Tackles and Catches for Cancer leaves impact in Maryville community

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MARYVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) -- It was another banner year for the Maryville Rebels. They had to new head coach, the won another state title, but the Rebels weren't done making an impact there.

What started as an idea turned into an unforgettable senior season for Christian Markham and Jacob Wall.

"It's been incredible to getting to be a part of this," Wall said. "It's bigger than me, bigger than Christian, I think it's even bigger than the Maryville High School football program."

"It's been a lot of fun first off," Markham added. "It's really meant a lot to us, all the support and love we've got from our family, friends teammates and really the whole community."

The two started Tackles and Catches for Cancer. During the summer, they went around Maryville and asked people to pledge one dollar for every tackle and catch made by them or the spotlight player during the season.

"I don't think I expected it to get as big as fast as it did," Wall said.

At the end of the season, the tackles and catches totaled out to 163. That amount was donated by those who pledged.

"It's been really great to see that number jump and continue to grow. We're hoping to get more, so we can help St. Jude's and help find a cure for cancer," Wall said.

Their goal was $5,000. They raised more than $7,500.

"It was crazy, we went from before the season thinking, 'I hope we get our goal,' to, 'Oh yeah, we're going to kill it,'" Markham said.

In a season where the Rebels won a state championship on the field, it's what these two did off the field that sticks with them the most.

"Definitely the state championship, but I'm really going to remember making a difference, and being able to put other people before myself," Markham said.

Yet another memorable year for the Rebels.

As of Friday, January 12, 2018 they have raised $7,947.

For more information visit their website here.

Here's the story we did back in August on Jacob and Christian before the season started: Rebels make a difference through 'Tackles and Catches for Cancer'