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Rebels rule Spartans in battle of defending champs

MARYVILLE — Webb's 17-game winning streak was snapped Saturday night, Aug. 20, as the Spartans started a new chapter at quarterback and Maryville rolled to a 30-7 victory in Airport Motor Mile Kickoff Classic at MHS.

Both teams came into the season opener fresh off winning a state championship in Cookeville last December.

While Spartans junior Jack Grayson took the helm in his first varsity high school start, Maryville returned University of North Carolina commitment quarterback Patton Robinette. Robinette's experience and decision making proved to be the deciding factor as Maryville extended its 15-game win streak.

Robinette capped off a 6:49 drive with a 3-yard touchdown scramble early.

Webb was quick to answer, taking the next possession to the MHS 32-yard line before a reverse play found receiver T.K. Kelly throwing to a wide open Neil Butler to notch it, 7-7.

Up 10-7, the Rebels grabbed momentum for good after Robinette's first touchdown pass. He added a 25-yarder, finished 12-of-14 passing for 134 yards.

“That bigger stuff is tough to defend,” Webb linebacker Brewer Congleton said. “[Robinette] was good and his mobility was better than we expected. ... We did some things right but we definitely made mistakes and we'll correct those from the film.”

A rushing TD from Dylan Shinsky capped the Rebs’ scoring.

“We felt like we had to have a couple of wrinkles,” Webb head coach David Meske said. “And understandably so after losing four-year starting quarterback Parker Wormsley.”

Grayson finished 3-of-6 with two interceptions. “The whole team is going to work harder than we ever have,” he said. “We're not going to lose again. It's unacceptable to lose; Webb's not a losing team.”


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