And the only merciful thing about this game from Science Hill’s standpoint was the fact it ended in one hour and 56 minutes.
Perennial state powerhouse Maryville dominated the Hilltoppers on both sides of the ball, building a 35-point halftime lead and coasting to a 42-0 win in the first round of the TSSAA Class 6A football playoffs on Friday night.
It was a season-ending loss for the Hilltoppers, who finished at 4-7. Maryville, the 16-time state champion, improved to 11-0 and moved into the second round against Knox Farragut.
“They’ve got a great football program,” said Science Hill head coach Stacy Carter. “It is one of the better Maryville football teams I’ve seen. We knew that coming in. The offense is loaded, great weapons and quarterback. The defense is solid all the way around. They’ve got a good chance to win another one. Great program, and we just got beat tonight.”
Maryville actually started a little slowly. Tee Hodge’s 1-yard scoring run was the only dent in the first-quarter scoreboard.
The second quarter was a different story. After scoring on the first play of the second period on Hodge’s second 1-yard run, the Rebels gained momentum and didn’t let up.
Hodge scored his third touchdown from six yards out, and Parker McGill added a 12-yard scoring run. It looked like it would be 28-0 at the break, but a Maryville interception set the Rebels up in Science Hill territory with a little over a minute left. Cade Chambers immediately took advantage with a 27-yard scoring strike to Ashton Maples. That set the stage for a running clock in the second half.
THE STATS DON’T LIE
Maryville outgained Science Hill 288-38 in the first half and 414-52 for the game. For the few minutes the Hilltoppers had the ball, they simply couldn’t get anything going.
“They just took stuff away from us,” said Carter. “The passing game maybe, but we just didn’t have any time to get it off. One of their defensive ends was so fast, he was getting to us and putting a lot of pressure on us. It’s hard to do when you’ve got pressure like that.”
There was one highlight as Connor Batchelder hit Solomon Dunn for a 32-yard gain.
Chris Thomas finished with 12 carries for 15 yards.
For Maryville, Hodge had 11 carries for 66 yards. Chambers was 10 of 15 for 146 yards.