Maryville-Alcoa football game generates huge bucks for both schools
August 28, 2010Maryville High School
By JOSH AULT
MARYVILLE (WATE) - The battle of Blount County is one of our area's biggest rivalry football games.
Fans for the Maryville-Alcoa game lined up to get inside hours before the game even started.
"This is probably the biggest game of the year," said Michael Connell, a Maryville High School Junior.
A hour before the game started, parking spots at the Presbyterian church were filled.
"The money that comes here stays here with the Presbyterian Men's Treasurer, and when some disaster comes up like the floods in Pakistan, the men will send a few thousand dollars," said church member Clarence Durham.
Durham says he was not sure which team would win.
Another person selling parking spaces was Matt Brewster. He owns a asphalt business, and thought this was a good opportunity to advertise his business, so he rented a parking lot.
"This game usually funds most athletic program for both schools, just this one game," said Joe Pinkerton, Maryville High School Assistant Principal.
The crowds at the game are in the thousands.
"People say it gets to ten to twelve thousand that might be a little bit of an exaggeration," said Pinkerton. "It's probably 6,500 every year."
For best friends Matt Dixon, a 2010 Alcoa High School graduate, and Jeff Adgington, a Maryville High School Senior, Thursday's game can sometimes be hard on their friendship.
"Oh yeah, just jokingly . . . semi-seriousness," said Adgington.
Alcoa won the game 35-31, but for both schools, and the community, the battle of Blount County is a win win for everyone.