MURFREESBORO — On a night dedicated to his teammate, Greedy Howse made sure Siegel won.
The senior running back gained 164 yards in 16 carries and scored four touchdowns to lead the Stars past Coffee County 45-26 in their regular-season finale Friday night.
“Greedy had another good night,” Siegel coach Greg Wyant said. “I was proud of the way he came in and handled things and toted the ball for us. I appreciate him.”
The game began with a tribute to Siegel junior Baylor Bramble, who wears No. 33 and who has been in critical condition for the past week at Vanderbilt after suffering a head injury in the Warren County game.
Siegel’s captains carried the 33 jersey to the middle of the field for the coin toss.
With only 10 players on the field, the Stars kicked off, and Vanderbilt commit Alontae Taylor ran up to the 33-yard line and downed the ball there.
Taylor, who is also Coffee County’s quarterback, took a snap, downed it and Bramble was credited with the tackle. Then both teams met in the middle of the field for a prayer for Bramble.
“I take my hat off to Coach (Ryan) Sulkowski and their community,” Wyant said. “A lot of this was his idea. Being able to honor Baylor, and some healing for our kids, I can’t thank the Coffee County community enough.”
Siegel (2-8, 2-5 Region 2-6A) had 331 yards rushing and Coffee County (3-7, 1-6) had 315. In the first quarter, the teams took turns making big plays on the ground.
Howse’s first carry was a 12-yard gain. Three plays later, he ran 56 yards for his first touchdown.
Near the end of the first half, after Siegel took possession on the 13 following a punt, quarterback Jordan Middleton threw a quick pass to Howse, who went 87 yards for the touchdown to give Siegel a commanding 28-12 halftime lead.