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 Friday night, despite Siegel 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 its signal caller, 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, and that all came 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. The Falcons had only 140 yards.
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 less.
Harding broke loose for a 68-yard score on the second play from scrimmage.
On the next possession, Harding scored from 12 yards, following 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.
After a Lincoln County fumble, Crane hit Domnique Gooch for a 28-yard TD strike.
On the ensuing possession, Melton answered with a 60-yard TD toss to Weston Hayes, who took a short wide receiver screen and broke four tackles en route to paydirt.
Harding followed with TD runs of 5 and 31 yards for a 42-0 halftime lead, forcing the TSSAA mercy rule and a continuously running clock in the second half.
Melton added a 23-yard TD run down the right sideline midway through the third quarter.
“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.”
Melton passed for 68 yards and one TD and rushed for 56 yards and one score. Crane passed for 37 yards and one TD and ran for 34 yards.
So will Melton or Crane push Stockstill for the starting job?
“Uh, I doubt that,” Melton said. “I’d love to play more, but Brent is a stud.”