Week One in Review: East Tennessee

For several teams across the state this was the opening week of play for the 2008 season and it did not disappoint. Fans from across the state took in some great high school football games. Find out more about some of the top games in East Tennessee this week.

Fans were able to see some great high school football action starting in East Tennessee in the "Clash of the Titans" game between Alcoa and Maryville. Coach George Quarles and his Maryville (Tenn.) Rebels came into Friday night's game with a 61 game win streak on the line against the premier 2A powerhouse Alcoa. Led by junior quarterback Philip Juhlin, who threw for 58 yards and ran for 62, the Maryville (Tenn.) Rebels knocked off county rival Alcoa 20-13. The win moved Maryville (Tenn.) to win number 62 in a row and their eighth consecutive win over county rival Alcoa.

Staying in East Tennessee fans were able to catch a glimpse of how the 2008 would season would start for two teams that annually compete out of the region as Knoxville-Fulton (Tenn.) took on Oak Ridge (Tenn.). After disappointing downslide since their 2005 state championship appearance, including missing the playoffs in 2006 and a first round exit in 2007, the Wildcats of Oak Ridge hope to turn things around in 2008. The Wildcats led by athlete Demarcus Rogers, who had 168 yards on four kick returns, was able also to add 69 yards on the ground. Rogers returned the opening kickoff 82 yards to start the game and would later return a punt 54 yards for a score. The Wildcats would add a 43 yard punt return by LeMichael Gibson as their final score. The Knoxville-Fulton (Tenn.) Falcons had 195 total yards to Oak Ridge's 115. The Wildcats were able to pick up the win 21-13.

Matched up in one of the oldest rivalries in the state Jasper-Marion County (Tenn.) took on defending 1A state champions South Pittsburg (Tenn.). The rivalry over the last few years has been a little one sided in favor of South Pittsburg, winners of the last three games. This game was dominated by the Pirates from South Pittsburg and running back David Jones, who scored three touchdowns, also added 97 yards on the ground. The Pirates were able to rush for 292 yards on the ground compared to 57 yards from Marion County. The Pirates would cruise in their first game of the 2008 title defense by a final score of 48-13.

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