MARYVILLE, Tenn. – Maryville High School’s football team showed Friday night that it is healthy and primed for another state championship run. That doesn’t bode well for the other three semifinalists in Class 6A.
The Rebels made easy work of quarterfinal foe Blackman (Murfreesboro), pulling away early and cruising to a 48-28 victory.
The Rebels (13-0) travel to play No. 24 Oakland, a 49-7 winner over Hardin Valley, in Murfreesboro next Friday.
The victory marked two milestones:
- The win was No. 250 for Maryville coach George Quarles, who only has 15 losses. “We’ve had a bunch of great kids, great teams, and a lot of good coaches that have been here,” Quarles said. “I was at the right place at the right time.”
- The team’s seniors never lost a home game on Jim Renfro Field. “That’s crazy, I don’t I think can grasp it,” said senior linebacker T.D. Blackmon. “We’re high on this big victory. We’ve just got to finish it out.”
That led to this scene as captured by Victor Lee from the Knoxville News-Sentinel and posted on Twitter.
Not ready just yet to depart the stadium where they never lost, the seniors spent some time together in the stands, still in uniform, about 40 minutes after the game. Sharing the experience will make a lifetime of memories.
Contributing: Victor Lee, Knoxville News-Sentinel