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Nick’s Sick Night

Quarterback throws for 300, runs 100 as Rebels take shootout

By Stefan Cooper
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Maryville quarterback Nick Myers keeps for some of his 98 yards rushing on Thursday. Photos by Brandon Shinn

Kassidy Householder’s got a nice arm.

Jesse Moore and Summer Shore both have good size and will catch the ball in traffic.

Even the cheerleaders cut loose with a game of catch after top-ranked Maryville blasted Farragut, 60-41, in a shootout Thursday night at Shields Stadium.

The two teams combined for over 1,000 yards of offense and 13 touchdowns as the Rebels (8-0, 5-0) took command of the District 4AAA race with two games to play.

“Welcome to Big 12 football,” Maryville coach George Quarles said, “Baylor and West Virginia.”

Rebel quarterback Nick Myers completed 12 of 18 passes for 325 yards and six touchdowns to supercharge Maryville’s offense to a 629-yard night.

Moore even caught an errant Myers pass on the sideline during the contest.

“Well, off the bounce,” Shore said.

Myers was a big part of the problem for Farragut (3-5, 2-3), the Rebel senior adding 98 yards rushing on nine carries.

Shawn Prevo sets sail on a 98-yard kickoff return for a score.

Junior Shawn Prevo, Maryville’s feature back, added 73 yards and a score on 12 carries, Trenton Shuler and Jaylen Burgess 46 and 45 yards, respectively, as the Rebels pounded Farragut for 287 yards on the ground.

Myers made the connection with receivers Cody Carroll, D.T. Bailey and T.J. Kimble in the passing game, and, while the Admirals responded with 463 yards offense, it was Maryville’s superior aerial assault that proved decisive.

“We needed it to be that way,” Quarles said. “People have been loading up on us to stop the run, and we needed to show we can make some plays over the top. For us to be successful, we can’t be one-dimensional. I just think you could tell they were selling out on the run.”

Carroll finished with three catches for 139 yards and touchdowns of 33, 37 and 68 yards. Bailey, a heretofore unknown, had a monster night of three grabs for 110 yards and two scores spelling Carroll in Maryville’s spread offense.

T.J. Kimble was one of three Rebels with touchdown catches.

Kimble added three catches for another 59 yards and a score as the Rebels took full advantage of Farragut crowding the line scrimmage defensively to stop Prevo.

“Nick does a good job of taking what the defense give him,” Quarles said. “The good thing is he’s gotten so many reps now he’ll call something before I can, which is something I like.”

A night Maryville nearly fried its brand-new, big-screen scoreboard began with the Rebels marching 80 yards for a 7-0 lead on the game’s opening possession. Mixing the run with the pass, Myers capped the drive with a 33-yard toss to Carroll.

The Rebels proceeded to score on eight of their next 11 possessions, a fumble, interception and Grant Robinson punt thwarting, in all likelihood, a 70-point evening.

The teams traded scores for much of the opening quarter, with the Admirals closing to 17-14 on the first series of the second. Prevo struck quickly, rocketing 98 yards up the home sideline with the ensuing kickoff to return the advantage to 10 points, 24-14, with 11 minutes to play in the half.

“I muffed it at first,” Prevo said. “I turned around and the middle was wide open, and when I got there . . . ‘Oh, man!’

“Cody Carroll made a great block downfield.”

Miguel McNelly sights a 25-yard, first-half field goal.

Farragut kept coming. Jackson Fain, who finished with 166 yards on 23 carries, closed the margin to 24-21 one possession later.

Right back came the Rebels, going 90 yards in six plays to increase the advantage to 10 again, Myers delivering a dart to Carroll for a 37-yard score with three minutes to play in the half.

The Rebels posses one of the best two-minute offenses in the high school game, and Farragut got a good look at it with 1:34 remaining until intermission. A 54-yard drive culminated with a beautifully thrown ball from Myers to Kimble down the left sideline for 28 yards and a 38-21 halftime lead.

The second half was a large dose of the D.T. Bailey Show, and it wasn’t Admiral substitutes he was doing a number on.

“I’ve been around,” Bailey said. “I’ve just never gotten a look before tonight. I’m just trying to help the team out any way I can.”

Senior D.T. Bailey enjoyed his best night as a Rebel with three catches for 110 yards and two touchdowns.

Prevo opened the second half with a saucy, bob-and-weave 14-yard run to open the gap to 45-21 Rebels, forcing the Admirals to again press the line to watch for him. It cost them soon after Fain trimmed the deficit to 45-28 on a 10-yard with six minutes to play in the third.

Carroll first got behind the Farragut secondary for a 68-yard strike and a 52-28 lead with five minutes to play in the third. After Fain’s 4-yard score got the Admirals within 52-34 with two minutes to go in the third, Bailey collected his second scoring grab, this one of 25 yards to go with a 51-yarder in the opening half.

Holder John Garrett got a bad snap on the following point-after, forcing the defensive back/reserve quarterback to rise and scramble to the end zone to put the Rebels at 60.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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