Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Records: Maryville (0-1), West (2-0)
Previous meeting: Maryville’s Rebels opened last season’s meeting with a 15-play, eight-minute statement drive and never looked back in rolling to a 38-17 rout of West. Maryville limited West to a field goal through three quarters and yielded only 59 yards of offense to Knoxville’s Rebels at the half.
Last week: While a 35-31 loss to rival to Alcoa stings, the Tornadoes are surely breathing a sigh of relief this week. Junior Vanderbilt Hambrick made a super run to rescue Alcoa with a 34-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-7 with two minutes left. Rebel junior Patton Robinette, on the other hand, carved up the Alcoa secondary on 12-of-18 passing for 237 yards and touchdown throws of 71 and 72 yards to seniors Clarence Langley and Desmond Horne, respectively. Rushing scores from junior Jacob West and freshman Shawn Prevo makes Maryville a threat on the ground as well.
West went up, 21-0, then had to hold off a late charge from Hardin Valley in a 21-14 win. Josh Davenport and Ivan Freeman ran scores of 8 and 17 yards, respectively. West quarterback Christian Francis finished 6-of-16 passing for 154 yards and a 47-yard touchdown throw to Antonio Spinson.
Keep an eye on: Langley and Horne put on vivid display second-ranked Maryville’s ability to strike with the big play last week. You know fellow senior Stian Romberg is going to light somebody up soon. Wait until fellow senior Preston Burnett rocks some team for a pair of 80-yard scores. There are flank-speed receivers all over this Maryville team. Which is why Friday might be a good night to keep a close watch on West, Prevo and senior Robby Pedersen at the backs. This could be a very good Rebel team on the ground. Senior Austin Canfield, when he subs for Robinette, is a kid with a lot of big plays in him.