Maryville rolls past Heritage
By Kelly Franklin | (firstname.lastname@example.org)
What Heritage needed — a flawless performance — was what the state’s top-ranked Maryville squad got, instead. The result was a super-efficient 42-0 Rebel romp over their county rivals.
Other than on two second-half possessions run by the second unit, only the clock stopped the Maryville (6-0, 3-0 Dist. 4-AAA) offense, and after a few early adjustment the Rebel defense had Heritage running up the mountain the rest of the night.
Maryville’s first unit scored on their first five possessions, capped by Shawn Prevo’s 84-yard TD scamper just after the two-minute warning, and called it a night after building a 35-0 halftime lead over the hosting Mountaineers (1-5, 0-3).
“Once I broke through the line, I saw one last defender but then a receiver drove him out of the way, and I knew I was gone, from there,” Prevo said of his longest run from scrimmage this year.
The second defensive unit preserved the shutout with a stellar mercy-rule shortened second half effort, with backup quarterback Tyler Vaught adding the final points on a 36-yard keeper on the Rebel’s first possession of the third period.
“After a big win last week, and being out of school, and playing a big county rival, the coaches worry about all those things,” said Maryville defensive coordinator Jim Gaylor, “but the kids just handled it all really well.”
Statistics were skewed heavily towards the Rebels, who outgained the Mountaineers 409 yards to 62. In their one half of work, John Garrett passed for 77 yards, completing 8-of-10 attempts, and rushed for two scores. Prevo amassed 142 yards and two tallies on just seven carries.
Maryville drove 64 yards in eight plays to open the contest, but the Heritage offense looked set to return the favor by ripping off two quick first downs on its first flurry behind the hard running of Orlando Bledsoe and Brandon Cutler, before fumbling a handoff setting Maryville up for their second score just six plays later.
The Mountaineers once again moved the ball well but failed to convert a fourth-and-one after picking up two more first downs. From that point the Rebel defense stiffened and didn’t allow another first down until just before the third quarter ended.
“They came at us pretty physically up front to start the game,” Gaylor said, “but our press-box coaches gave us good info on how they were blocking and we changed some things up, and our kids did a good job of carrying out the adjustments.”
Gaylor and Rebel head coach George Quarles were both pleased with the flawless execution of both the first and subsequent units, as the team picked up only one penalty in the game and had no turnovers, compared to two giveaways by the Mountaineers.
Defensive end Matt Young had two sacks, a fumble recovery and several pressures, with Dylan Shinsky and Paul Bristol making several key defensive stops keeping the Heritage backs from getting to the corners. Chancellor Coates picked up the second Heritage turnover on a diving interception of quarterback RT Byrd, who finished without a completion in just three attempts.
Young, a 6-foot-2, 205 pound freshman, complimented first his coaches then the second unit that preserved the shutout.
“(Heritage) came out in some different formations than we had prepared for, but coach (Jeremy) Russell talked to us from the press box and moved us around some, and after that we just shut them down.
“It was really great that they kept them scoreless in the second half, that was great,” Young said.
Quarles added, “If you had told me at the beginning of the year that our defense would be playing this well, I’d have called you a liar.
“We were really concerned about them in the preseason, but they’ve really been strong, and helped our offense out so much. They’ve just really executed well, and I was especially pleased that our second unit went out there and kept the shutout,” Quarles said.
Quarles said that the defense will need another big effort next Friday when the Rebels travel to Lenoir City for a key district matchup.
Heritage travels to Farragut searching for its second win under second-year head coach Tim Hammontree.
Maryville 42, Heritage 0
M 14 21 7 0 — 42
H 0 0 0 0 — 0
M 9:02 – John Garrett 2 run (Luke Orren kick)
8 plays, 64 yards, 2:56, 7-0
M 4:00 – Garrett 8 run (Orren kick)
6 plays, 60 yards, 1:48, 14-0
M 9:30 – Cody Carroll 11 pass from Garrett (Orren kick)
6 plays, 67 yards, 1:42, 21-0
M 4:21 – Shawn Prevo 2 run (Orren kick)
7 plays, 47 yards, 2:30, 28-0
M 1:45 – Prevo 84 run (Orren kick)
1 play, 84 yards, 0:16, 35-0
M 7:31 – Tyler Vaught 37 run (Orren kick)
2 plays, 39 yards, 1:19, 42-0
First 17 5
Rush-Yds 31-323 33-62
Passing 86 0
Cmp-Atts-Int 10-13-0 0-3-1
Penalties 1-5 1-5