The dedication of Bart Smith Field at Blackman and the return of Gary Rankin to Rutherford County made the Blaze matchup with Alcoa a special night.
In the end, it was the Tornadoes that took the 23-14 victory.
After Alcoa took a 3-0 lead early in the second quarter, Blackman quickly answered on a run by senior Antonio Malone:
The Blaze would add another score with 19-seconds left in the first half. It was just enough time for Alcoa's J.R. Jones to take a kickoff return 88-yards for a touchdown.
The Tornadoes took a 16-14 lead midway through the third quarter and tacked on another in the fourth to seal the victory. Their defense made it hard on Blackman's offense. They had just 43-yards of offense in the second half.
The Blaze ended the game with 225-yards in total offense (207 rushing, 18 passing).
It doesn't get any easier for Blackman as they host preseason favorite Ravenwood next Friday night.
Check out stats, players of the game, replays and more here.
FINAL GAME STATS SPONSORED BY:
FANN'S HEATING & AIR, WINNERS' TROPHIES AND LOVELESS FINE PHOTOGRAPHY
BLACKMAN SENIOR RUNNING BACK ANTONIO MALONE
He rushed for 138-yards on 10-carries and scored on a 63-yard touchdown.
Oakland 59, Hendersonville 0
Riverdale 42, Clarksville Northeast 6
Franklin 34, Siegel 15
La Vergne 44, Rockvale 20
Stewarts Creek 19, Mt. Juliet 14
East Nashville 42, Smyrna 0
Eagleville 19, Huntland 13 (OT)
White House Heritage 42, MTCS 13
Alcoa 23, Blackman 14
NEXT WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Ravenwood at Blackman
Cornersville at Eagleville
Rossview at La Vergne
MTCS at Friendship Christian
Kenwood at Oakland
Riverdale at Franklin
Franklin County at Rockvale *on WGNS
Siegel at Page
Centennial at Smyrna
Antioch at Stewarts Creek