There are very few games that come along every year that define the Great American Rivalry Series during the fall and Alcoa’s victory on Thursday night will be one of those games. Thursday night’s battle between the two traditional rival schools was one for the record books and kept the over 15,000 fans in attendance on the edge of their seats until the final whistle blew.


Connor Bravard


Robby Pederson


Robby Pederson is a two-year letterman in varsity football and a three year letterman in wrestling for Maryville. He is Maryville Scholar and a member of the National Honor Society. He has worked with the Food Connection and Habitat for Humanity and plans to study Pre-Med in College. He is accompanied by his mom and dad, William and Elizabeth Pederson.
Parker Brown


Parker Brown is a three year letterman on the varsity football team and a two year letterman in track for Alcoa. He carries a GPA well above 4.0 and is a member of the National Honor Society and German National Honor Society. He has been selected to attend boys’ state and plans to attend Belmont University and major in Engineering. He is accompanied by his parents, Mike and Joni Brown.


Danny Spradline


Danny Spradlin was a starter against Alcoa all three of the years he was at Maryville, with the Rebels winning all three years. He was All-State and All-South his junior and senior years and was named Blount County Player of the Year as a junior and senior. He started for four years at the University of Tennessee and played six years in the NFL for the Cowboys, Buccaneers, and Cardinals.
Jim Whaley


Jim Whaley played fullback and linebacker on Alcoa’s first state championship team in 1977. He played in the series between the two schools from 1974-1977, making numerous plays to determine outcomes of the games. He graduated in 1978 and was offered a football scholarship to play at Tennessee Tech.


The game was a classic battle throughout the first half with Alcoa taking a 14-0 halftime lead. As the teams exited the field at the half, everyone across the stadium was sure that the second half would be a slugfest as well. In the second half, Maryville scored on touchdown passes. But the game came down to the elusiveness and pure speed of Hamrick as he slided between defenders and scampered for over 140 of his yards in the second half.