Tennessee roundup: Bledsoe shuts out Marion for command of region

Staff photo by Robin Rudd / Bledsoe County running back Cadillac Sevier dives for extra yards between two Marion County defenders Friday night.

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.