It has been a month since they played their final game of the 2018 season, but the Blackman Blaze football team is back in the spotlight.
Not only did they have three young men participate in the Tennessee All-Star Classic last weekend in Clarksville, but even more than that have been recognized for their 2018 success with regional postseason awards.
Friday night, Adonis Otey, Tamicus Napier, and Micaleous Elder represented the Blaze for the East team in the East vs. West Tennessee All-Star Classic. Those same three players are well-represented on the All-Region list for Region 3-6A.
Otey was named Athlete of the Year, Napier was Co-RB of the Year along with Riverdale’s Andrew Smith, and Elder was named WR of the Year in the region.
The postseason accolades for the Blaze do not stop there, however.
Gritty linebacker Matthew Hall earned Defensive MVP honors and fellow linebacker Conner Murphy claimed LB of the Year in the region.
The list gets even longer as All-Region honors go to Drew Beam, Jordan Brown, Michael Brown, Dajeun Gibson, Luke Hayes, Trey Knox, Alec Patton, and Kamron Philalom. Spencer Layne and Khori Williams also received honorable mentions in the All-Region category.
College Offers for Blaze Players
Since the season ended, a few Blackman seniors have also received long-awaited offers to continue their education while playing football at the collegiate level.
Hall, the aforementioned Defensive Player of the Year for Region 3-6A, recently received his first offer to continue his football and educational careers at Shorter University in Rome, Ga.
Also receiving his first offer was running back Tamicus Napier. The region’s Co-RB of the Year was offered by the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Ky.
Alec Patton, another All-Region defender, received an offer from Culver-Stockton College in Missouri.
Also receiving his first college offer was junior defensive back Dajeun Gibson. His offer came from FBS program Tulane University in New Orleans, La.
Knox and Otey are committed to the University of Arkansas. Micaleous Elder will continue his football career at Middle Tennessee State.
Blackman spent most of the season ranked among the top three teams in Tennessee’s 6A classification. The Blaze were also ranked among the top 15 teams in the state from all classifications.
The Blaze made it to the second round of the 2018 TSSAA State Playoffs where they lost at Mount Juliet, finishing 10-2 on the season.