FRANKLIN—The Centennial Cougars picked up their first win of the year against the Siegel Stars with a 24-7 victory Friday night.
The Cougars offense was balanced with 337 yards (194 pass, 143 rush). Quarterbacks Brendan Jones and Cannon Plowman both threw for a touchdown, and Plowman also had a receiving touchdown. It was the first time this season Centennial scored over 21 points.
Centennial had a rough three-game stretch to start out the season, being outscored 117-31—including a 48-0 loss to Ravenwood.
“It’s a good feeling.” Centennial coach Matt Kriesky said. “You can tell in their eyes at the end of the game that some weight has been lifted off their shoulders.”
Siegel was down 14-0 at halftime, but in the third quarter the Stars defense got two interceptions to put them into Cougars territory. However, Siegel struggles would continue as the Stars failed on numerous occasions to close the gap.
“When you get the ball in the red zone like that you’ve got to make some plays," first-year Siegel coach Adam Renshaw said. "When you’re down that close you’ve got to get it in (the end zone), and it made a huge difference in this ball game.”
Centennial added a field goal to extend their lead to 17-0 early in the fourth quarter and seemingly had the game in control. Then Siegel’s senior wide receiver Kendell Martin scored on a passing touchdown to cut the lead down to 10.
On the next drive for the Cougars, Joshua Forsee put the game away with a 45-yard touchdown run. Forsee was the team’s leading rusher with nine carries for 88 yards a touchdown.
Although his team came up short, Renshaw was proud of how his team kept fighting, especially Martin.
“I thought Kendell (Martin) played really well, but not only Martin, our defense played well enough for us to win," he said. "We just made so many mistakes offensively that we never gave ourselves a real shot.”
Added Kriesky: “We’re a young team and we’re going to make a lot of mistakes. We just have to come back and fight. We must get better at our fundamentals as well."