No matter who is in the driver’s seat, Siegel likes to punch the accelerator.
The Stars scored fast and furiously en route to a 49-0 rout of Lincoln County on Friday night, despite senior quarterback Brent Stockstill sitting out with an unspecified injury.
Siegel coach Greg Wyant said Stockstill is “questionable to probable” for next week’s District 7-AAA opener versus Blackman.
But Siegel (2-0) did just fine without The Tennessean Dandy Dozen quarterback, taking a 42-0 halftime lead and coasting to its second straight blowout win.
Junior running back Denzel Harding racked up 155 rushing yards and four touchdowns on just 11 carries, all in the first half.
“When we’re on tempo, we can put up plenty of points,” Harding said. “We came out looking for a battle, but we got out to a fast pace and it was on from there.”
Siegel piled up 412 total yards, mostly in the first half and without three injured starters (Stockstill, running back Jacob Hayes, wide receiver Tyler Walton).
“We got on them as quick as we could, and that’s what we want to do every week,” Wyant said. “We don’t want to give people time to breathe.”
It marked Lincoln County’s 10th straight loss to a Murfreesboro school since 2008.
A week earlier, Siegel scored on the game’s first play on an 80-yard pass from Stockstill to Tae Martin. Friday’s game followed that frenetic pace, as each of the Stars’ first six scoring drives lasted only six plays or fewer.
Harding broke loose for a 68-yard score on the second play from scrimmage.
On the next possession, Harding scored from 12 yards, after quarterback Jay Melton’s 25-yard run on fourth-and-3.
Melton and Dakota Crane, who got the start, alternated drives at quarterback. Collin Stoecker was also behind center in the fourth quarter.
Siegel took a 42-0 halftime lead, forcing the TSSAA mercy rule and a continuously running clock in the second half.
“We’re always prepared to play, and tonight we got a chance with Brent out,” Melton said.
“We have play-makers back there, and I thought we did pretty good. I thought we’d win, but 49-0? I was impressed.”