Siegel trailed Cookeville by three touchdowns in the fourth quarter Friday night, but the Stars mounted a furious rally that came up just short in a 35-28 home loss.

Quarterback Tucker Sears led the charge for Siegel, throwing for 317 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions on 29 of 41 through the air.

"Sears is special. H will fight with every tooth and toenail he has got," an emotional Siegel coach Michael Copley said. "We are 0-8 but these kids have not quit when a lot of people have quit on them, and for that I am proud. They played with a lot of pride tonight."

Siegel took the opening possession and moved into scoring range. Sears was pinpoint on his passes, completing six on the first drive over 80 yards. However, a 25-yard field goal attempt was blocked. It was one of two blocked field goals for the Cavaliers.

Cookeville took its opening possession and moved down the field on the legs of Rodney Randolph, who carried the ball for times for 23 yards. Stockton Owen finished it off with a 3-yard run and 7-0 lead.

Siegel go on the board on an 8-yard run by Cameron McGuire, and the Stars went for two -- with Sears hitting Ethan Vanhook for a one-point lead.

The first half only featured one punt and that was by the Stars. Cookeville scored two more times on 6-yard run by Owen and a 5-yard run by Randolph. The duo combined for 218 of Cookeville's 284 total yards in the game on 25 carries.

After that, Sears threw the first of his three touchdowns in the second half from 14 yards out. Cookeville answered, however, to take a 28-14 lead.  

Cookeville would round out its scoring on a 5-yard run by Owen to make it 35-14.

Sears still had time on the clock and put it to good use, hooking up with McGuire on a 28-yard pass play. He threw another to round out the scoring.

Noah Harvel and Vanhook led the Stars with seven catches each. McGuire had five catches.

Siegel plays at Blackman this week.

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