Siegel looks to make the most out of its situation after coming off a tough 2019 season that resulted in one win and their head coach's (Michael Copley's) resignation in early November.
The Stars were quick to name Adam Renshaw the new head coach in January, and he over 20 years of coaching experience with him.
“There has been no year like 2020,” Renshaw said of the difficulties of a shortened offseason. “Good coaches will just try and make things simple and focus on the fundamentals. We have a long way to go as football players, but we need to do the simple things correctly, develop a good relationship with our players, and then we can establish a winning culture.”
Renshaw’s last head coaching job spanned nine seasons with Dyer County from 2003-2011 before accepting an assistant's positions at Cleveland High from 2012-2019.
“I see a lot of hunger out of this team because we are excited to be back on the field,” Renshaw adds. “We have so many young players that are enthusiastic and wanting to learn against the short time frame we have had together.”
The Stars return four starters from last season on offense and none will be bigger at setting the foundation for new the new head coach than the two senior tackles Karter Johnson and Wes Spann.
“I expected tremendous things from both of them, but I love the leadership they bring to practice,” Renshaw says. “Spann will see both sides of the football and I am excited about what he can do.”
Senior Jack Nedrow has earned the starting quarterback position with big shoes to fill. Luckily for the Stars, Nedrow has the arm to compensate for the athleticism they have at the skill positions.
An all senior laden group is led by Noah Harvel, who returns with the most snaps from 2019. Harvel is described as a knowledgeable route runner with good speed and hands.
Fellow seniors Vonterius Reed and Kendell Martin will play vital roles at wideout by contributing great size. Dylan Taylor is a speed slot receiver that Renshaw is excited with his practices in the late fall practice.
“Everyone has the ability to make a big impact early,” Renshaw said. “When Nedrow has a strong arm and having kids that can go out and make plays, I believe we can spread the ball around well.”
Siegel will implement a running back by committee, led by junior Rodney Randolph. He received touches in 2019 and provided some athleticism and strength at the position. Senior track runner Maxwell Wynne adds speed to the backfield.
The defensive line should be the Stars' biggest strength in stopping the run with senior Jalen Moody, who is known for his strength and aggressive playing style. Senior Wes Spann will play both sides of the ball along with a trio of juniors that will receive some snaps — Connor Milhorn, Shannon Lovvorn and Cooper Morrow.
Junior Braden Kaiser will be a pleasant returning piece from 2019’s defense. He is a heady player with length and athletic ability. Senior Austin Watson has caught the new coaches' eye after great showings in practice.
“Kaiser got a lot of playing time as a sophomore and I love what I see out of him,” Renshaw said. “(Watson) brings it to the field everyday, and I am excited about what he will bring on game day.”
For what the Stars lack in game experience, their secondary makes up for in athleticism. Senior Derrick Clark and junior Blake Crane will be start at cornerback. The remaining backfield will receive many looks and possible combinations in the early going.
Seniors Kendell Martin and Vonterius Reed will be two-way players in the secondary. Junior Tracy Shaw adds depth at the cornerback position, while fellow juniors Maddox Purvis and Najai Watson will man the safeties.
“Derrick Clark will be a long body at cornerback and has great speed,” adds Renshaw. “Maddox Purvis will be a big contributor at safety that we will need to make plays early on.”
QB: Jack Nedrow, Sr.
RB: Rodney Randolph, Jr.; Maxwell Wynne, Sr.
WR: Chance Roberts, Sr.; Noah Harvel, Sr.; Vonterius Reed, Sr.; Kendell Martin, Sr.; Dylan Taylor, Sr.
OL: Karter Johnson, Sr.; Cooper Morrow, Jr.; Jacob Cauthron, Jr.; Eli Argo, Sr.; Wes Spann, Sr.
DL: Jalen Moody, Sr.; Connor Milhorn, Jr.; Wes Spann, Sr.; Shannon Lovvorn, Jr.; Cooper Morrow, Jr.
LB: Braden Kaiser, Jr.; Benjamin Painter, Sr.; Cory Sims, Soph.; Austin Watson, Sr.; Rodney Randolph, Jr.
DB: Derrick Clark, Sr.; Blake Crane, Jr.; Tracy Shaw, Jr.; Kendell Martin, Sr.; Vonterius Reed, Sr.; Maddox Purvis, Jr.; Najai Watson, Jr.
K/P: Drew Sledge, Sr.
8/21: at Franklin
9/11: at Centennial
9/18: at Coffee County
9/25: Warren County
10/2: at Riverdale
10/16: at Cookeville