Knoxville’s longest standing high school football rivalry met for the 88th time on September 8, 2017 at Alcoa High School. Alcoa and Maryville have met each year since 1948 to compete in what has become the most anticipated High School sporting event in the area. The history of the game and the long standing tradition is what makes this match up one of the most sought after rivalries in the US. Since 2000, Maryville has won 14 of the 16 meetings of the two teams.


Isaiah Cobb


George Carter


George is a four-year letterman on the varsity football team. Off the field, he participates in his church youth group and is a member of the National Honors Society. After graduating from Alcoa High School, George plans on pursing a bachelor’s degree in exercise science.
Jacob Wall


Jacob is a three-year starter in football and a four-year starter in track and field. He is President of the National Honor Society and a Member of Maryville Scholars and Latin Honors Society. He started a fundraiser called “Tackles & Catches for Cancer” raising $5,000 for Cancer research. He plans to attend college and study mechanical engineering.


Tommy Yates


Tommy played in the Alcoa-Maryville rivalry four times in his career at Alcoa. As a senior, Yates led the Tornadoes to their second consecutive undefeated season and was part of the 29-game winning streak. Yates was named All- State, All East- Tennessee, All Conference and All County as a senior before being selected as an honorable mention All-American. He was honored with the Roy N. Lotspeich Memorial Trophy as the top player in East Tennessee. Yates signed a football scholarship to Furman University and his jersey number 53 was retired by Coach Bill Bailey.


The Rebels added another one to the short but growing list as Maryville used two fourth-quarter turnovers and an 80-yard touchdown to pull off a 28-24 win over county rival Alcoa on Friday in what was another instant classic in the Great American Rivalry Series. Isiah Cobb, the MVP, rushed 109 yards to help his team to victory.