BY BRIAN HAMILTON
MARYVILLE – Maryville defeated Region 2 foe Cleveland 42-7, as the Rebels executed well in all three phases of the game — offense, defense, and special teams. Maryville enters its bye week on a high-note and look to continue that heading into the Class 6A playoffs.
“I think Cleveland is a good football team, but we just executed well,” Maryville head coach Derek Hunt said. “In the first half, we just had our way. Defensively, we were really strong and had a lot of guys making plays.
It didn’t take the Rebels long to get on the scoreboard, as Noah Vaughn ran for a 1-yard touchdown to give Maryville a 7-0 lead.
Vaughn’s second touchdown run of the night came on a 14-yard run, giving the Rebels a 14-0 lead with 3:01 to go in the first.
Defensive end Jason Manaker blocked a Cleveland punt on the next possession, with Maryville recovering it at the 1-yard line. D.J. Burks would take the direct snap on the next possession and go into the end zone for a 21-0 lead with 1:23 left in the first quarter.
Vaughn went 31 yards for his third touchdown of the night with 9:23 left in the second quarter, putting the Rebels in front 28-0.
Quarterback Carson Walker Jones threw an 8-yard touchdown to receiver Carson Webb Jones to extend the lead to 35-0 with 3:38 left before halftime.
Cleveland would finally get on the board with 19 seconds remaining in the half, as Tate O’Brien caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Drew Lambert, cutting the Rebels’ halftime lead to 35-7.
Maryville did not face a third down in the first half.
Gage LaDue would run for a 4-yard touchdown early in the third quarter give the Rebels a 42-7 lead, which would be the final result, as neither team scored again.
Carson Jones was perfect on the day, going 13-for-13 for 203 yards passing with one touchdown. Noah Vaughn finished with 83 yards and three scores on nine carries and hauled in a 71-yard reception.
Maryville (7-0, 3-0 Class 6A Region 2) will be back in action on October 15 at Hardin Valley (0-6, 0-3), while Cleveland (5-2, 1-2 Class 6A Region 2) will travel to Bearden in two weeks.