MURFREESBORO — Coach David Watson told his seniors to make their mark Friday night, and they certainly did as Blackman rolled to a 42-20 victory over Coffee County.
“It’s outstanding for them and a culmination of what they’ve done this season,” Watson said in regards to the 2016 class.
The Blaze (7-2, 5-1 2-6A) relied on a fast start in all three phases of the game to jump all over the Red Raiders (3-6, 1-5).
“We thought we had a better team just from what we saw on film and we know what we could do. We just had to execute and we looked smooth and did a lot of good things,” said Watson.
Taelor Dowdy made Coffee County pay on opening kickoff as he returned it 76 yards for a touchdown.
Dowdy had 132 yards rushing and three touchdowns on runs of 19, 6, and three yards.
Dowdy finished with more than 200 all-purpose yards.
“The coaches had a good gameplan and the line did a great job blocking. Coach told us to make our mark and write our own book and we did that,” Dowdy said.
Three of Coffee County’s first five possessions resulted in a three-and-out, and the Red Raiders didn’t cross midfield until the second half.
Alontae Taylor did most of the damage for the Red Raiders with nearly 200 total yards and two touchdowns late in the game.