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Maryville finishes year ranked No. 15 nationally

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Maryville Rebels have won nine state championships since 2000.

The 2011 team may have been the best yet.

RivalsHigh.com seems to think so.

The popular high school football website recently released its RivalsHigh 100, where Maryville received a national ranking of 15.

About the Rebels, Rivals wrote: "One of the best Maryville teams in the last decade used a dominating performance through the playoffs to put a stamp on the season."

Maryville capped off a 15-0 season and won its second straight class 6A championship, beating Whitehaven 23-7 earlier this month.

Dallas Jackson, senior analyst for RivalsHigh.com, said the quality of Tennessee's high school football was better, which helped the Rebel cause in the final poll.

Jackson also said this year's Maryville squad was more balanced then in year's past.

"It was really a complete team, and a different team," Jackson said Friday afternoon.

"Being able to throw the ball as well as run the ball, and being just so physically daunting on defense. It was really just the complete package and one that we really don't see in Tennessee that often."

Jackson also singled out Maryville quarterback Patton Robinette in factoring in the Rebels' ranking. Jackson called the North Carolina bound Patton Robinette a "game changer," not a game manager.

"With a guy like Robinette, (he) brings them to another level. I think that difference on the football field having a legitimate Division I quarterback makes a huge difference on the overall quality of the team."

Jackson said it is rare for a team from Tennessee to end up on the top 25. Ensworth, a private school located in Nashville, was the only other Tennessee school in the rankings. The Tigers were ranked 39th.

Trinity High School in Louisville, KY finished the year number one.

To view the complete Rivals 100, click on the link toward the bottom of the page.

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