Three-headedmonster

Three-headedmonster

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Three-headedmonster

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MURFREESBORO

Siegel’s high-powered, fast-paced

offense has left opposing defenses panting this season.

And while the Stars’ offense has involved numerous playmakers, it’s a trio of skill players who have formed an offensive three-headed monster to opposing defenses.

Stop this trio and perhaps a defense can slow down an offense leading District 7-AAA in points scored (47 ppg) and total yards (474.3 ypg).

Siegel senior quarterback Brent Stockstill, senior wide receiver Tae Martin and junior running back Denzel Harding have put up huge numbers, combining for 38 touchdowns and lead or are near the top of every key offensive statistic category in District 7-AAA.

Stockstill leads District 7-AAA with 1,201 passing yards and has a 7-AAA best 15 touchdown passes. Martin tops 7-AAA with 28 catches for 538 yards and seven receiving touchdowns. And Harding has 573 yards with a 7-AAA best 12 rushing touchdowns. Only Riverdale junior Mariko Odom (583) has more rushing yards this season.

“All of that just comes from practicing Monday through Thursday,” Harding said. “We just come out during the week and do what we have to do.”

Second-ranked Siegel (6-0 overall, 2-0 in 7-AAA) hosts Oakland (4-2, 1-1) at 7 p.m. today at Ken Nolan Stadium. Siegel has mercy ruled all but one opponent (Riverdale) this season and has outscored opponents 282-49.

“Obviously, their tempo is something we need to contend with. It’s hard to mimic in practice,” Oakland coach Thomas McDaniel said. “They’ve got skilled position kids all over the field.”

But it starts with Stockstill, Martin and Harding.

Stockstill is the leader of the offense, directing his teammates and running the Stars’ no-huddle offense to near perfection. Stockstill has 1,621 total yards through the five games he has played in this year, which accounts for 57 percent of the Stars’ yardage.

“He’s the best quarterback that I’ve seen on film this year,” McDaniel said. “He’s as good of a quarterback that has been in our league for a long time. Obviously, he and (Riverdale quarterback Dillon Woodruff) are both great quarterbacks. But they are different styles of quarterback. Stockstill is everything that everyone has said, and probably more.”

Stockstill’s offensive numbers come in his first season as a starting quarterback. He split time at the position a year ago. His presence has added to the passing game with four receivers catching more than 10 passes.

But Stockstill said those lofty numbers wouldn’t be feasible without running lanes opened and pass protection by the offensive line.

“We’ve got a lot of weapons,” Stockstill said. “But we’ve still got a long way to go. Those numbers don’t mean much right now. It all starts for us up front with our offensive line. Everything is tied with them. It makes us easier to make plays.

“It takes a lot of pressure if they are keying on Denzel because it allows us to throw it a little bit. If they are playing a little Cover 2 we can run it.”

Martin was quick to point out that there is more to the offense than the three stat leaders.

“We’ve got so many weapons, but we’re not the only ones doing it,” Martin said. “We’ve got plenty of weapons on offense.”

But in most cases, it starts with those three.

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