Maryville Rebels 20, Maryville Bears 8

The uniforms, right down to the logo on the helmets, are awfully similar.

Maryville’s midget Rebels are almost as balanced as their defending state champion high school counterparts as well. Scoring through the air and on the ground, the Rebels got going with a big second quarter to take a commanding lead en route to a 20-8, National League Super Bowl championship victory Saturday afternoon at Heritage.

Trenton Shular opened the scoring with a 3-yard run, and, with quarterback Logan Winders adding the conversion run, took an early 7-0 lead. Soon after, Rebel back Shawn Prevo, a name to mark down as one to remember, streaked 70 yards to the Bear end zone to up the lead to 14-0, with Winders firing to Braden Strissell for the conversion.

Strissell hooked up with Winders to make the deficit three scores for the Bears before the close of the half. The 30-yard scoring strike left the Bears with a big hole to climb out of in the second half. At least briefly, it looked as if they would do just that.

Will Murrin’s 20-yard touchdown run chipped away at the deficit in the game’s third frame. With Nick Myers conversion kick — a rare thing at the midget level — the Bears had life.

The Rebels, however, stiffened defensively to allow no scoring the rest of the way.

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