Siegel wins Raptor tourney, county battles impressive
By Joe Williams, Sports Writer
Siegel High School from Rutherford County stopped Brentwood 24-14 in the finals of the Ravenwood 7-on-7 passing tournament Saturday, but the battles among four county teams over-shadowed the last game in the first year event.
Centennial and host Ravenwood both placed two teams in the 16-team event, while Brentwood and Page entered a single squad each and it was inevitable that a combination of schools would meet thoughout the six game pool play. But it was in the final single elimination bracket where a preview of the coming prep season was center stage.
Playing without three-year-state Zac Mizell, who was at the Top Gun quarterback camp in Ohio, Page opened with an impressive 29-28 win over Rutherford County power Blackman, then came within a score of beating eventual champion Siegel 27-21 in the quarter-finals.
The quarter-finals also ended the day for Centennial’s Blue Team, made up of expected starters, fell to Beech 24-15. The Cougars were hampered by the loss of senior receiver Bailey Wisniowski, who played in pool competition but tweaked a groin muscle in the last contest, and Emmanuel Hall, who was traveling with family. Centennial was unable to take advantage of the Bucs missing one of the state’s top prospects, Jalen Hurd, who was also traveling.
In the two other quarter-final games, Brentwood sent Murfreesboro Oakland home with a 15-6 loss, while the Ravenwood Red Team, again made up of expected starters, ratcheted up the ante, eliminating former district rival Hillsboro 29-24 with a late game sack and interception.
The highlight of the day was a very spirited battle in the semi-finals, where the Ravenwood Red Team faced off against Brentwood. Bruin quarterback Aaron Maher appeared to be in mid-season form in the see-saw battle, but Ravenwood, under new head coach Will Hester, an assistant at Brentwood last year, refused to give up. A late score gave Brentwood the right to advance 31-28.
The 7-on-7 contest was the last before teams begin to transition to shoulder pads and helmets this week. Next Monday is the first day full pads are allowed.
Posted on: 7/23/2013