The Red Raiders returned to the field after a week-long absence to take on the Siegel Stars on Sept. 18. The Red Raiders got to work early as quarterback Connor Shemwell and runningback Marshall Haney carved up the Siegel defense. Haney showed off his receiving acumen throughout the game but was especially effective in the first half where he extended drives with clutch catches and scored a receiving touchdown.
Defensively the team proved effective in stopping Siegel's running option attack. Both lineman and linebackers were quick to key in on the Siegel backfield's plan and stopped many runs before they could get past the line of scrimmage. For the defenses part the Red Raiders only gave up two touchdowns, but those came in short field position situations that were set up by long kickoff returns by Siegel.
The highlight of the defense on Friday however was CJ Anthony. The defensive back was a thorn in the Siegel offense's side and took a deflected pass nearly 60 yards for a pick six in the second quarter. For all intents and purposes that score was the turning point of the game, as Siegel's offense was unable to score quick enough to make up the difference as the Red Raider offense took large chunks off the clock cruising into a 31 to 21 victory over Siegel. The Red Raiders play an away game at Cookeville next week.