Siegel Nation is in an unfamiliar spot.
Halfway through the high school football regular season, the Stars (5-0 overall, 2-0 in 7-AAA) are alone atop the District 7-AAA standings and are ranked second — the highest for the program — in this week’s Associated Press’ Class 6A statewide poll.
Siegel’s quick-striking offense combined with a much-improve defense stole the headlines early in the season. Then a week ago the Stars torched Riverdale for 49 points and just the second win in school history over the storied Warriors’ program.
Siegel quarterback Brent Stockstill has thrown for almost 1,000 yards and directs the highest-scoring offense (48.0 ppg) in 7-AAA. Tae Martin leads the league in receiving yards (89.2 ypg) and Denzel Harding is second in 7-AAA in rushing (102 ypg). It’s the ultimate triple threat.
However, the Siegel just halfway home. The Stars, who host Ravenwood at 7 p.m. today, meet Oakland next week in perhaps their biggest test of the second half of the regular season.
Sixth-ranked Riverdale (4-1, 1-1) leads four 7-AAA teams that have one loss in 7-AAA. The Warriors, though, still have Blackman (3-2, 0-2) and Oakland (3-2, 1-1) on their schedule.
Currently, five Rutherford County teams are in position to earn playoff berths.
Blackman, Oakland, Riverdale and Siegel all are in the running for 6A postseason spots. In the TSSAA playoffs, the top two spots in each district earn automatic berths. The rest of the field is filled by teams with the best record. In Class 6A, every six-win team has made the playoffs since the six-class system began in 2009. And some five-win teams have reached the playoffs in 6A.
Eagleville (2-3, 1-1 in 9A) also remains in good shape. In Class 1A, teams with five wins should make the playoffs as an at-large berth. And some four win teams normally reach the postseason.
The remainder of the county, La Vergne (1-4, 1-1), MTCS (0-5, 0-2) and Smyrna (1-4, 1-1) would need to turn their seasons around starting tonight to reach the postseason.