Siegel focusing on Ooltewah

Siegel focusing on Ooltewah

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Siegel focusing on Ooltewah

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Siegel can equal its best start in school history tonight.

But the Stars are far from satisified despite outscoring their first three opponents 144-14. Siegel, which is ranked fourth in this week’s Associated Press’ statewide Class 6A poll, plays at Ooltewah at 6:30 p.m. today.

Siegel enters 3-0, while Ooltewah is 2-1.

“I’m worried about our kids getting a little satisfied and perhaps losing that edge,” Siegel coach Greg Wyant said. “We’re still not real hungry this week. I think they got a little satisfied with what they did (against Blackman) last week.

“If we get like that, it will be ugly (today).”

Siegel hasn’t allowed a point in the second half this season, which has been held with a running clock through much of the year. The entire second halves against Franklin (in Week 0) and Lincoln County (in Week 1) were played with running clocks.

The majority of the fourth quarter was a running clock in this past week’s 42-7 win over Blackman.

But despite three consecutive mercy rule victories, the Stars aren’t banking on a fourth this season.

“Last year in the second round of the playoffs we got stopped by a yard (to Mt. Juliet),” Siegel senior Tae Martin said. “We’re using that to motivate us.

“Last year we averaged a lot of points at the beginning of the season, but then kind of fell downhill. We don’t want a repeat of last year. We aren’t going to be satisfied.”

Siegel opened the 2011 season 4-0 before falling to Riverdale.

Siegel has averaged 48 points a game through three games this season behind the arm of Brent Stockstill (257.5 passing ypg) and legs of Denzel Harding (107 rushing ypg).

Riverdale is the only other undefeated Rutherford County team. The second-ranked Warriors (3-0) face fifth-ranked Maplewood (2-1), which Riverdale coach Ron Aydelott considers as the top metro public school team in Nashville.

“They are coming off a (Class 4A) state runner-up,” Aydelott said. “I don’t think they have the one kid, but overall, they are pretty good.

“They may not be as physical as they were last year because they are not as big, but they may be faster.”

Dillon Woodruff (90.3 passing ypg) and Mariko Odom (199 total ypg) lead the Warriors.

Oakland (1-2) travels to Gallatin (2-1) in a crucial game for a young Patriots squad. The Patriots are coming off a 24-21 upset loss to La Vergne.

“I don’t think it’s time to push the panic button because I think we have a good football team,” Oakland coach Thomas McDaniel said. “I don’t want to read too much in to the first three games because we made it clear that there would be ups and downs because of our inexperience. We’ve got to see some drastic improvements.”

Oakland has been stricken with injuries thus far this season. The Patriots lost running back Fred Wade prior to the start of the season and backup Travon Willis suffered a high ankle sprain in Oakland’s loss to La Vergne.

“I’m not sure (Willis) will play much,” McDaniel said.

In his place, Darryle Hood Jr. and Eric Abernathy will be leaned on to carry the load. The Patriots may also use quarterback Emmanuel Smith at receiver in some places when Rhett Stacey is at quarterback. That adds to the Patriots’ athleticsm on the field.

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