Oakland, Eagleville win big; Siegel falls to 0-4

Centennial’s Cannon Plowman throws a pass while under pressure from Siegel’s Nick Lovvorn. JIM DAVIS

No. 1 Oakland couldn't have envision a better start to its game at No. 9 Germantown on Friday night.

The Patriots forced a three-and-out on Germantown's first offensive series, then snuff out a fake punt and scored on its first play of scrimmage en route to a 35-8 victory.

Oakland went on to lead 28-0 at halftime behind three passing touchdowns from senior quarterback Kody Sparks, and coasted to the easy road victory.

"They fake it and we stopped it," Oakland coach Kevin Creasy said. "I thought it was a gutsy call being at their 15-yard line. I guess they thought they needed to take some chances.

"We scored on the first play, which was nice and scored a couple more quick ones for a comfortable lead, but as comfortable as you would like."

Germantown didn't score until late in the fourth quarter.  

"They scored against our second team," Creasy said. "We gave up a deep ball it was very frustrating after we shut them out the whole game. Our guys wanted a shutout. I thought we did a really good on defense. It was on point and we played really well."

CENTENNIAL 26, SIEGEL 7

Siegel coach Michael Copley needed to look no further than the stat sheet to know why the Stars dropped their fourth straight game to open the season.

"We didn't make it easy on ourselves," Copley said. "Nineteen penalties for 167 yards. That's on me as the head coach. It's not clicking there. We had more penalty yards than we did rushing or passing yards. That's bad football on our part."

Friday's issue have been commonplace for the Start, who continue to hamper themselves with penalties that keep a drive a live, and oftentimes lead to an opponent’s touchdown.

"If you're undisciplined during the week, maybe you revert back to that," Copley said. "I don't know. We're going to keep fighting and pushing. It was some really ugly football on our part. I'm pretty disappointed in that to be honest with you."

Siegel's Julian Walton accounted for the Stars only touchdown on a pass reception from quarterback Tucker Sears, who threw for 140 yards.

Siegel will seek its first win of the season Friday night on homecoming against Coffee County.

EAGLEVILLE 59, PICKETT COUNTY 18

Eagleville showed no ill effects from a long road trip to Pickett County as the Eagles dismantled the hosts 59-19 to improve to 3-1 on the season.

The Eagles used a dominating defense early, which help set up the offense to face off to a 32-0 halftime leaded.

"No. 1, we wanted to play better than we did the prior week (against Forrest)," Eagleville coach Floyd Walker said. "No. 2, we didn't want to have any blown assignments. We wanted to establish ourselves early and we were able to do that.

"Our defensive kids really got after it and got after their quarterback. They like to throw it around, but did a good job putting pressure on the quarterback, and I think we had two sacks and interception the first series. They've got some good athletes, but I though our defense set the tone. They helped the offense."

Offensively, several players had big nights, including quarterback Marcus Collins, who threw for 245 yards on 10 of 11 passing and five touchdowns. Receiver Payton Layne was the recipient of four of the TD passes and had five catches for 185 yards.

Freshman Jackson Zentz led the rushing attack with 92 yards and a touchdown.

"Marcus played well last night," Walker said. "I'm pleased with way this kid is playing. "Jackson is a freshman and that was the first time ever he's played running back. In middle school, he was a center for us. We moved him and he got to carry the football and did a good job finding some creases."

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