Fans couldn’t have asked for a better home season opener than Alcoa-Maryville. Ranked by many as the two premiere football programs in the state, this game lived up to its expectations. In front of more than 10,000 fans, the Tornadoes showed why they were the kings of Blount County.


Jaron Toney


Daniel Robinson


Cody Norton



George Parker


Mike Casteel



From opening kickoff both teams were hungry for a win. Alcoa would be the first to score off a Jaron Toney scamper to the end zone. Maryville would follow up with a score of their own by returning a fumble 50 yards to the end zone. The first half would end with the Rebels on top 17-14. Alcoa's running game returned in the second half when Toney busted out of a pile and ran 72 yards down the sideline only to be pushed out at the two yard line. No one was surprised when Coach Rankin called Toney's number the next play setting up a two yard touchdown and Toney's third on the night. That score put the Tornadoes in front and they never looked back. Fans rushed the field as the clock ticked down ensuring an Alcoa win. From 30 yard line to 30 yard line fans circled around the team while hugging and congratulation one another. In the middle of that circle Jaron Toney was presented his well deserved game Great American Rivalry Series MVP by Sgt. Hurt, MPA of RS Nashville. The team was then addressed by Commanding Officer Banning and Sgt. Hurt, congratulating them on their 41-24 victory and handing over the Championship Trophy. Alcoa would finish the game with an astonishing 454 yards, none of which were passing. Jaron Toney accounted for 249 of those yards and all six touchdowns. Maryville quarterback Philip Juhlin was the one shining light for the offense rushing for 21 yards and passing for 206.