It was the shootout many expected.
And then some.
Fourth-ranked Siegel punched the throttle and rolled to a 49-28 upset win over second-ranked Riverdale on Friday night in front of an estimated crowd of 6,000 at Siegel High. Siegel (5-0, 2-0 7-AAA) recorded its best start in school history with the victory, beating the Warriors (3-1, 1-1) for the second time in school history.
"This is big," said Siegel third-year coach Greg Wyant, who was part of four state championships as an assistant at Riverdale. "I'm not going to deny it."
The two Murfreesboro schools combined for 1,052 total yards.
"You hope you don't get that," Riverdale coach Ron Aydelott said. "That puts a lot of pressure on your offense. They play wide open. I was hoping we could slow them down and it would be a game in the 20s like it was last year.
"It got going in a hurry."
Siegel's Brent Stockstill had a huge night, completing 14 of 19 passes for 267 yards and four first-half touchdown passes. He rushed for a 50-yard TD and had 126 yards on 16 carries.
"We came out here and made a few big plays, and they did also," Stockstill said. "They fought back and hit some big plays."
But Riverdale was just as explosive on offense. Riverdale quarterback Dillon Woodruff finished the game with 289 yards on 23-of-34 passing and also had 105 yards on 16 carries.
Stockstill hit Dominique Gooch for a 14-yard TD pass with 9:27 left in the first quarter to open the game.
"If Brent Stockstill isn't the best quarterback in the state of Tennessee, I want to see one that is better," Wyant said. "I'm glad he's on my team. He's a heck of a player."