Maryville scores four unanswered TDs to down Powell, 52-31

5A power Powell matched 6A contender Maryville in the first half.
Published: Aug. 26, 2021 at 1:56 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 26, 2021 at 3:09 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - A Rivalry Thursday matchup that had been circled on the calendar for months lived up to the hype at Shields Stadium.

Matt Lowe’s Powell Panthers - the top-ranked team in Class 5-A controlled the ball first and drove deep into Maryville territory before being held behind the sticks on third down.

The Panthers chewed up the clock with a nine minute first drive before Derek Hunt’s Red Rebels offense saw the field. Noah Vaughn scored the first of his four touchdowns of the night in the second quarter to give Maryville its first lead of the game, 7-3.

Powell responded quickly with a 20-yard touchdown strike from junior quarterback Jordyn Potts to senior Jayden Collins that put the Panthers up 10-7.

Maryville tied the game up at 10 with a 39-yard field goal by Corbin Price.

Potts later found a streaking Adarius Redmond in one-on-one coverage for a 67-yard touchdown pass to re-take the lead, 17-10 with a little less than five minutes to play in the first half. Maryville put together a drive of its own, capped off by Noah Vaughn’s second touchdown of the evening from five yards out to tie the game back up at 17-all.

Powell’s defense was holding up well against the Rebels just before halftime until Maryville’s Markel Fortenberry was hit late out of bounds. The penalty set the Rebwls up just outside the red zone with just 17 seconds left. Furman commit Carson Jones called his own number on the next play to give Maryville its second lead of the game, 24-17 at the half.

Maryville’s offense came out firing in the second half, finding the end zone three times in a row. The scoring spree was capped off by Noah Vaughn’s fourth touchdown of the night to put the Rebels up 45-17.

Powell was finally able to end its second half scoring drought with 5:10 to play in the fourth quarter when Jordyn Potts barreled over a defender into the end zone.

Maryville travels to Farragut for its first region game of the season next Friday, while Powell heads to Karns for a regional matchup with the Beavers.

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