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Why Maryville can win

It starts with Cade Chambers. The senior quarterback took the reins this year and put together a season that saw him named a semifinalist for Mr. Football. His numbers entering the showdown with Oakland include: 113-of-165 passing for 1,839 yards and 29 touchdowns. A true dual threat, he's also rushed for 438 yards and six TDs on 60 carries.
Maryville coach Derek Hunt, a former Rebel state champion quarterback himself, shows he's still got it, but we'll stick with Chambers.
Rebel running back Tee Hodge, a Tennessee commitment, and Chambers, a future Indiana State signee, are part of one of the best backfields the school has ever fielded, but there's more to the story.
When Hodge was sidelined for a few games with a turf toe injury at midseason, junior Parker McGill roared through to a 1,000-yard season and the county rushing title. Hodge enters the Patriot game with 698 yards and 12 touchdowns on 95 carries, a 7.3 yards per carry average. McGill? Try 1,229 yards and 10 TDs on 165 rushes, an average of 7.4 yards per carry.
Hagan Webb is pretty excited about that.
So is this Maryville cheerleader.
With big-time wideouts on both sides, tight end Brody Sloan emerged this season as one of Chambers top targets: 26 catches, 369 yards, five touchdowns.
About those wideouts: Senior Ashton Maples, accompanied here on senior day by his mom, Ashley, had 29 grabs for - get this - 654 yards and 12 TDs. That is 23.0 yards per catch.
The other guy, fellow senior A.J. Davis, led the Rebels with 46 catches for 708 yards and 11 scores. He'll also play a little quarterback for you in a pinch.
The Rebel Air Force mugs for the camera.
Looks like a Roman legion getting loose.
Tanner Shiver surfs the wave during pregame. We still wonder how you get chosen for this gig.
Senior linebacker Matt Brooks is as unsung a Rebel as any to ever wear the uniform. Maryville's offense is versatile and can really put up the points, but it's a defense that's shut out five opponents this season that's been the showstopper.
Senior linebacker Seth Orren is a big part of a defense that's proven one of the state's best this fall. Oakland is stout there, too: Patriots 8.2 points allowed, Rebels 8.1. It takes a lot of guys to do that, guys like ...
Senior defensive back Jackson Jett.
You don't hear his name as much as you should, but senior linebacker Mason Shelton has proven terribly important to the Rebels. Not only is the speedy run stopper likely to lead Maryville in tackles for the second consecutive season, but Shelton's 107 tackles in 2019 are 30 better than the next best Rebel.
To sum up, Chambers needs to have a good game ...
McGill needs to have a good game ...
Hodge needs to have a good game.
Mostly ...
It's this guy. Hunt has faced intense scrutiny since following George Quarles at the Maryville helm. Time and again, he's gotten it done. No reason to doubt him now.