Siegel's Stockstill, Riverdale's Woodruff meet Friday on big stage

Siegel's Stockstill, Riverdale's Woodruff meet Friday on big stage

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Siegel's Stockstill, Riverdale's Woodruff meet Friday on big stage

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They run the two most high-powered offenses in District 7-AAA.

Senior quarterback Brent Stockstill directs Siegel’s offense that is averaging 47.8 points a game this season. Senior quarterback Dillon Woodruff commands a Riverdale attack averaging 44.8 points a game.

On Friday, the two offenses with the two best quarterbacks in District 7-AAA meet in a showdown between two programs ranked in the top five in Class 6A. Riverdale (4-0 overall, 1-0 in 7-AAA) is ranked second. Siegel (4-0, 1-0) is ranked fourth.

“It’s an exciting game,” Woodruff said. “But you have to look at it as it’s like any other game. You need to come out and practice.”

Both quarterbacks are a major part to their respective teams’ success.

“Brent is the catalyst for that group,” Riverdale coach Ron Aydelott said. “He gets the ball to the right person. They run great routes. He never gives up.”

The same can be said about Woodruff. He is the innovative leader for the Warriors as evident last season when he led Riverdale to a 13-0 record before sustaining an ACL tear.

That injury has led for his numbers to be down from past years. He hasn’t ran the ball as much in the Warriors’ wing-T offense. But he hasn’t had to do that with the way his teammates have played.

But that could change this week. Both teams enter undefeated and share the District 7-AAA lead with La Vergne.

“He hasn’t run the ball much,” Siegel coach Greg Wyant said. “He’s thrown it, but he hasn’t run it much.

“You’ve got to assume that they are going to cut him loose this week with the type of ball game it is. He’s been effective throwing it, but I haven’t seen run it a whole lot. You’d think if he’s going to run it, this would be the week he would.”

While the winner isn’t guaranteed a top-two spot in the final district standings, they will have a leg up on the rest of the league. Riverdale and Siegel were the preseason favorites prior to the season.

Siegel, which is 4-0 for the second straight year, has never started 5-0

Stockstill, a left-handed quarterback, has thrown for a District 7-AAA best 730 yards with eight touchdown passes and completed 72 percent of his passes.

“We knew if we both took care of business we would be on a big stage,” Stockstill said. “It should be fun. But you need to stay grounded and not peak too early.”

Both teams have shown the ability to score often and quickly. Siegel scored on its first play from scrimmage in its season opener and on its second play against Ooltewah a week ago.

Riverdale scored four times in a span of nine plays in its season opener at Brighton.

“Some games we’ve come out slower than others,” Woodruff said. “But there have been times we came out scoring like that. We just need to have a great week of practice and come out firing.”

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