MURFREESBORO – Jordan Middleton never really felt any pain.
The only thing that tipped him off that there was an issue with his arm was when someone noticed blood on it.
But it didn’t matter to the Siegel High junior quarterback.
Nothing was going to keep him off the field last Friday night in the Rutherford County Football Jamboree — not even 13 stitches. It was one last chance to prove to everyone he deserves the starting quarterback job when Siegel opens at 7 p.m. Friday with Riverdale at Ken Nolan Stadium.
Middleton’s right arm was gashed open from a La Vergne defender’s helmet on Siegel’s third offensive play.
“It was a roll out,” Middleton recalls. “No one was open so I threw it away and got hit in the arm. But I didn’t feel it at the time.”
Middleton said he thought it was just a little cut until it was being looked at by a trainer. But he insisted that he wasn’t going to leave the game, even though it didn’t count in the standings.
“I wasn’t going to leave,” Middleton said. “I wasn’t raised that way. I learned from my parents to never quit.”
Middleton was also fully aware that this was another chance to show the coaching staff he deserved a shot at running Siegel’s high-octane offense.
Middleton was the No. 1 quarterback entering fall camp before freshman John Ross Langworthy began to pressure him with his arm.
“I was thinking about (the competition) a little,” Middleton said. “You don’t want to take reps off. Whenever you can prove that you are the one, you want to take advantage of it.”
Middleton ran for a 15-yard touchdown on an option keeper and threw a 14-yard touchdown pass on back-to-back possessions for the Stars in their 21-14 win over La Vergne in the jamboree. Middleton finished 3-of-4 passing for 54 yards. He also ran for 35 yards on five carries.
Middleton was bandaged up at Dr. Warren Langworthy, who is Middleton’s doctor, in his private office after the jamboree. Ironically, he is John Ross Langworthy’s father.
Middleton’s desire to stay in the game was no surprise to Siegel coach Greg Wyant.
“That’s a pretty tough kid,” Wyant said Monday evening after practice. “Jordan is a guy that really doesn’t want to talk about something like that, about getting 13 stitches. He just worked through it.
“But he’s always been that way. I’ve never seen anything to get him shook in the three years that I’ve had him.”
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Week 0 Schedule
(All games at 7 p.m. unless noted)
La Vergne at Smyrna*
Mt. Pleasant at Eagleville
Riverdale at Siegel*
Ravenwood at Stewarts Creek
MTCS at Cannon Co.
Monroe Acad. vs. Lancaster Chr. at Smyrna Middle, 6 p.m.
Oakland at Blackman, 11 a.m.***
*WGNS (1450-AM, 100.5-FM, 101.9-FM)
***ESPN2, WGNS (1450-AM, 100.5-FM, 101.9-FM)