By ZACH BIRDSONG
Chase Farler put up a pair of scores for Tullahoma, but it wasn’t enough as Blackman scored four times in the first half at home on Tuesday, ousting the Wildcats 4-2 from the Region 4-AAA Tournament.
Tullahoma finished its season with an overall record of 12-5-1. Oakland notched a 4-0 road victory over Franklin County on Tuesday. Blackman and Oakland were scheduled to play for the Region 4-AAA Title on Thursday but as of press time, the result of that contest was unavailable.
Blackman wasted little time getting on the scoreboard in the first half on Tuesday, putting up the first goal in the third minute of play. After getting the ball near midfield, Carson Kennedy fired off a shot from there that found the top right corner of the net, putting the Blaze up 1-0 with 37:54 left on the clock.
Just over seven minutes later, Tullahoma evened the score. After receiving the ball in the left side of the box, Farler fired a shot that found the top right corner of the net with 30:33 remaining in the first period.
Seconds later, Blackman regained control of the matchup and never let up from there. With 29:43 left in the first half, Luke Buckley scored to give the Blaze a 2-1 edge. After Matthew Jobe got ball control near midfield, he drove down inside the box and flicked a pass to Buckley, who capitalized.
Jobe got into the scoring column nearly 16 minutes later, making it a 3-1 contest. After getting the ball on the left side of the field, Jobe controlled that all the way to the box, putting up a shot that found the bottom right corner of the net with 13:55 remaining in the first half.
Three minutes later, the Blaze added their fourth score of the contest off of the foot of Shane Lauterbach. After an initial shot by Blackman was attempted, Lauterbach came in and was able to tap the ball into the back of the net, scoring with 10:29 left before halftime.
Tullahoma totaled just four shots in the first half, two of which were on target. Blackman, on the other hand, put up 13 shots, eight of which were on frame.
The Blaze matched that shot total in the second half, again with eight landing on frame. However, it was Tullahoma who controlled possession in the second half, despite only having five shots in the period, two of which were on target.
Nearly seven minutes out of halftime, Tullahoma connected for a goal, cutting the contest down to a two-score ballgame. After receiving the ball on the right side of the field, Farler fired off a shot that landed in the back of the net with 33:08 remaining in the period.
Despite putting pressure on Blackman in the second half, the Blaze’s defense was there to limit the shot opportunities. Michael Duncan had eight saves in the second period for the Wildcats, bring his total to 12 on the night.