Siegel Nation, meet the Knox twins.
Andre Knox and Andrew Knox, twin sophomore running backs for the Siegel Stars, each contributed with touchdown runs as the Stars defeated the Smyrna Bulldogs 21-7 in the Rutherford County Football Jamboree Friday night.
Along with a touchdown run from senior quarterback Brent Stockstill and a strong performance by junior running back Denzel Harding (50 yards rushing), the Stars’ offense was a force as they moved the ball on three scoring drives against the Bulldogs. They went no-huddle at times.
“We had the best year in school history last year, and we’re trying to carry that over to this year,” said Siegel coach Greg Wyant. “If we can keep from getting banged up, we feel pretty good. We feel like we can score on anybody right now.”
Siegel got things going in its first possession. After Smyrna was forced to punt, the Stars took over and Stockstill capped off a touchdown drive with a 5-yard touchdown run.
The Knox twins scored the next two touchdowns for Siegel, the first coming on a 3-yard run by Andrew, and the second on a 27-yard run by Andre with just 35 seconds left.
“They’re both pretty good players,” said Siegel coach Greg Wyant. “We feel pretty comfortable with them getting in the ballgame.”
The Bulldogs struggled offensively until late in the second quarter. They put together a 68-yard touchdown drive on nine plays as quarterback Jackson Holland scored on a 1-yard run.
Keydexon Brown led the Bulldogs with 50 yards rushing.
Smyrna had a senior-laden team last year after falling in the first round of the 6A playoffs to Franklin.
“They’re getting on-the-job training, and they’re fun to coach,” said coach Matt Williams.
The Stars go into the season ranked in the top 10 due to the success they had last season.
“All these rankings don’t mean anything,” said Wyant. “We haven’t done anything to garner a No. 2 ranking in the district. We’ve never finished higher than fifth in the district. We’ve got a long way to go.”