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Dawgs go to MHS No. 2, leave with one-sided loss
No. 5 Maryville dominates

MARYVILLE — Maryville takes all the fun out of football. No doubt about it. Unless, of course, you were sitting on the home side of Jim Renfro Field, the greensward on which the Rebels haven’t lost since September 2001, just after 9-11.

That was the case Friday, Oct. 2, when the Rebels (5-1, 3-0 District 4-AAA) took Bearden (5-1, 2-1) to the woodshed by a 38-0 count, dominating the Bulldogs in every phase of the game.

There was a strong effort by the Rebels line and some resounding licks by Maryville defenders.

Not since Farragut hit Bearden with a 48-10 haymaker in September 2008 has there been a longer night on the BHS sideline.

“They got the momentum early and kept us down,” Peyton Landers said. “We didn’t do much to bring us back up. We were ready for everything. Everything went downhill after that fumble. We didn’t come out ready to play in the second half.”

Maryville had 226 yards rushing and 137 yards passing, with quarterback Philip Juhlin directing the Rebel attack flawlessly.

“I really liked the way our defense played for the first 12-14 minutes,” head coach Brad Taylor said. “We just left the defense on the field too much. We didn’t make the plays and gave them some opportunities .... They don’t make mistakes, and we had to do the same.”

A 3-0 Maryville lead after the first 12 minutes proved to be deceptive. Things started well for the Bulldogs, stopping the first MHS series with a three-and-out.

But two first quarter turnovers blunted Bulldog momentum. An interception led to a first quarter field goal.

“They play really well as a team,” BHS quarterback Kyle Riemer said. “They have tremendous speed to the play. It was a rough night. We’re looking to build from this. We’ll be ready for Farragut [this Friday].”

Maryville racked up 14 second quarter points to lead 17-0 at halftime. In the second period, Maryville got the ball and wouldn’t let go, with possession time of 9:26 — 27:52 for the game.

Bearden received the second-half kickoff, but had no response, going three-and-out again. Maryville stretched the margin to 24-0 in the third stanza and added 14 more in the fourth quarter.

There was one more significant loss early in the fourth quarter. Linebacker Drew Williamson was ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct. As a result, he will miss the Farragut game Oct. 9.

That “Battle of Kingston Pike” will be at BHS’s Bill Young Field. Opening kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.


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