MURFREESBORO – Blackman fixed its defensive issues.
Riverdale’s offensive woes might have taken a step backward.
The Blaze held Riverdale to just 151 total yards in a 38-0 win Friday night at The Inferno to open Region 2-6A play.
“Until we fix our problems and keep gift-wrapping points, that’s the way it’s going to be,” Riverdale coach Ron Aydelott said. “… We’re just not a very good football team right now.”
Blackman scored touchdowns in all three phases of the game – offense, defense and special teams.
The Blaze (2-1, 1-0 2-6A) scored twice within a 32-second span in the first quarter for a quick 14-0 lead.
Connor Mitchell recovered a blocked punt in the end zone 4:20 into the game. Two plays later, Amauri Burks scooped Austin Bryant’s fumble and returned it 57 yards for a touchdown.
The Blaze were just warming up.
Taeler Dowdy capped a 63-yard drive when he broke free on fourth-and-1 in Blackman’s “heavy” package. Dowdy broke the line of scrimmage, bounced to his right and scored on a 28-yard run.
“I didn’t think we played particularly well on offense because we turned it over three times in the first half,” Blackman coach David Watson said. “We missed a lot of opportunities because we had a chance to really put the game away.”
Blackman’s defense entered the game giving up 503 yards a game.
Dowdy led the Blaze with 133 yards on 20 carries and had two touchdowns.
Riverdale (1-2, 0-1) managed just nine yards of offense in the first half, benefiting from Blackman’s 65 yards of penalties.
Reach Tom Kreager at 615-278-5168 and on Twitter @Kreager.