Oakland overcomes slow start against Siegel

Oakland overcomes slow start against Siegel

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Oakland overcomes slow start against Siegel

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Oakland's Kendrick Johnson runs in traffic during the Patriots' 49-30 win over Siegel on Friday night.

Oakland’s Kendrick Johnson runs in traffic during the Patriots’ 49-30 win over Siegel on Friday night.

MURFREESBORO – Oakland scored 35 unanswered points after falling behind early, including two touchdowns each from Kendrick Johnson and JaCoby Stevens, and the Patriots racked 488 yards of total offense in a 49-30 victory over Siegel.

The Patriots (2-1, 1-0 2-6A) fumbled twice in the opening quarter, leading to 10 Siegel points and a 17-7 deficit after Jacob Smith’s 18-yard field goal with 2:58 left in the period.

Johnson scored from 6 yards out, capping a nine-play, 73-yard drive, and then on a 3-yard run after 63-yard catch-and-run from Stevens. Jackson Cauthen’s 47-yard interception return for a TD late in the half gave Oakland a 28-17 advantage at the break.

The Patriots took the opening drive of the second half 80 yards on seven plays, with Stevens catching a 26-yard TD pass. Siegel answered with its best drive since the first quarter, moving to the Oakland 11, but Greedy Howse fumbled in a pile of players and the ball popped out to the feet of Stevens, who picked it up and scampered 91 yards for another score and a 42-17 Patriots advantage.

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Stevens also got Oakland on the board with a 51-yard TD catch in the first quarter and also grabbed a 46-yard touchdown in the final quarter. He finished with five catches for 208 yards and the two scores and also made eight tackles.

Howse, wearing No. 22 for teammate Mason Loupe, who died this week, rushed for 136 yards on 23 carries while Jordan Middleton finished 13-of-27 passing for 128 yards and two touchdowns, both of those in the second half for the Stars (0-3, 0-1).

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