BY KENNETH SCHOTT
MURFREESBORO – Wilson Central’s defense pitched a shutout Friday night, leading the Wildcats to a 17-0 victory over Blackman – ruining the Blaze homecoming celebration.
Wilson Central improved to 4-2 overall and picked up a vital Region 4, 5A win, upping their regional mark to 1-2. Blackman fell to 3-4 with the loss / 1-3 in league play.
Wilson Central dominated from the early going, forcing a fumble on Blackman’s first offensive snap.
Six plays later, the Wildcats scored the first touchdown of the game, as JuJuan Brooks took the pitch from quarterback Kelton Stewart and ran into the end zone from five yards out.
That was all the Wildcats needed.
Blackman’s offense struggled throughout the rest of the game, as the Blaze only managed 88 yards and six first downs in the game.
"You can¹t take anything away from Blackman," said Wilson Central coach Traye Aric.
"You’ve got to hand it to their coaches. They’ve had to deal with a lot of adversity. We had a tough game here tonight. Our defense really stepped up, our defensive coaches did a great job. Anytime you get a shutout in this region, you’ve done something."
Wilson Central blocked a Blackman punt later in the first quarter, but couldn’t convert as a 42-yard field goal attempt by Jonathan Redditt slid just past the uprights.
On the very next play, Blackman attempted a play-action deep pass, only to see Brooks come up with the interception at the 46.
"I read the wide receiver, and keyed on him," said Brooks, who had two interceptions for Wilson Central.
The Wildcats again capitalized on a turnover, taking six plays to score. Stewart kept the drive alive on second-and-10 from the 28 by scrambling and running down to the 3.
After the Wildcats were penalized five yards for a false start, they scored on an eight-yard run by Cody Clawson to go ahead 14-0.
Redditt added a 23-yard field goal in the third quarter.
The Wildcats mixed up the pass and run throughout the game to keep Blackman off balance.
Wilson Central QB Stewart passed for 129 yards and the Wildcats rushed for 177 yards, led by Clawson, who had 58.
Wilson Central will be back in action Friday, Oct. 10 as they travel to Lebanon to take on the Blue Devils in a 7:30 p.m. game at Nokes-Lasater Field.