What You Need To Know About Blackman Football in 2016

Jared Robinson, Sports Editor

After the 2015 season, it was clear that the Blaze lost quite a bit of talent. As the offseason progressed, however, it seemed like Blackman wouldn’t miss a step. Younger players such as Master Teague, Amauri Burks, and Trey Knox will be looked at to help lead the team along with seniors Anthony Ochoa and Joeseph Sewell. This team has many unknowns, but the team’s first test came at The McCallie School in Chattanooga. Blackman lost 49-10.

The team showed its inexperience, but some light did shine through. Master Teague was able to fight his way through some holes to gain a few sizable chunks of yardage. The receivers were able to get separation, and the defense was able to hold them off fairly well past the first quarter. McCallie, being one of the top teams in Tennessee, was a tough test to start the season, but the game did have some positive aspects.

Blackman will have an opportunity to prove themselves once more this Friday at Riverdale. Riverdale has one of the most talented rosters in Rutherford County, however, they also suffered a defeat last week when they played Franklin County. Even though Riverdale is garbage, it would still mean quite a bit for Blackman to come out on Friday night, and show people what they can really do.

As for the rest of this season, expectations might have been slightly too high, but as this young team grows, there will be a reason to be excited. Blackman has acquired a reputation over he past few years, and this season will still maintain the tradition of success that we have at Blackman. Oakland, Riverdale, and Smyrna will all be worthy foes this year, but a district title is well within reach for the Blaze Boys this season.