The Red Raiders returned to the field on Sept. 18 as the Siegel Stars traveled to Coffee County. The Red Raiders were coming off of a tough loss to the Blackman Blaze two weeks prior and were coming off a bye week. The Red Raiders did not waste any time scoring in the first quarter as Conner Shemwell and Marshall Haney went to work on the Siegel defense. The pair were responsible for an 80-yard opening drive that ate seven minutes of time off the clock that was punctuated by a 16-yard score by Haney. The defense matched the intensity of the offense as the Red Raider defense had no trouble sniffing out the option plays that Siegel ran. Time and time again the Siegel backfield was filled with red jerseys as the team would either meet the Siegel running attack at the line of scrimmage or stop them before the offense was able to get there. This put Siegel in an uphill battle early as the Red Raiders weren’t showed no signs of slowing down in the first half.
Shemwell continued to be in top form for Coffee County as he extended drives with pinpoint passes to multiple Red Raider offensive players. Haney made himself known in this passing attack as well as he caught two passes for 32-yards though he was unable to find the end zone again. Tight end Zach Galy made his presence known as he caught his first three passes of the season including a 15-yard touchdown reception.
The scoring frenzy was capped off in the first half with a pick six by CJ Anthony. Siegel had been beleaguered all night by the Red Raider defense and in an effort to alleviate some of the pressure off of the backfield the team attempted to do a short out pass. The pass went off of the receiver’s hands and Anthony quickly grabbed it out of the air for a long defensive touchdown putting the Raiders up 21 to 0.
The Red Raiders had all of the momentum as Anthony’s pick six appeared to have put the game out of reach. To Siegel’s credit the team didn’t seem shaken by the cavalcade of points as the team kept to the game plan they had set out to do coming into matchup, running the option. Siegel was able to find some offensive rhythm after Anthony’s pick six as the team was able to find the end zone before the half ended.
The Red Raiders quickly capitalized on the first half momentum as Shemwell and crew once again set about dismantling the Star’s defense on route to another touchdown to make it a three score game once again. The Red Raider defense continued their display in the second half, but found some trouble when fortuitous field position put the Star’s offense into positive yardage. This lead to Siegel scoring one more offensive touchdown for the game.
The Red Raiders were able to put the game out of reach for the Stars with a long march down the field resulting in a field goal to put the score at 31 to 14. Siegel continued to be on the receiving end of special teams boons in the second half as the team took the kickoff back for a touchdown shortening the lead to 10. The Red Raiders defense quickly dashed any hopes of a Siegel comeback as the squad forced a turnover on downs ending the game with a 31 to 21 victory. The Red Raiders travel to Cookeville on Sept. 25.