It's time for the "Backyard Brawl" as Blackman travels to Riverdale. Both teams, along with Oakland, were ranked in the first statewide Associated Press poll in Class 6-A. The Blaze, ranked second behind Maryville, received three first place votes. The Warriors are ranked ninth, just a point behind #8 Kingsport Dobyns Bennett.
Riverdale Coach Ron Aydelott says, on paper, many don't give his team a fighting chance. BUT...
Blackman beat Riverdale 35-to-nothing last year, but coach Philip Shadowens knows he's battling a much different Warrior squad this year...
The game will be on WGNS with Bryan Barrett and Jon Dinkins. Monte Hale, Jr. will be doing in-game reports from the Oakland at Siegel game during the broadcast. The Thompson Services Friday Night Thunder Pregame Show gets underway at 6pm with the DirecTV by EnterSource Pregame Show at 6:30. Kickoff from Tomahawk Stadium will be at 7pm.
Riverdale coach Ron Aydelott previews their game with Blackman...
Blackman Coach Philip Shadowens previews their game at Riverdale...
Associated Press Class 6A Statewide Poll
1. Maryville 2-0 155 (13 First Place Votes)
2. Blackman 2-0 147 (3 First Place Votes)
3. Oakland 1-1 113
4. Whitehaven 2-0 98
5. Science Hill 1-0 78
6. Hendersonville 2-0 66
7. Sevier County 1-0 63
8. Dobyns Bennett 2-0 42
9. Riverdale 2-0 41
10. Ravenwood 2-0 18