Off and Running Photos by Jolanda Jansma

Let's get to the shot of the night right away. Alcoa receiver Brayden Anderson (99) shows off verticals beyond belief in celebrating a second half touchdown catch on a pass from quarterback Zach Lunsford. Look! Up in the sky!
Anderson's leaping grab and celebration withstanding, the story of the night was an Alcoa defense that held the Blackman offense to zero points. The Blaze points came from a fumble returned for a touchdown. Here, Soloman Tyson rocks a Blackman ball carrier just after the handoff.
Zane Bonham, left, an unidentified Tornado and Isaiah Cox coverage at the football. It would prove a theme.
Make no mistake; the Tornadoes did pour on the points. Here, 2019 BlueCross Bowl MVP Ahmaudd Sankey slashes through a sizable hole and hits the gas to give Alcoa an early 7-0 lead.
While he didn't reach the end zone on this one, Isaiah Cox opened the game with this sprint up the middle of the field. The versatile Tornado DID score in the second half as Alcoa pulled away. Cox's stock is soaring these days. Don't be surprised if a scholarship offer from a local Power 5 school lands soon.
Alcoa suffered significant losses to graduation along the offensive line, losing four starters. Carving big holes in the Blackman front for Tornado backs, looks like they'll be just fine there. We were really impressed with center Joe Tuft.
Sankey gets due credit for some truly memorable juke-and-go stuff, but don't sleep on fellow senior Ronald Jackson. He's got some skills.
It takes some big-time agility to pull off something like this.
Junior quarterback Safdar McCrary carries a Blaze defender into the secondary.
Cox, top, and defensive signal caller Major Newman crumple a Blackman running back.
Zane Bonham with the sack. If you're looking for players to watch this fall, keep a sharp eye out for Bonham and seniors Braxton Baumann and Luke Summerall. Big hitters, speed, size, a lot of pop.
Seriously, there was really nowhere for Blackman and run.
This never gets old. Defensive guru Brain Nix is so spirited a coordiator he has his own personal get-back coach. Here, Alcoa trainer Peggy Bratt delivers another penalty-saving move.
Mr. Summerall wraps up and readies the takedown.
It got a little heated late. Game officials were on top of things, but we're really not sure Tornado lineman Cain Burchfield was doing anything other than protecting a teammate here. Tough call in the moment, though.
One more look at the skywalker.