Cookeville held Blackman’s powerful offense to just 209 yards in a 31-14 defeat of the Blaze on Friday evening.
Blackman receiver Trey Knox accounted for 95 of those yards on six catches, and running back Cordel Braxton scored two touchdowns for the Blaze.
But the Blaze (6-2) missed injured running back Master Teague, as they ran for just 94 yards on 19 carries. Braxton gained 50 of those on 10 tries.
Cookeville (7-1) controlled the evening, holding the ball for 32:23 and running 60 plays to Blackman’s 35.
Cookeville (7-1) started to break the game open when Clay Massengille returned an interception 34 yards for a touchdown, giving the Cavaliers a 24-14 advantage with 3:43 left in the third quarter.
The Cavaliers’ Michael Scavo clinched it with a 5-yard run with 5:19 to play.
Earlier, Blackman led 14-10 thanks to a pair of Braxton touchdowns, one coming on a first-half scoring strike from quarterback Connor Mitchell from eight yards out.
Blackman travels to Stewart’s Creek next Friday.