Friday Night Preview: Oak Ridge at Maryville

What: Class 6A semifinal

When: Friday

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Records: Maryville (12-1), Oak Ridge (9-4)

The players: With due acknowledgement to PrepXtra for the handle, Rebel running back Shawn “Premo” is having himself one bang up freshman year. The Maryville burner, a.k.a. Shawn Prevo, torched Bearden for the second time this season last week, running for 180 yards and three touchdowns in a 52-20 blowout of the Bulldogs. He had four scores in top-ranked Maryville’s 34-14 win in Knoxville earlier this season.

Maryville quarterback Patton Robinette added 108 yards rushing and a pair of scores, tacking on 97 yards passing and a third touchdown, in last week’s romp, indicating the Rebels are a decidedly improved team from the one that defeated the Wildcats, 35-14, in Week 5. The Wildcats, though, look as if they’ve improved as well.

How it goes down: Oak Ridge sprung the upset last week in Murfreesboro, knocking off favored Riverdale, 28-21, for its third playoff road win this postseason. Quarterback Bradley Zulliger ran for 105 yards and two touchdowns, connecting with receiver Rian Hall for a third score. Wildcat running Rocky Fludd ran 32 yards for a clinching touchdown with two minutes remaining.

It’s still probably not a good idea to be posting the following on World Wide Web: “Time to give Maryville a good spanking!”

That was one comment at the end of an “Oak Ridger” online story about the Riverdale win. There are others.

Wouldn’t count on the paddling, but this should be a good one as two of the state’s oldest and most storied programs vie for a spot in next week’s BlueCross Bowl at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville. Robinette was 9-of-10 passing with three scores in the previous meeting. Backs Jacob West and Prevo added a rushing score each. And that’s thing about these Rebels. When they get a lead, they’ve become awfully good at exhausting the remaining time with the running game.

Give Maryville a good spanking?

Seriously?

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