Rebels wreck Rebels, 2 weeks till Halls

The Maryville Rebels started slow vs. West Friday night, but man oh man did they finish strong. The Red Rebels racked up 23 points in the second quarter and would finish off West with a 21 point scoring flurry in the 3rd quarter for a 49-12 win.

Maryville was lead by senior signal caller Derek Hunt, who threw for two TD's and ran for another 15 yard score.

Defense played a huge role for Maryville, with 4 different DB's coming up with interceptions on West QB Jake Ryan's worst night of throwing the ball thus far.

Looking Ahead

Maryville has an open date this week to rest up, heal up and prepare for what's left of the regional stretch. The only injury of note is to senior center Louis Darras. Darras has had reoccurring shoulder injuries, but he says he will ready for Halls.

Maryville did get good news as sophomore DE Justin Smith is back in the line up. Smith suffered a hand injury early in the season that sidelined him for several games. Smith had a break out game vs. Alcoa before the injury with 4 defended passes in the first half.

The Rebels are on the road for the rest of the season, to the home of the Halls Red Devils first, then to the Lenoir City Panthers to end the regular season. Combined, the two regional rivals are 4 and 10 on the season.

After losing to heavy weights Sevier County, Knox Central and West, Halls has found some success against teams more their size and relative skill level.

The Red Devils demolished Gibbs 48-6, beat 5A Karns 24-14 and blasted regional rival Clinton 34-0.

The tilt with arch rival Powell in the Battle of Emory Road didn't fall in Halls favor this year, with a heart breaking 7-6 loss at the hands of the Panthers last week. The close outcome shows how much Halls has grown though.

The emergence of junior WR Daniel Dayton has been the cause for a lot of the Devils success on the year. Dayton has a 27 yard per catch average and 550 yards for 7 TD's thru Week 6. He also had 22 tackles and 3 interceptions on defense.

Halls loves the power run game the most though and will give every opponent a heavy dose of RB's Reese Kelley and Wesley Kitts. The junior duo has combined for 630 yards thru Week 6 for 5 TD's. Kitts leads the way, with 389 of those yards.

Hall's not-so-secret weapon is record setting place kicker Logan O'Connor. O'Connor bested his older brother Ian's record mark of 52 yards by 4 whole yards in Hall's game vs. Clinton. His 56 yard boot adds to the O'Connor family lore at Halls.

Halls biggest weakness on defense is run stopping. Look for Rebel senior RB's Tank Baker and Ryan Singleton to have breakout games, before being retired for the second half.

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