MARYVILLE (WVLT) - The Battle of Maryville became an all-out war Friday night, and yet again the Maryville Rebels emerged unscathed.
Maryville (5-0) won its 50th consecutive game, 20-19, over rival William Blount on the Governors' field Friday, in what may have been the stiffest test of its three-plus-year reign over Tennessee high school football.
The Governors (4-1), who have not beaten Maryville since 1999, scored what looked to be the game-tying touchdown with less than two minutes left in the game. However, a missed extra point left them inches from tying the contest.
Maryville ran out the clock, fortunate to add the victory to their long list of conquests.
William Blount led 6-3 after a first half which showcased both teams' staunch defenses. But a flourish of big plays in the second half led to a topsy-turvy finish. Late in the fourth quarter, the Govs got deep into Rebel territory thanks to a long run, and Darrin Garner finished the drive with a scamper around the end and across the goal line. That led to the missed extra point, and the narrow Maryville escape.
Things don't get any easier for William Blount. Next Friday the Govs host Farragut (4-1), who will be looking to rebound from an upset loss to McMinn County, 24-21, in its last game.
Maryville will look to continue its streak when it hosts Central Friday. The Bobcats made a tradition out of finishing second in the region to Maryville until last year; this season, second place would be very welcome in Fountain City.
OTHER AREA SCORES:
Catholic 34, Baylor 16
Bearden 42, Halls 10
Austin-East 21, Brainerd 14
Campbell County 27, Heritage 19
Cherokee 42, Sullivan Central 14
Clay County 35, Kings Academy 0
Oak Ridge 35, Clinton 21
Coalfield 35, Grace 34
Chuckey-Doak 27, Cosby 21
Cumberland Gap 36, Claiborne County 35
Rutledge 28, Gatlinburg-Pittman 22
Jefferson County 21, Cocke County 7
Kingston 28, Oliver Springs 6
Carter 20, Karns 7
Fulton 34, Morristown East 0
Webb 42, CAK 14
Oneida 38, McCreary County, KY 12
McMinn Central 28, Notre Dame 21
McMinn County 28, Rhea County 21
Meigs County 29, Tellico Plains 0
Sweetwater 32, Polk County 29
Anderson County 53, Powell 22
Rockwood 39, Harriman 7
Midway 48, Sequatchie County 3
East Ridge 28, Sequoyah 7
Sevier County 35, Seymour 14
Tennessee 16, Science Hill 10
Alcoa 49, Wartburg Central 6