Centennial traveled to Murfreesboro Friday night to face Siegel and their former defensive coordinator, Michael Copley, and the Cougars made quick work of the Stars with a 26-7 win.
Centennial (2-2) didn't score until early in the second quarter when Antonio Forrest punched it in from the 1-yard line, but the Cougars controlled the first half against the winless Stars (0-4).
Forrest, a senior running back, had only 12 yards on the night but twice scored from the goal line. The other two Centennial touchdowns came through the air when senior quarterback Grayson Marcell found fellow senior Kevin Townsel. The duo connected for 119 total yards.
“A lot of people do not realize how important this game was for us,” Marcel said after the win. “We really needed to get back to even. The difference this week was the seniors really had to step up, and they did.”
Siegel's only score came late in the third quarter when a Tucker Seals' 14-yard pass connected with running back Julian Walton.
Centennial head coach Matt Kriesky was pleased overall, but saw room for more improvement.
“It was really great to see the kids fight the whole time and not give up," he said. "The only thing we need to fix is the unsportsmanlike penalties. We clean those up we will be in good shape for next week.”
The loss was tough for Siegel head coach Mike Copley and assistant BJ Oliver. It was only four years ago when Copley was leading Centennial’s defense to their first state semifinal playoff game, with Oliver also on the staff. Friday was the first time either coach has faced the Cougars since leaving the Williamson County program.
“You know, it’s hard to lose to the guys that you coached with for four years, but I was glad to see them,” Copley said.
Oliver, on the other hand, was more direct, though smiling.
“It was nice to see everyone, but I really wanted to beat Kriesky,” he said.
The Cougars are on the road again next week as they take on region rival Dickson County.