Kreager: Area teams don't tip hand in final tune-up

Kreager: Area teams don't tip hand in final tune-up


Kreager: Area teams don't tip hand in final tune-up



Let’s hope Friday night was no indication for the way the high school football regular season may go this year.

If it is, be ready for a bunch of scoreless overtime games.

In a night largely filled with enough vanilla offensive plays to start an ice cream parlor, it took Siegel’s high-octane offense to breathe a little life into the second annual Rutherford County Football Jamboree.

Siegel, which stole the show throughout the 2012 season, kept its foot on the gas against La Vergne with a 42-point offensive output in a half of football. That’s not bad considering the four teams that played before them didn’t sniff the end zone.

But let’s be honest. What did anyone have to win by actually tipping their hand to what their offenses can do Friday night? That’s the downside of a county jamboree with teams that will meet later on in the season playing against each other. No one wants to show anything.

Does anyone really think when Blackman and Oakland meet in Week 9, both offenses won’t be able to find the end zone? Ditto for Smyrna and Riverdale.

No, Friday night was simply one last dress rehearsal. It was a chance to get under the lights and see who is ready for the season. Oh, and each team made some money for their respective programs in the progress.

However, it’s safe to say we learned one thing Friday night.

Siegel’s offense will remain high scoring like it was under former quarterback Brent Stockstill.

Yes, on a night when few offensive players stood out and shined, first-year starter Dakota Crane stole the show with his ability to run, throw and lead the offense.

Siegel scored on its first six possessions in a 42-14 rout of La Vergne. The one time it didn’t score was at the end of the game when the Stars got the ball back with little time remaining.

Now comes the question: Should the Stars again be the favorite over Oakland and its star-studded lineup?

One could certainly argue the case that Siegel started where it left off — lapping the rest of 7-AAA.

The Stars have a stable of running backs, including Denzel Harding, Andrew Knox, Andre Knox and Greedy Howse.

Perhaps there is enough firepower for Greg Wyant’s team to make it 2-for-2.

But before you do that, remember this was just a jamboree. It was simply about playing a lot of players and getting one last dress rehearsal.

The scores mean nothing, which is good considering there were no scores for two-thirds of the night.

No, all head coaches wanted to do was escape Friday night injury free.

By all accounts, every team was able to do that.

And, if this truly was a precursor to the scores we’ll see in the regular season, here’s a little advice: Bring a pillow and a book. Things may get a little boring.

Tom Kreager is prep editor of The Daily News Journal. Reach him at 615-278-5168 or Follow him on Twitter @Kreager.

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