MURFREESBORO — The Franklin Rebels took care of business to open the 2019 season with a valiant defensive effort against the Siegel Stars. Guy Lipscomb scored three touchdowns to lead the Rebels to a 34-15 road win. 

“I am proud for our kids because it is important to get the first (win) out of the way,” Franklin coach Donnie Webb said. “I thought we played sloppy at times but hopefully we seek to improve into Week 2.”

“We just shot ourselves in the foot all night,” Siegel coach Michael Copley. “You cannot beat anyone giving up 17 points in the first quarter.”

Franklin wasted no time getting on the board with a defensive strip and Wyatt Harnage scoop-and-score in the first 60 seconds of play. The Rebels tipped a punt later in the first that set up a four-play drive capped with a Lipscomb touchdown run.

“I was impressed with the defensive effort in the first half,” Webb added. “If we can get some consistency on that end I will be very pleased moving forward.”

Siegel committed another turnover later in the quarter that turned in to an Ian Burr 25-yard field goal to push a 17-0 lead.

“The defense set up for the offense to succeed,” Lipscomb said. “Getting the first touchdown removed the butterflies and we settled in and got behind our offensive line.”

Siegel answered with a Patrick Boykins 10-yard touchdown run on the first play of the second quarter. Boykins carried the Stars offense with 30 yards on three carries.

Lipscomb scored his second touchdown from 21 yards out on the opening drive of the second half. Junior Grayson Bruce marched down the field for the Rebels to get within range for a Burr 31-yard field goal to open a 27-7 lead after three quarters. Bruce finished with 103 rushing yards on 17 attempts.

Lipscomb concluded his scoring night with his third touchdown on a 7-yard keeper. The senior finished with 126 total yards.

“All the credit goes to the line for making big holes to run through,” Lipscomb added. “It has been four years since we won the first game of the season and there will be a lot to look forward to after securing the first (win).”

Siegel found the end zone again on a Tucker Sears fourth down completion to Cam McGuire -- the only bright spot to a rather abysmal night offensively. The Rebels forced three turnovers, including Reed Kemp’s fourth quarter interception, blocked punt, and allowed just 241 yards of offense.

“We fumbled the football, gave a good team, good field position,” Copley said. “If there is any plus-side, our kids fought regardless and hopefully we can learn a lot from tonight.”

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