Maryville Football honored by Max Preps Tour of Champions

Knoxville, Tenn. (WVLT)-- The Maryville High School football team has finished No. 60 nationally for the 2017 season. The announcement was made by MaxPreps, the online high school sports leader and a site.
"Each fall, over sixteen thousand varsity football teams take the field with the dream of winning a state title. Nationwide, the best-of-the-best qualify for recognition on The MaxPreps Tour of Champions. Together, with the Army National Guard, MaxPreps honors the most outstanding teams in the nation for their state championship performance and elite national level ranking," said Andy Beal, president and founder of MaxPreps.
"Congratulations to the Maryville Rebels players, coaches and fans for an amazing year and for earning the Army National Guard's national ranking trophy."
Once-beaten Maryville (14-1) routed Cane Ridge of Nashville, 42-7, on Dec. 1, 2017 to capture the Tennessee 6A state championship. The Rebels have won the state championship 13 times since the 2000 season and now have 17 titles overall. Maryville is one of 50 schools being honored on the MaxPreps Tour of Champions presented by the Army National Guard. This marks the fourth time Maryville has been selected to the Tour of Champions as the Rebels were also honored for the 2010, 2011 and 2013 seasons. They were ranked as high as No. 11 in 2011.
"This is a huge honor. Any time you get national recognition is huge. We're very fortunate and very blessed. MaxPreps does a whole lot for a lot of people and we are fortunate and grateful to be honored by them," said Maryville head football coach Derek Hunt, who completed his maiden season.
Tennessee Army National Guard Sergeant First Class Malcolm Campbell presented Coach Hunt and the team with the Army National Guard national ranking trophy Thursday evening at halftime of the boys' varsity basketball game. The team also received a banner for their accomplishment.
"The Army National Guard represents teamwork and a commitment to community and country. Just as your team joins together to defeat adversity and win, the Army National Guard stands vigilant as a team to protect the community and country in which we live," said Master Sergeant Mark Wojciechowski. "On behalf of the Army National Guard, I am privileged to recognize this nationally ranked championship team for their dedication, leadership and teamwork."
MaxPreps Computer Rankings are used to determine team rank for the Tour of Champions. The system utilizes the huge number of game results stored in the MaxPreps database. Generally, the more a team wins the higher the ranking, but the system takes into account quality wins (against other highly ranked opponents), margin of victory, and strength of schedule. Playoff games are weighted 2.1 times a regular season game.