Blackman shuts out Riverdale

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Referee Bobby Garrison flips the coin before the start of the Blackman vs. Riverdale game, at Blackman, on Friday. Blackman player Colin Simpson (42) has Mom written on his wrist to honor his mother who died earlier this week.

Referee Bobby Garrison flips the coin before the start of the Blackman vs. Riverdale game, at Blackman, on Friday. Blackman player Colin Simpson (42) has Mom written on his wrist to honor his mother who died earlier this week.

Blackman's Camron Curtis (65) hoists teammate Taeler Dowdy (3) in the air after Dowdy scored a touchdown Friday.

Blackman’s Camron Curtis (65) hoists teammate Taeler Dowdy (3) in the air after Dowdy scored a touchdown Friday.

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.

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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.

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MURFREESBORO – Blackman fixed its defensive issues.

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