OAK RIDGE (WVLT) - William Blount was getting used to losing by one point.
Consecutive setbacks at the hands of Maryville (20-19) and Farragut (36-35) left the Governors (5-2) reeling and scrambling to retain the dominance that characterized their hot start -- and Friday at Oak Ridge, they found their rhythm in a sloppy 21-10 victory.
The Wildcats (6-1) dropped their first game of the year, unable to keep alive the momentum they gained from early William Blount miscues.
After holding the Governors on their first drive, Oak Ridge blocked the punt, plucked the ball off the turf and returned it to the end zone to take a 7-0 lead. Later in the quarter, the Govs botched a snapped punt, but held the Wildcats to a field goal.
But William Blount rallied, scoring on a Tyler Burstrom pass to cut the deficit to 10-7. Then, with Oak Ridge deep in Governors territory, Wildcats running back Jarrod Stephens fumbled and Blount recovered in the end zone for a touchback. The Govs capitalized, scoring to take a 13-10 halftime lead.
Oak Ridge looks to rebound next week at Soddy Daisy, while William Blount travels to McMinn County.
OTHER AREA SCORES:
Alcoa 38, CAK 21
Austin-East 36, Anderson County 2
Bearden 28, Campbell County 13
Chuckey-Doak 34, West Greene 14
Clinton 27, Lenoir City 7
Cloudland 28, Jellico 26
Cumberland Gap 57, Hancock County 12
Dobyns Bennett 30, Sevier County 6
Farragut 49 , Bradley Central 7
Gatlinburg-Pittman 14, South Greene 6
Greeneville 52 Cherokee 6
Jefferson County 16 , Science Hill 14
Fulton 34 , Kingston 2
Grace 33 , Taft Youth Center 18
Halls 10 , Powell 7
Loudon 49 , Oliver Springs 8
Maryville 35 , West 21
McMinn Central 47 , Tellico Plains 0
McMinn County 22 , Soddy-Daisy 0
Midway 41 , Sunbright 8
Morristown East 35 , Cocke County 14
Morristown West 25 , Daniel Boone 7
Oneida 14 , Harriman 7
Ooltewah 49 , Heritage 13
Rockwood 44 , Wartburg Central 7
Rutledge 49 , Cosby 14
South Doyle 29 , Central 28