Preview: West vs. Maryville

It was all Maryville seniors Adrian "Tank" Baker and Tyler Maples Friday night vs. regional rival Central. Baker shook off two early fumbles and rumbled to life for 175 yards and two scores. Maples had 49 yards and a score on offense and two interceptions on defense, one returned for a score.

Central senior TE had an impressive night with 130 yards on 4 receptions. Twice he put the Bobcats in scoring position and they answered with 10 of their 17 points.

Neither team scored in a 1st quarter that was plagued with mistakes and miscues for both teams. Maryville would regroup and dominate, but Central never seemed to recover. The result was a 41-17 decision for the Rebels and Head Coach George Quarles 100th career win.

Looking Ahead

The Maryville Rebels are on the road this week to the "House that Wilson Built". Current Bearden Head Coach Bill Wilson may have put the Knox West Rebels on the map, but it's now up to Coach Scott Cummings and staff to keep them there.

Cummings had the Maryville defense plumb confused for a whole half last season, with quick runs up the middle and an equally quick short passing game. All that faded at halftime, when the Coach Gaylor and the MHS defensive staff got together. The end result was a 45-12 shellacking, but the first half showed just how inventive Cummings and staff can be.

Equally troublesome for the RED Rebels is the fact that they always get West after an emotional game vs. Powell or Central. That rings true again this year and you can believe Coach George Quarles and staff will spend some time keeping their Rebels attention leading up to the game.

The WEST Rebels junior signaler caller Jake Ryan has started to look more and more like his NFL alum father Pat, as of late. Ryan threw for three TD passes and 184 yards against the #3 ranked Morristown West Trojans just two weeks ago. West lost that game in a close 24-19 decision.

Ryan has nearly 1,000 yards passing and 14 TD's just through the half way point of the season. His favorite targets include Ruben Glass, Ken Easterly and Yashan Campbell, who have accounted for 700 of Ryan's passing yards.

West prides them self on the rushing game too, with starting RB TJ Wilson hovering around the 600 yard mark. Yashan Campbell will also run the ball as will Jake Klotzbach.

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