Bearing it all: Maryville makes quick work of No. 5 Sevier County
By Collin Brooks | (email@example.com)
SEVIERVILLE — Top-ranked Maryville turned another marquee matchup into an early exit Friday, taking a 55-6 road win over No. 5 Sevier County.
“I thought we played really well,” Maryville coach George Quarles told the Daily Times. “We were sharp on both sides. I don’t think there will be many times where Sevier County scores six points or less. I was really proud of our defense.”
The defense of the Rebels showed up in force, allowing only 177 yards. Ethan Dudley and Dylan Shinsky capped the stop group combing for a pair of interceptions.
Maryville never punted while amassing 576 yards — 396 on the ground.
John Garrett found senior wideout Cody Carroll for a 36-yard touchdown pass just three minutes into the night. Garrett finished 9-of-12 for 253 yards and two touchdowns.
The Garrett-Carroll connection wasn’t done. The signal-caller found long time childhood teammate Caroll for a 28-yard play action pass for the only pass attempt of the second drive. Shawn Prevo did the honors on drive No. 3 after a 30 yard handoff. Prevo finished the game with 136 yards rushing on 10 carries and two touchdowns.
“The help of my offensive line it made it a lot easier,” Prevo said. “They opened up a lot of holes.”
“It was good to see him get going a little bit. Shawn’s a really talented guy, he hadn’t broken loose until tonight,” Quarles added.
Luke Manning found Devante Matthews for a 27-yard conversion on fourth-and-seven that put Sevier County on the one. Zach Sauls found the end zone but kicker Paul Butuza missed the extra point, leaving it 28-6 with 4:23 left before halftime.
The Rebels answered under two minutes later when running back Jaylen Burgess finished off a drive that consisted of four straight running plays with an 11-yard touchdown. Luke Orren gave the Rebels the first of his two field goals, connecting from 30 yards to sen the Rebels to break with a 38-6 lead.
The Rebels (5-0) didn’t let up in the second half, scoring on the first drive when Prevo found the end zone for his final touchdown to initiate the mercy rule and allowing the clock to run continuously.
Using the bench heavily in the second, sophomore running back Jaylen Nickerson took the ball up the middle for a 66 yard score and the final margin.
The victory marked the fifth straight over an undefeated opponent and fourth against a team ranked in the state’s AP poll.
“We just really wanted to win this game,” he said. “This meant a whole lot. They thought they were going to win by scoring more points. The defense came in and held them and the offense did what we do best: score points.”
Maryville travels to Heritage next week in a 4-AAA contest while Sevier County takes on Cherokee in 2-AAA play.
No. 1 Maryville 55, No. 5 Sevier County 6
M 21 17 7 10 — 55
SC 0 6 0 0 — 6
M 8:55 – Cody Carroll 36 pass from John Garrett (Luke Orren kick)
8 plays, 80 yards, 3:05, 7-0
M 4:17 – Carroll 28 pass from Garrett (Orren kick)
7 plays, 80 yards, 2:48, 14-0
M 1:01 – Shawn Prevo 30 run (Orren kick)
5 plays, 72 yards, 2:04, 21-0
M 8:33 – Garrett 20 run (Orren kick)
6 plays, 66 yards, 2:55, 28-0
SC 4:23 – Zach Sauls 1 run (Paul Butuza kick blocked)
13 plays, 78 yards, 4:04, 28-6
M 2:26 – Jaylen Burgess 28 run (Orren kick)
4 plays, 80 yards, 1:57, 35-6
M 0:00 – Orren 33 field goal
9 plays, 63 yards, 1:09, 38-6
M 6:45 – Prevo 1 run (Orren kick)
8 plays, 41 yards, 3:35, 45-6
M 5:40 – Orren 28 field goal
8 plays, 55 yards, 7:46, 48-6
M 1:23 – Jaylen Nickerson 66 run (Orren kick)
3 plays, 77 yards, 2:03, 55-6
First Downs 23 11
Rushes-Yds 43-396 17-21
Passing 180 156
Cmp-Atts-Int 10-14-0 22-38-2
Penalties 8-81 3-25