Siegel warmed up its high-octane offense early Thursday night.
And Beech had no answer.
The Stars scored on their first seven possessions and routed Beech 54-21.
“Speed kills,” Siegel senior running back Denzel Harding said. “That’s all I can say.
“We practice that every day in practice. On our chalk board it says, ‘Speed kills.’ Every day in practice we run a play every seven seconds.”
The win is the third consecutive for Siegel (4-2) since falling to second-ranked Oakland. All six of Siegel’s opponents played thus far are currently ranked in their respective classification in the Associated Press’ statewide poll. Siegel (4-2) is ranked sixth in Class 6A. Beech (4-2) is ranked second in 5A and is the defending state champion.
Siegel scored 33 unanswered points before Beech’s Kourtney Hawkins scored on a 9-yard touchdown run with 10:54 left to cut it to 47-14. Parker Henry hit Caleb Dockery on a 6-yard TD pass to trim it to 47-21 with 5:04 left before Andrew Knox scored Siegel’s final TD with a 26-yard run.
Siegel finished with 402 total yards, including 352 rushing yards on 40 carries.
“It’s impossible to mimic what they do in practice,” Beech coach Anthony Crabtree said about Siegel’s fast-paced offense. “They were able to exploit some weaknesses in (our) defense.
“They have some great schemes.”
Harding finished with 150 yards on just eight carries and had three touchdowns. Knox added 103 yards on eight carries. Twin brother Andre Knox and quarterback Dakota Crane each ran for 89 yards.
Crane threw for just 52 yards on 3 of 4 passing a week after he threw for 376 yards against Science Hill.
“We just established the running game,” Siegel coach Greg Wyant said. “We like running the football. We’d rather run the football than throw it if we have a chance. We’re capable of being pretty balanced if we need to be.”
Siegel racked up 293 total yards in just 26 plays to lead 34-7 at halftime. Two of Siegel’s scores — a Harding 64-yard TD run and a Harding 4-yard TD run — came on possessions of 33 seconds or less.
Weston Hayes’ 9-yard touchdown reception from Crane was followed by Andre Knox’s 1-yard TD run to give the Stars a 14-0 lead with 1:51 remaining in the first quarter. Beech, though, trimmed the deficit in half. The Bucs went 80 yards on 13 plays, capped by Parker Campbell’s 6-yard TD pass from Henry.
Harding answered the score with his first of two first-half scores. Crane added a 25-yard touchdown run where he cut to his left and raced a Beech defender to the pylon for the score. Harding then added his second score of the night to cap the first-half scoring.
The Stars added two more scores in the third quarter. Andrew Knox capped a 99-yard drive with an 11-yard TD run. Harding then added his third score of the night off a 19-yard run.
The 21 points allowed is the fewest by Siegel this season.
“We played really well,” Siegel linebacker Nick Peters said. “We flew around to the ball. We talked about doing that this week in practice.”