Ensworth and Maryville, two of the state’s strongest football programs, will scrimmage on Aug. 9 at Tennessee Tech.
The Tigers have won the past three Division II-AA titles, and the Rebels have won a record 13 state championships.
A time hasn’t been set.
“We just use our scrimmages as learning opportunities, but it certainly makes it more fun to scrimmage teams that you know are extremely well-coached and have a tradition of excellence as (Maryville) does,” Ensworth coach Ricky Bowers said. “The consistency of Maryville’s coaching staff is helpful to them. That’s probably the main thing. They have a bunch of good kids.”
Ensworth’s major-college prospects include safety Donovan Sheffield (Vanderbilt commitment for 2015), defensive back Rico McGraw and defensive tackle Michael Sawyers. who committed to Vanderbilt on Wednesday.
Maryville’s top prospect is defensive end Dylan Jackson (6-6, 235), who has an offer from Vanderbilt. Tennessee and Clemson also are recruiting him.
Rebels running back Shawn Prevo returns after rushing for 4,000 yards the past three seasons.
“Especially in the preseason, you want to play against good competition to kind of see where you are and see where you stack up against certainly one of the best teams in the state, if not the South,” Maryville coach George Quarles said. “So going up against Ensworth is going to answer some of those questions. We’re going to find out what deficiencies we might have and what areas we need to improve on.
“We’ve talked in the past about possibly playing a game, but we’re not to the point yet where we need to travel that far to get a game. But who knows someday we might. A scrimmage is the next-best thing. We’re excited about it.”