The Maryville (Tenn.) Rebels held the nation's longest winning streak of 74 games, but only for one day. For Coach George Quarles and the Maryville (Tenn.) Rebels the streak was more than impressive. The Rebels have been winners of 74 games in a row, four consecutive state titles, and eight titles since 1998. For the Burros of Nashville-Hillsboro it was time to end that streak with a 10-7 victory.
The Burros from Nashville-Hillsboro came into the match up pretty confident in their chances and fully understanding their mission. In a game filled mostly with defense the Burros were able to make a few plays to cause some unfamiliar Maryville turnovers. Offensively for the Burros, Eric Gordon, led the way with 45 yards receiving and 25 yards on seven carries with one rushing touchdown.
The game seemed destined to be memorable for both teams. For the Burros they were able to ride out the storm and fight through adversity all game long. They created key turnovers and found a way to stop Maryville (Tenn.) in key situations including third and fourth down.
The Rebels on the other hand seemed to be out of sorts. The Rebels struggled to put together solid offensive drives, had mental mistakes resulting in penalties, and turned the ball over three times. In a very uncharacteristic manner Maryville only converted two out of eleven third downs and zero out of three on fourth down. The Rebels also had a very unusual delay of game penalty late in the fourth quarter forcing them to go for it on fourth down rather than attempt a 51 yard field goal to tie.
Congratulations to the Burros, Coach Scott Blade, and his staff for doing something that has not been done since the 2003 season. As for the Rebels, it should get interesting as they will move next season into one of the toughest districts in the state and also up to class 6A.