The latest edition of one of the greatest football rivalries in Tennessee is likely to be contested without its most high-profile player.
Sources told the Daily Times that Maryville senior running back and Vols pledge Tee Hodge is doubtful for Thursday’s game at Alcoa after suffering an injury last week.
Hodge has been diagnosed with turf toe in his right foot. He exited Friday’s win at Cleveland in the second quarter.
"I don’t know how serious it is," Maryville coach Derek Hunt told the Daily Times following the game. "We’ll find out more later, but he was walking around, so if misses any time at all, it won’t be long. Obviously, our first priority is to take care of Tee."
Hodge has rushed 30 times for 274 yards and three touchdowns in the Rebels’ first three games. He carried nine times for 58 yards and one touchdown before leaving Friday’s game.
Maryville (3-0) is ranked No. 2 in this week’s Associated Press Class 6A poll, and Alcoa (3-0) is ranked No. 1 in Class 3A.
Thursday’s game kicks off at 7 p.m. at Alcoa’s Bill Bailey Stadium. It is the 91st meeting of the Battle of Pistol Creek.
The Rebels lead the all-time series 63-24-3 and had won seven in a row before Alcoa won 34-28 at Maryville last season. The teams have combined to win 33 TSSAA state championships.