People around the state of Tennessee are still talking about how dominant Blackman looked in its blowout win over Ravenwood this past Friday night in our game on CSS. The Blaze displayed a rushing attack that simply could not be stopped.
As the game unfolded, I could not help but think how rare these kinds of nights are becoming. As I have written before, high school football has completely changed in the last few years. The evolution of the quarterback has been remarkable. Most teams that score in the 40s and 50s do so because of the effectiveness of their passing game. However, Blackman did not really need to pass at all. Certainly they have a capable thrower in Jauan Jennings. And he may get to sling it more at the college level, but that facet of the game is not required of him to be great at this level.
The way the Blaze executed their offense reminded me a little of a team from Georgia that we had televised the week before. Of course, I am talking about Camden County from St. Mary’s. The Wildcats also displayed an impressive running game. And that night, they used it to take down the top-ranked Colquitt County Packers.
These two teams are lead by some of the sharpest minds in the coaching business. Phillip Shadowens at Blackman, and Welton Coffee at Camden County are inspiring their players to play what is becoming a unique brand of football. They appear to be having a blast doing it.
They are also making like miserable for their opponents, take Ravenwood for instance. Coming in to last week, the Raptors had been one of the best teams in the southeast in forcing turnovers. As a matter of fact, they had more team interceptions than almost every school we have televised this season. Ravenwood had made that opportunistic brand of defense into its calling card. Unfortunately, they ran into a Blackman team that was not going to make those kinds of mistakes because it was not willing to put the ball up for grabs as much.
It just goes to show you how tough it is to beat a good running game this time of year. Whether it is in Tennessee with Blackman or down in Georgia with Camden County, the team capable of getting the tough yards on the ground is more likely to be the one that survives and advances.
Of course, there is a reason why the passing game has become so fashionable. Fans love to watch that brand of football and players love to play in those kinds of systems. This Friday we will be showcasing two schools that really know how to throw it.
We will be back in Ft. Lauderdale for University vs. Booker T. Washington. As you probably know, Booker T. Washington is not just the top-ranked team in our Sonic CSS southeastern high school football top 25, they are also the top-ranked team in the entire country. The Tornadoes are lead by quarterback Treon Harris who is looking to follow in the footsteps of Jameis Winston by committing to be the next signal-caller at Florida State.
However, do not be too quick to assume that University is a huge underdog in this game. The Suns have a star quarterback of their own. Sean White is currently committed to Auburn and he directs one of the most dynamic passing attacks in the nation.
So whether you like hard running or elegant passing, we are bringing you both brands of high school football on CSS each Friday night. The games thus far have been sensational, and the best would appear to be yet to come.