Knoxville, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Maryville High School football team has finished No. 28 nationally for the 2013 season. The announcement was made by MaxPreps, a California-based company that ranks more than 16,000 high school varsity football teams.
Maryville capped a perfect 15-0 season with a 44-7 drubbing of Hendersonville on Dec. 7, 2013, to capture the Tennessee Secondary Sports Athletic Association 6A championship. It was the Rebels' 14th state title, the most of any Tennessee high school. Maryville is one of 50 schools being honored on the ninth annual MaxPreps Tour of Champions presented by the Army National Guard. The school has become the 14th to be honored at least three times on the football Tour of Champions. The Rebels were ranked No. 51 in 2010 and No. 11 in 2011 when they were selected for the Tour.
"In partnership with the Army National Guard, MaxPreps is delighted to honor Maryville as one of fifty schools on the 2013 Football Tour of Champions," said Andy Beal, Founder and President. "We're proud to include Maryville into this elite group of teams in the country."
"This award means that you've had an unbelievable year. This is one of the highest honors for a football team and it's about as good as it gets," said Maryville athletic director and head football coach George Quarles, who completed his 15th season.
Senior signal-caller John Garrett orchestrated the Rebels offense by completing 150-of-200 pass attempts for 2,526 yards and 31 touchdowns while throwing only one interception. He also rushed for 1,006 yards and 13 TDs. Senior Shawn Prevo was the team's leading ground-gainer churning up 1,337 yards and 22 TDs while catching 22 passes for 33 yards and a score. Senior Cody Carroll made 41 pass receptions for 882 yards and a dozen TDs while junior Jaylen Burgess contributed 795 yards to the ground game and scored 11 TDs. He also hauled in 11 passes for 207 yards and a pair of TDs.
Maryville, which enjoyed its first unbeaten season since 2011, also featured a staunt defense led by freshman linebacker T.D. Blackmon, who topped the unit with 120 tackles, including five for losses. Junior end Dylan Jackson contributed 81 tackles (eight tackles for loss), had a pair of quarterback sacks and intercepted a pass. Junior linebacker Dylan Shinsky recorded 105 stops (six TFL), had one sack and picked off a pair of passes. The defense allowed just 132 points (8.8 points per game) all season.
Tennessee Army National Guard Sergeant First Class Malcom Campbell presented Coach Quarles and the team with the Army National Guard national ranking trophy Friday night between girls and boys basketball games. The team also received a banner for their accomplishment.
"For over 375 years, the men and women of the National Guard have come to the aid of their neighbors during times of need," said Major Mark Burns. "As Citizen-Soldiers who serve part-time, we live and serve in more than 3,500 communities throughout the country. It is our privilege to honor and recognize nationally ranked football teams with the Army National Guard national ranking trophy which includes the Minuteman statue, a symbol of the National Guard."
MaxPreps uses a sophisticated computer program, known as the Freeman Rankings, to determine team rank for the Tour of Champions. The system utilizes the huge number of game results stored in the MaxPreps database. Generally, the more a team wins the higher the ranking, but the system takes into account quality wins (against other highly ranked opponents), margin of victory, and strength of schedule. Playoff games are weighted 2.1 times a regular season game.