Blackman football coach Philip Shadowens will evaluate the quarterback position this week after starter Matt Williams and backup Chase Smotherman shared duties Friday night when Williams got off to a rocky start.
“We will look at all three quarterbacks this week, including the sophomore,” Shadowens said. “We’ll figure out who gives us the best chance to win. Then we’ll go from there. I haven’t made that decision yet. It’s something that will be based on practice, and those kind of things.”
Sophomore quarterback Jauan Jennings, who transferred from the Germantown area in the offseason, is currently the team’s junior varsity quarterback.
Shadowens said any of the three quarterbacks could start this Friday night at Signal Mountain, depending on their week of practice.
Williams, a junior and Father Ryan transfer, was relieved by Smotherman after throwing an interception to Siegel’s Jace Tyson in the first half of Friday night’s 42-7 loss to fifth-ranked Siegel. Tyson was the only player in the vicinity. It came after he threw the ball to an area with no receiver and defender a play earlier.
Shadowens said he was pleased with Smotherman’s performance in relief despite two interceptions to Tyson. One of those interceptions came on an under throw that Shadowens thought could have resulted in a defensive pass interference.
Smotherman finished 7-of-25 passing for 125 yards with two interceptions. He scored the Blaze’s only touchdown when he fumbled the snap and ran it in for the 4-yard score.
“I thought Chase made some mistakes, but played solid,” Shadowens said. “I certainly was not upset with the way Chase competed when he got in the game. I thought he kept his poise. I thought he did good things for us.”
Smyrna player OK
Smyrna senior lineman Dalton Foster was ruled to have a neck strain sustained during the Bulldogs’ 42-13 loss to second-ranked Riverdale.
“He got carried out on a backboard with an ambulance, but he was able to come to the fieldhouse (Friday night). We were able to see him.
“We’re blessed that he was OK.”
Smyrna has other injuries beginning to mount up. Quarterback Matt Rodell is dealing with a quad strain that has led Williams to relieve Rodell of his kicking duties.
“It’s one of those deals where you almost need to sit down a couple of weeks and let it heal.”
Manny Woodard, who has been sharing duties with Rodell at quarterback, “dinged” his shoulder up, Williams said. Woodard transferred back to Smyrna prior to the season from Springfield. He played at Smyrna his freshman year.
Oakland’s ever-growing injury list continues to grow.
Middle linebacker Josh Smith sustained a knee injury prior to the season during an AAU basketball tournament and is likely out for at least another month. Teammate Anthony Akers, a defensive lineman, has been out since the second defensive series against Arlington.
Oakland running back Fred Wade tore his ACL prior to the start of the season. Backup Travon Willis sustained an ankle sprain against La Vergne, making Darryle Hood the top running back.
Against the Wolverines, Nathan Robinette left in the third quarter to heat exhaustion.
“We’re a patchwork right now because of four or five key injuies,” Oakland coach Thomas McDaniel said. “We’re just trying to get by, putting on some band-aids. Until we get healthy in some areas, it’s going to be difficult.”
Riverdale barbecue dinner
The Riverdale girls basketball team will be holding a barbecue dinner from 5-7 p.m. on Friday in the school’s main cafeteria prior to the home football game with Maplewood. The meal is sponsored by Rick’s Barbecue. Cost is $5 per meal.
Tom Kreager is prep editor of The Daily News Journal. Email him at email@example.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/Kreager.