Siegel took on its first big challenge Friday night.
And the Stars passed in dominating fashion.
Fifth-ranked Siegel whipped unbeaten Blackman 42-7 at The Inferno to remain undefeated and extend its streak of mercy rule games to three.
Siegel (3-0 overall, 1-0 in 7-AAA) won the battle up front and used its high-octane offense to score in bunches against the Blaze (2-1, 0-1). Siegel finished with 439 total yards against a Blaze defense that had been giving up 128 yards entering the season. The Stars have now outscored their opponents 144-14.
Against the Blaze, they did it by being more physical up front. Blackman finished with 163 yards on the ground and 329 for the game. Fifty-seven of its 166 passing yards came on a completion to Quindell Cousin to help set up the Blaze’s lone score.
“The offensive and defensive line played great,” Siegel quarterback Brent Stockstill said. “That’s probably the best performance we’ve had up front in a long time. We busted a few big runs, got the tempo going. They did a great job opening up holes for Denzel (Harding).”
Stockstill finished 13-of-20 passing for 204 yards with three touchdown passes in his first game back after missing a game with an undisclosed injury. He also ran for 37 yards for a touchdown.
Stockstill hit Harding for two of those touchdowns. Harding also ran for two. He finished with 11 carries for 155 yards and caught four passes for 49 yards.
“This is just an honor,” Harding said. “We just have to keep competing and playing harder.”
Stockstill hit Dominique Gooch for a 12-yard TD reception with 5:25 left in the first quarter to make it 7-0. Stockstill, who has college offers from Texas Tech, Memphis, Toledo, Western Michigan and UT-Chattanooga, later hit Harding for a 33-yard TD pass down the Stars sideline.
Siegel, though, was just getting warmed up. Harding knifed through the Blaze defensive line for a 60-yard TD run to complete a 96-yard drive to make it 21-7 with 5:56 left in the half before Blackman finally got on track offensively.
“They outplayed us up front and controlled the line of scrimmage,” Blackman coach Philip Shadowens said. “That was the difference of the game. I’m not surprised with what they did offensively. I thought offensively, we got whipped. Physically, they whipped us.”
Blackman backup quarterback Chase Smotherman completed a 69-yard drive with a 4-yard TD run after he picked up a scooped up a dropped snap.
But Siegel capitalized on a Blaze turnover to extend the lead to 28-7 before halftime. Jace Tyson picked off his second of three passes and ran it out of bounds on the Blackman sidelines. Blackman was penalized twice on the play to move it to the Blackman 7.
Shadowens said he thought the Blaze was receiver was interfered with on the play, but nothing was called. But he said that didn’t cost the Blaze the game.
“Siegel completely outplayed us in every aspect.”
Three plays later, Stockstill hit Harding for a 3-yard TD pass.
“We challenged our defense this week,” Siegel coach Greg Wyant said. “We wanted to show that we could come out and play a little defense. We’ve got good kids, and that takes care of a whole lot of things right there.”