs 42-12 Friday night at the Inferno, but at times it wasn’t pretty.

The Blaze fumbled the ball away five times and committed six penalties for 60 yards in the game.

“The bottom line is, we managed to get back on the winning side going into fall break,” said Blackman coach Philip Shadowens. “It was not a clean game for us. We don’t want that, we don’t want those kinds of turnovers. We’ve got to clean it up. It was not a very pretty game for us tonight, but we kept fighting.”

But the Blaze weren’t the only team which played sloppy. Smyrna’s quarterbacks threw four interceptions and the Bulldogs had 10 penalties for 91 yards.

“They did a lot of things that sort of kept us in the football game,” said Smyrna coach Matt Williams. “I’m sure they’re not happy about that. We made too many mistakes. We got dominated on the line of scrimmage. The bottom line is we got beat by a better football team.”

The Blaze got on the scoreboard with 7:43 remaining in the first quarter when Cole Notgrass took it into the end zone from 3 yards out.

After recovering a Blackman fumble deep in their own territory, at the 19, the Bulldogs scored. Quarterback Matt Rodell completed a pass to Xavier Kynard inside the 1. Rodell took it into the end zone on the next play. But the Bulldogs missed on the extra point attempt.

In the second quarter, the Blaze scored three times to put the game out of reach. Marvell Ridley intercepted a Smyrna pass and went 18 yards into the end zone. Later in the quarter, Jauan Jennings returned an interception for a touchdown, but a Blackman block in the back nullified the touchdown. Two Blaze scores were called back because of penalties.

Dee Mathers scored twice in the second quarter on a 69-yard run and a 2-yard run. He led the Blaze in rushing with 145 yards in 11 carries.

Smyrna scored once in the third quarter, on a 32-yard run by Nick Fuqua. Blackman’s Chase Smotherman had an 11-yard touchdown run, and backup quarterback Jauan Jennings scored on a 14-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

The Blaze improved to 4-3 on the season, 1-2 in District 7-AAA.

Smyrna dropped to 1-6, 1-2 in the district.


More USA TODAY High School Sports