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Maryville College teammates and staff feel fire of Rebel-Tornado rivalry

August 24, 2010
Maryville High School

By Marcus Fitzsimmons
Originally published: August 24. 2010 3:01AM
Last modified: August 23. 2010 6:14PM

As Alcoa-Maryville rivalry week moves toward Thursday's annual contest, even the college practice fields are feeling just a pinch of extra excitement.

A few traces of black and red and touches of maroon and aluminum surface around the Maryville College practice fields adding some fun to the drills and scrimmages of fall football camp.

“There's always a lot of trash talking right before game time, but after the game last year, it was even worse,” MC senior running back and Alcoa-product Darrell Tate said.

Standing next to Tate, Maryville High alum and starting middle linebacker for the Scots, Tanner Caylor, playfully rolled his eyes.

“I always get to say I whooped up on him back then, but that's the only thing I got to say last year,” Caylor said of Alcoa's 41-24 victory that broke an eight-game Rebel win streak in the series.

“We can say we finally beat them,” Tate explained. “But he can always go back to, ‘did we ever beat them when we were there.'”

The former Rebel contingent includes Caylor, receiver Zane Winders and starting strong safety Caleb Clement, as well as new running backs coach Ryan Tallent. Besides Tate, Alcoa claims senior offensive lineman Corey Brewer.

“It's always exciting Maryville-Alcoa week, ever since we were little kids,” Caylor said. “I'll definitely be there at the game. I've never missed one since I was like 8.”

Tallent, who is following a successful football career at Tusculum with his first coaching stint, has seen the rivalry and how it plays out between the close communities that have produced 13 state titles the last 10 seasons.

“Its always real exciting that week for both towns. We get along — except for one week a year,” Tallent said.

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