Football Preview: Maryville at McMinn County

When: Friday

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Records: Maryville (1-1), McMinn County (1-1)

Previous meeting: The Rebels pounded the Cherokees, in convincing fashion, 49-6, last season at Shields Stadium. Maryville touched McMinn County for scores on four of its first five possessions. The Rebels put a whopping 410 yards of offense in the Cherokees, equal parts rushing and passing.

Last week: With junior quarterback Patton Robinette rushing for two scores, backs Shawn Prevo and Robby Pederson both adding additional touchdown runs, the Rebels beat the socks off West, 35-6, in a District 4AAA opener in Knoxville. Mr. MHS, senior Stian Romberg, connected on a second-quarter, 43-yard, flea-flicker pass to fellow senior Clarence Langley that was a total crackup in terms of how open Langley was. The Cherokees fell, 13-9, to McCallie last week. McMinn County led, 9-6, with a little over two minutes left. Senior quarterback Drew Masingale was most of the Cherokees’ offense, rushing for 60 yards on 18 carries.

Keep an eye on: Jared Miller is really playing some ball this season at one of the ends on defense. At the other end, junior Joseph Watson, a converted center, is one of the most underrated players in the county. He’s just fun to watch. Maryville coach George Quarles has been bringing Robinette along slowly in his first year as the Rebel starter, but trust us: the kid’s arm is major. The Rebels are getting some excellent offensive line play this season. Check out the arms on junior Jay Guillermo. Man! Senior Dalton Graumann wowed us during spring practice at one of the receivers. Junior defensive back Dalton Curtis has a pair of interceptions on the season already. Is Lee Bristol’s school record for picks in danger?

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