COOKEVILLE — A fast start and a strong finish helped Blackman get back on the winning track in Region 2-6A play.
The Blaze scored three first-quarter touchdowns against Cookeville as they jumped out to a 21-0 lead, and pulled away with three fourth-quarter scores on the way to a 49-28 victory on a rainy Friday night at Eddie Watson Stadium.
“We certainly gave up some yards in the second half, and they made some plays to score a few more points than we’d like to give up, but we’ll take a 21-point win on the road,” Blackman coach David Watson said.
Taeler Dowdy ran 27 times for 269 yards and four touchdowns for Blackman (4-2, 2-1 Region 2-6A), which was coming off a region loss to Oakland. Quarterback Miller Armstrong added nine carries for 131 yards and one score, and 56 yards passing and two touchdowns.
Cookeville (5-1, 2-1) had its share of offensive fireworks with three 100-yard rushers. Quarterback Matt Collins finished with 11 totes for 109 yards, Vic Johnson ran 20 times for 108 yards, and Gabe Angel added four carries for 105 yards. Each scored a touchdown.
Cookeville pulled to within 21-14 early in the third quarter when Angel darted down the right sideline for a 64-yard touchdown run.
But the Blaze bounced back with an eight-run, 80-yard drive that ended with Armstrong’s 15-yard keeper.
Blackman essentially put the game out of reach early in the fourth when Armstrong found Darius Simple for a 22-yard touchdown pass and a 35-14 lead. Dowdy later tacked on touchdown runs of 1 and 38 yards.