Stars' offense ahead of rest of district

Stars' offense ahead of rest of district

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Stars' offense ahead of rest of district

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MURFREESBORO

One week of prep football is in the books.

However, plenty still remains. No team had their playoff hopes dashed on Friday. However, many took their first step in become playoff eligible. While others took significant steps back.

Here are five things we know after Week 0.

Siegel high-powered offense cranked up

OK, it’s just one week. But there have been signs all preseason that Siegel’s offense was at another level.

There was the performance against Brentwood Academy in a preseason scrimmage. And the Stars showed the county their ability to score against Smyrna in the Rutherford County Jamboree.

But who thought they would hang 53 on Franklin?

Brent Stockstill threw for 288 yards, with 176 going to Tae Martin.

And the rest of the county took notice.

La Vergne faces must-win Friday

Is it too early to talk about must-win games? Maybe.

But for those that believe that La Vergne was a team that could be on the cusp of getting into the playoffs in 2012, this week is a crucial one.

La Vergne (0-1) hosts Wilson Central (1-0) on Friday. It’s a team the Wolverines beat a year ago. The Wolverines are coming off a 20-12 loss to Antioch, which La Vergne shut out in 2011. When those started looking through La Vergne’s schedule, the first two weeks looked to be games it could win.

Things get intensified after this week. And, that will be intensified even more if La Vergne leaves Freedom Field 0-2.

Warriors miss Woodruff’s runs

Dillon Woodruff’s first game back as Riverdale’s starting quarterback was a success on the scoreboard Friday night.

The Warriors won at Brighton, blitzing the Cardinals with four quick second-half touchdowns for a 42-19 win. But one thing was vacant in the win — Woodruff’s ground game.

The past couple seasons we’ve all grown accustomed to seeing their quarterback run through the line and picking up huge games. He’s rushed for about 2,000 yards combined over the course of his first two years as starting quarterback.

But through the preseason and first game of the season we’ve yet to see Woodruff contribute to the run game. Woodruff’s knee, which sustained a torn ACL against Oak Ridge in the 6A state quarterfinals is fully healed. He’s been given a clean bill of health.

Riverdale coach Ron Aydelott admitted he’s the reason Woodruff hasn’t taken off with the ball. Aydelott is trying to keep his Woodruff from potential hits out of concern of re-injury. It’s only a matter of time when Woodruff is unleashed and the Warriors’ offense reaches full potential.

Patriots will get back on track

It wasn’t the start Oakland needed. Considering the Patriots’ Week 0 loss came a day after discovering running back Fred Wade would miss the season with a torn ACL is reason to believe Oakland will bounce back.

And it better.

Oakland is about to go through a stretch where it will be heavily favored in its next three games, beginning at Hunters Lane on Friday. It’s those three games where the Patriots must lock down the running back position. Travon Willis is a more than capable starter. But who will the backups be?

Darryle Hood and Eric Abernathy are capable runners. And quarterback Emmanuel Smith can add to the run game with his ability to scramble and make plays with his legs.

Blaze pleasant surprise

Not many scribes expected Blackman to open the season with such a dominating performance over Independence, a team many expect to be one of the top two teams in District 11-AAA.

Perhaps they should with Philip Shadowens’ track record. The Blaze coach is 4-0 in season openers at the Murfreesboro school. The 20-7 win over the Eagles was his 150th as a head coach.

Blackman’s win came in dominating fashion. The Blaze racked up 315 total yards of offense. And a defense, which struggled at times in 2011, gave up just 119 yards.

Tom Kreager is prep editor of The Daily News Journal. Email him at tkreager@dnj.com. Follow him on Twitter at Twitter.com/Kreager.

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