Football spirit

Pep Rally on the Patio draws fans to support their teams

Celebrating earlier this season at the Blount Today Sports Radio Pep Rally on the Patio at Courtyard Grille are Tornado standouts Stanley Johnson, Darrell Warren, Jonivan Henry and Colby Tate.

Photo by Leslie Karnowski

Celebrating earlier this season at the Blount Today Sports Radio Pep Rally on the Patio at Courtyard Grille are Tornado standouts Stanley Johnson, Darrell Warren, Jonivan Henry and Colby Tate.

Tornado head coach Gary Rankin and his son Zeke stopped by the Blount Today Sports Radio Pep Rally on the Patio at Courtyard Grille.

Photo by Leslie Karnowski

Tornado head coach Gary Rankin and his son Zeke stopped by the Blount Today Sports Radio Pep Rally on the Patio at Courtyard Grille.

The Blount Today Sports Radio Pep Rally on the Patio events in October and November drew the community out to support all four high school teams at different venues and for different games. Two recent pep rallies brought the Maryville Rebels to Aubreys and the Alcoa Tornadoes to Courtyard Grille.

The pep rallies were broadcast on Knoxivi.com in a live webcast with Blount Today Sports Radio broadcast team of Marty Millsaps and Joe Lambert providing the commentary. Millsaps and Lambert broadcast every Friday night during the football season on WLHR 97.9 FM radio and join Blount Today publisher Sherri Gardner Howell and editor Lance Coleman every Thursday during the season on Knox ivi for Blount Today News and Sports.

At the pep rallies, Millsaps and Lambert interviewed guests, chatted with coaches and brought the bands and cheerleaders to the broadcasts to celebrate upcoming games.

“The Maryville pep rally went well,” said Millsaps. “There were a lot of alumni on hand to share the evening with the football players, and everyone caught a little Rebel spirit with the interviews with coach George Quarles, quarterback Patton Robinette and the cheerleading squad.”

Aubreys provided a special Pep Rally boxed dinner for the attendees with barbecue, fries and a drink for $5.

Courtyard Grille hosted the Pep Rally on the Patio for Alcoa High School inside in their spacious party room.

“This one really rocked,” said Millsaps. “They had the entire football team out - all 87 members - plus the entire coaching staff and cheerleaders. Alcoa brought a total of 150 to the pep rally, and it was a great Pep Rally on the Patio. It turned into quite a community event for Alcoa.”

Millsaps, who does game time play-by-play alongside Lambert, who provides color commentary, said the Pep Rally on the Porch events were a great opportunity to meet folks in the community as they came out to support the teams.

“The turnouts were incredible for all four of the Pep Rally on the Patio nights, and we look forward to doing them next year,” Millsaps said. “We’ve already got restaurants interested in hosting next year.”

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