Friday Night Preview: Maryville at Bearden

When: Thursday

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Records: Maryville (4-1, 2-0), Bearden (5-0, 2-0)

Television: MyVLT2 (Charter channel 15)

Previous meeting: Bearden super back Devrin Young didn’t have much of a game in this one last year, the then top-ranked Rebels routing the second-ranked Bulldogs, 35-0, at Shields Stadium. Maryville rushed for over 200 yards. Young finished with 49 against the Rebels and played only a series in the second half because of a hip injury.

Last week: Junior Patton Robinette had his best game to date as the Rebel starter at quarterback, completing nine of his 10 passes for 104 yards with touchdown passes to Stian Romberg (1) and Preston Burnett (2). Worrisome for the Rebels is an Oak Ridge ground game that finished with over 200 yards as a team. Bearden, off last week to prepare, no doubt saw that.

Keep an eye on: Everybody’s going to see Young. You don’t think Maryville backs Jacob West, Shawn Prevo, Robby Pederson and “J.D.” – junior John DeMarcus — will take that kind of thing personally, do you? The No. 2-ranked team in the state (Maryville) vs. the No. 4 (Bearden) doesn’t need a whole lot more to get worked up about. The Bulldogs don’t throw much, but that doesn’t mean they can’t. If it becomes a battle in the skies, though, bet the Rebels. Placekicker Zach Sharp is always a threat to add points, but his duties kicking off may matter more in this one. Same goes for punter Greg Colquitt if Maryville struggles moving the ball. Young is killing teams returning kicks. Sharp has proven a veritable touchback machine on kickoffs following Rebel scores. One of Colquitt’s greatest strengths is placement. Out of bounds when Maryville has to punt would be a great place.

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