To have and have not: Garrett & Co. lead Rebels over Alcoa
By John Brice | (email@example.com)
The undercard was better.
The heavyweight bout, despite multiple pre-game antagonisms from the host school and a pep rally at Maryville that, in a hint of foreshadowing, featured a coffin, never materialized.
Maryville raced to a three touchdown halftime lead, saw its defense prevent host Alcoa from even crossing midfield until several minutes into the second quarter and never looked back in keeping alive a regular-season winning streak that dates to the 2010 Alcoa contest with a 31-2 triumph.
Alcoa Middle won the opener, 30-22.
The Rebels (2-0) never allowed the Tornadoes (1-1) to score an offensive point and only once did Alcoa get into the red zone. The Tornadoes managed just one first-quarter first down despite owning the ball more than six minutes and had just three second-half first downs.
“It means a lot,” Rebel quarterback John Garrett, MVP in the Great American Rivalry contest, said. “It’s the biggest rival we have, and to put it on them 31-2, that means a lot. Especially being a senior.”
Maryville struck less than a minute into the contest when Garrett connected with a streaking Cody Carroll for a 41-yard salvo. Turns out, the Rebels never needed another score in rolling the host Tornadoes and helping their head coach improve to an eye-gouging 195-14.
Senior tailback Shawn Prevo scored one of Maryville’s four touchdowns and led all players with 95 rushing yards.
“I wanted it a whole bunch, probably more than anybody out here,” said Prevo, donning ‘Speed Kills’ socks. “We got here, our defense proved to be unstoppable and offense, do what we do usually. We came and pitched a shutout, practically.
“That was huge (the fast start), we got momentum rolling and I think we made ‘em quit early, made ‘em want to quit early. We got that momentum going at halftime, they came out, we stopped ‘em and we capitalized off that.”
Added Rebels defensive coordinator Jimmy Gaylor, “I’m excited the way we played. We challenged them all week, and we practiced great all week. I felt really good about the plan we had, and our kids just executed wonderfully. Played well and gang-tackled. A lot of times, four or five guys were hitting them. Our young freshman linebacker is going to be sore tomorrow, but we only gave up one big play. Stopped on the goal-line, and we’ve been working on that.”
Less than five minutes into the game, the Rebels doubled their lead after the defense set the tone with a three-and-out. Getting a big run from Jalyn Burgess and a costly defensive pass interference penalty, Maryville saw Garrett scamper virtually untouched through the heart of the Alcoa defense for a 14-0 lead.
“That’s not what they wanted to do, and it couldn’t have gone any better for us. We added a few things this week that they hadn’t seen,” Quarles said. “John did a good job running things, and we blocked pretty well. Braylon Young, we didn’t block him much, but he’s really talented. But we broke tackles; I thought Prevo was really hard to tackle, and I thought John was hard to tackle. I thought another big play was dumping it there to Kelby Brock; great job reading it by John and Kelby finishing the play.”
The Rebels nearly brought an effective end to the contest in the early moments of the second quarter. Garrett found a wide-open Brock from 33 yards out for a 21-0 lead. The ruthlessly efficient drive covered 90 yards on nine plays and lapsed a scant 2:20 off the clock.
Alcoa tried to strike just before half, but the Tornadoes had quarterback Peyton Wall dropped for a 4-yard loss on second down and then fumbled away possession on third down.
Prevo’s 1-yard score followed Maryville’s three first-half strikes and kicker Luke Orren, perfect on nine PATs this season, drilled a 32-yard field goal for the Rebels’ final points.
“It’s great. We came out and hit them in the mouth before they could hit us,” Maryville junior defensive lineman Dylan Jackson said. “They’re obviously a really good team, well-coached, so we’re glad we got out here and hit them first.
“I love it, I love helping these seniors. They’re like brothers to me. Anything I can do to help them, it’s great.”
Maryville 31, Alcoa 2
M 14 7 7 3 — 31
A 0 0 0 2 — 2
M 11:04 — Cody Carroll 41 pass from John Garrett (Luke Orren kick)
3 plays, 68 yards, 0:52, 7-0
M 7:16 — John Garrett 7 run (Orren kick)
7 plays, 73 yards, 2:14, 14-0
M 9:40 — Kelby Brock 33 pass from John Garrett (Orren kick)
9 plays, 90 yards, 2:20, 21-0
M 10:49 —Shawn Prevo 1 run (Orren kick)
4 plays, 55 yards, 0:49, 28-0
M 4:11 — Orren 32 field goal
4 plays, 5 yards, 1:13, 31-0
A 8:08 — Alcoa team safety, 31-2
First Downs 16 9
Rushes-Yds 45-228 37-69
Passing 129 82
Cmp-Atts-Int 4-10-1 9-17-1
Penalties 4-30 7-40