MERCY ME: Stars rout Patriots for 6th mercy rule

MERCY ME: Stars rout Patriots for 6th mercy rule

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MERCY ME: Stars rout Patriots for 6th mercy rule

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The running clock started at the beginning of the second half Friday night.

Siegel’s defense made sure it never stopped.

The second-ranked Stars shut out Oakland 35-0 at Ken Nolan Stadium to remain undefeated and collect its third shutout of the season, and second in as many weeks.

“I think we played pretty well up front,” Siegel coach Greg Wyant said. “They had a tough time moving it on us at times. I’m proud of how our kids have performed on defense.

“They don’t get a whole lot of recognition with as many points as we score and as many weapons that we have on offense. But, I’m proud of their blue collar workman like attitude when they come to practice.”

Siegel (7-0 overall, 3-0 in 7-AAA) has outscored its opponents 317-49 this season. The Stars have mercy ruled all but Riverdale this season. Both Siegel and Oakland (4-3, 1-2) are off next week.

Siegel scored all of its points in the first half. The defense made three stops inside Siegel territory, including two in the first half, to preserve the shut out.

“Coach Wyant tries to remind us to play like our hair is on fire,” said Siegel senior Tae Martin. “He knows if a team can’t score on us, we can score on him.”

Denzel Harding and Martin each had a pair of touchdowns for the Stars. Harding reeled in a 37-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-15. It was one of three fourth down conversions the Stars had in the first half. Harding added a 9-yard TD run with 2:48 left in the first quarter to push it to 14-0.

Harding finished with 148 yards on 15 carries.

Oakland’s Chad McCarver recovered Stockstill’s fumble at the Oakland 33 after Davonte Johnson and Travon Willis pressured the left-handed quarterback. Willis also recovered a Stockstill fumble earlier in the game. The Patriots moved the ball into Siegel territory with Oakland quarterback Emmanuel Smith being used in different roles, including receiver. His 31-yard run moved the ball to the Siegel 26. But two plays later, Martin picked off backup quarterback Rhett Stacey’s pass and returned it 77 yards for the touchdown.

Oakland again moved the ball on the ensuing kickoff, having the ball on the Siegel 1. But Stacey fumbled the snap and Siegel’s Jace Tyson recovered in the end zone. Stockstill needed just eight plays to go 80 yards. He scored on a 14-yard run with 3:55 left in the half.

Oakland’s George Gbesee fumbled Harrison Reed’s squib kick and Tyler Walton recovered for Siegel. Stockstill then hit Martin with an 18-yard TD pass.

“I really thought at times our defense played very well,” Oakland coach Thomas McDaniel said. “We got some stops and turnovers. It goes back to our story this year. We were our own worst enemy.

“The kickoff fumble, the fumble on the one — we didn’t capitalize when we had opportunities. Bottom line is we’re playing a lot of sophomores.”

Smith left the game late in the second quarter with what McDaniel called a right knee sprain. Smith slipped on the tarp on a run at the sidelines and slid into the medical table. He had 171 of Oakland’s 196 total yards in the first half.

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