MARYVILLE, Tenn., Jan. 13, 2012 -- The Maryville High School football team has finished number 11 nationally for the 2011 season. The announcement was made by MaxPreps, a California-based company that ranks more than 16,000 high school varsity football teams.
Maryville (15-0), whose last loss was to Alcoa on August 26, 2009, has now won 29 consecutive games and captured its second straight Class 6A championship with a 23-7 victory over Whitehaven of Memphis on Dec. 3, 2010.
Maryville has now won an unprecedented 13 state titles and is one of 50 schools being honored on the seventh annual MaxPreps Tour of Champions presented by the Army National Guard.
The Rebels' football team was honored last year for a 14-1 season and was No. 51 in the final 2010 rankings.
"On behalf of MaxPreps, I would like to congratulate Coach George Quarles and the Maryville High School football team on an incredible season," said President Andy Beal. "MaxPreps is once again honored to partner with the Army National Guard in saluting 50 of the top high school football teams in America.
"This is a huge honor to be recognized as one of the top teams in the country. It says a lot about our program and we've been doing it for a long time. We're not just a one year wonder and we're happy to be honored by MaxPreps," said Maryville head football coach and athletic director George Quarles, who completed his 13th season. Since 2004, his teams are a cumulative 116-4 and a .966 winning percentage.
Senior quarterback Patton Robinette led the Rebels offense, which averaged better than 37 points per game. He completed 71 percent of his pass attempts, threw for 1,522 yards and 22 touchdowns and ran for 886 yards and 16 more scores. Sophomore Shawn Prevo was the team's leading rusher with 1,501 yards and 20 TDs as he ran behind center Jay Guillermo and right tackle Brandon Guy - a pair of seniors.
Maryville's defense was no slouch, either. They allowed only 120 points for the season and held 12 opponents to seven points or less. Linebackers Jacob West (102 total tackles, one quarterback sack, one fumble recovery) and Nathan Miranda (team-leading 105 tackles, including 14 for loss) sparked he defense. Free safety Jay Yoakum (53 stops) and cornerback Brandon Johns (66 tackles and five pass interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns) gave support. All are seniors.
Tennessee Army National Guard SFC Malcolm Campbell presented Coach Quarles and the team with the Army National Guard national ranking trophy in-between girls' and boys' basketball games Friday night.