Tornadoes Do it Again

The Tornadoes from Alcoa (Tenn.) completed the 2008 season in winning fashion with a 28-14 victory over the Milan (Tenn.) Bulldogs. The win marked victory number 69 out of the last 75 games for the Tornadoes and their fifth straight state championship.

Led by a group of young talent the Tornadoes raced to a 21 – 0 lead before having a punt blocked leading to a Milan score. The Tornadoes defense swallowed up the Bulldogs and only allowed them to six yards in the first half. In the end the running game from juniors Jaron Toney and sophomore Taharin Tyson proved to be too much as the Tornadoes ate clock most of the game.

The success of the Tornadoes since 2000 has led many to question, how can this 2A program have so much success? Alcoa has hauled in six state championships since 2000 with great players like Brandon Warren, current Tennessee tight end and Kentucky quarterback Randall Cobb. Fans can expect the Tornadoes to keep the streak alive with some rising stars like junior tight end Tyler Robinson, junior Jaron Toney, and sophomore Taharin Tyson.

The success of Alcoa has been more than impressive, but to add to this is the fact that the school is located less than six miles from perennial 4A power Maryville. In fact, the five of the six losses that Alcoa has suffered in their past has come to the Rebels from Maryville.

Today the Rebels from Maryville (Tenn.) hope to continue the Blount County trend with a win over Nashville-Hillsboro. A win would give Maryville (Tenn.) their seventy fifth consecutive win and fifth state championship. The Rebels led by senior defensive end Justin Smith have been rolling all season long with a knack to find a way to win.

One of the most interesting aspects about the Rebels and their great success is the fact they typically do not have many college football bowl subdivision prospects. The players for the Rebels just seem to make zero mistakes. Imagine a team where receivers run perfect routes, linemen take perfect angles, and trick plays always work and you have Maryville.

With the resumes of these two great teams it leads the question, is Blount County the center of Tennessee high school football? With a combined 13 state championships and .960 winning percentage both schools have made a strong case. If the Rebels are able to pull off a fifth state championship in a row and seventy fifth consecutive win they will only make the case stronger.

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