Siegel took control of a couple of turnovers and good field position deep in Stewarts Creek territory early and often and beat the first-year program 54-7 on the Stars homecoming night.
Siegel (6-2 overall, 2-2 District 7-AAA) drove the ball well but scored only seven points in the opening quarter. However, the No. 5 Stars intercepted two Chris Dye passes to turn the momentum and score 28 points in the second quarter. They didn’t look back.
“I guess we did start slow,” Siegel coach Greg Wyant said. “We played pretty well in the second quarter. Defensively, I thought we played real well in the first half.”
After a Stewarts Creek (1-7, 1-3) three-and-out to begin the game, Siegel started on their own 46-yard line where Dakota Crane hit Denzel Harding for a 30-yard pass. Harding then took the next three carries until he scored from the one yard line. He finished with 135 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
Dye was intercepted twice, and the Stars recovered from an errant Crane throw and their fast-paced offense had no trouble finishing the half.
Andre Knox scored from 1 yard out, Harding scored on a 35-yard scamper, Greedy Howse scored from 6 yards out and Crane connected with Dominique Gooch for a 4-yard score before halftime.
“We had the interception and moved the ball out there, but that’s what an experienced team has got to learn to do, and we’re not quite there to be able to overcome that yet,” Stewarts Creek coach David Martin said.
Siegel likely clinched a playoff berth with the win. The Stars have unranked Riverdale and La Vergne (both 2-6) remaining on their regular-season schedule.
“You can’t prepare for the team I don’t think, you’ve got to prepare more for getting yourself better as a squad,” Wyant said. “I mean come Monday obviously we’re going to prepare for Riverdale, but we’re really going to concentrate on what we can do to get better as a football team.”
Crane connected with Weston Hayes for 9 yards, Jordan Middleton hit Matthew Perhac for 32 yards and Howse scored again from 9 yards out for the Stars.
Keytaves Bradley scored on an 8-yard scamper with 9:08 remaining in the game to ensure Siegel did not get the shutout over the Red Hawks.
Siegel outgained Stewarts Creek 419 yards to 218 for the game.