Using the same physical formula that has paid off all season, Bledsoe County secured its second consecutive shutout Friday with a 17-0 Region 3-2A road win over Marion County.
In a battle of state-ranked teams, fifth-ranked Bledsoe used a balanced offense - rushing for 190 yards and throwing for 140 - and a stingy defense that held sixth-ranked Marion to 141 yards of total offense.
The win also put Bledsoe (6-0, 2-0) in command to earn its first region championship since 2010, which was also the last time the Warriors opened a season with six straight wins. Bledsoe already owns a 29-point win over preseason league favorite Tyner earlier this season.
"Every week we write a different message or theme for the team, and this week we had 'driver's seat' to let the kids know what was at stake," Bledsoe coach Dewayne Tabor said.