Stars make statement

Stars make statement

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MURFREESBORO

It was the shootout many expected.

And then some.

Fourth-ranked Siegel punched the throttle and rolled to a 49-28 upset win over second-ranked Riverdale on Friday night in front of an estimated crowd of 6,000 at Siegel High.

Siegel (5-0 overall, 2-0) recorded its best start in school history with the victory, beating the Warriors (4-1, 1-1) for the second time in school history.

“This is big,” said Siegel third-year coach Greg Wyant, who was part of four state championships as an assistant at Riverdale. “I’m not going to deny it.”

The two Murfreesboro schools combined for 1,052 total yards.

“You hope you don’t get that,” Riverdale coach Ron Aydelott said. “That puts a lot of pressure on your offense. They play wide open. I was hoping we could slow them down and it would be a game in the 20s like it was last year.

“It got going in a hurry.”

The two teams combined for 49 points and 584 yards in the first half alone, with Siegel grabbing a 28-21 lead at the break.

Siegel finished the game with 550 yards of total offense to Riverdale’s 502.

Brent Stockstill had a huge night, completing 14 of 19 passes for 267 yards and four first-half touchdown passes. He rushed for a 50-yard TD run and had 126 yards on 16 carries.

“We came out here and made a few big plays, and they did also,” Stockstill said. “They fought back and hit some big plays.”

Stockstill was 10-of-14 passing for 216 yards with touchdown passes of 14, 43, 47 and 31 in the first half. Tae Martin finished with six catches for 145 yards and two touchdown catches. Running back Denzel Harding ran for 118 yards on 19 carries, scoring both of his touchdowns in the second half to seal the win.

“It’s all Brent, really,” Harding said. “He gets us all hyped for the game. It’s all due to Brent.”

But Riverdale was just as explosive on offense. Riverdale quarterback Dillon Woodruff set the tone with a 70-yard pass to Tad Onwu on the Warriors’ second offensive snap. Woodruff scored on a 1-yard keeper three plays later.

Woodruff finished the game with 289 yards on 23-of-34 passing. He had 141 yards on 10-of-12 passing in the high-octane first half. Woodruff also had 105 yards rushing on 16 carries after entering the game with 22 for the season. Aydelott had kept his three-year starter reigned in for the first four games because Woodruff was coming off an ACL injury sustained in the 2011 Class 6A state quarterfinals.

Tad Onwu led Riverdale with 10 catches for a career-high 168 yards.

Stockstill hit Dominique Gooch for a 14-yard TD pass with 9:27 left in the first quarter to open the game. But Woodruff answered 2:21 later. Stockstill, though, needed just four plays to find Tyler Walton for a 43-yard TD pass down the Riverdale sidelines.

“If Brent Stockstill isn’t the best quarterback in the state of Tennessee, I want to see one that is better,” Wyant said. “I’m glad he’s on my football team. He’s a heck of a player.”

One series later, Stockstill hit Tae Martin for a 47-yard TD pass on the Stars’ first play to take a 21-7 lead. Riverdale cut the deficit to seven when Ricardo Terry capped a 3:32 drive with a 4-yard TD run to end the first quarter.

Stockstill’s 31-yard TD pass to Martin made it 28-14 with 5:35 left in the half. Woodruff directed the Warriors 80 yards on 11 plays, capping it with Terry’s 4-yard TD run to makde it 28-21.

“There is a lot of the season left,” Aydelott said. “There are some really good teams in the district, but they are the class of the district at this point. There is a lot left to be played.”

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