By Brian Akins:
Maryville vs. Oakland: The New Rivalry
By: Brian Akins
The sixth installment of Maryville versus Oakland kicks off this Friday night. The newly developed rivalry between the Rebels and the Patriots has proved to have 6A state championship implications four of the five times that the two have met. The matchup dates to 2014 when the two met in the 6A semifinals, where Maryville won 26-14 to advance to Cookeville. The Rebels went on to win the 6A championship in 2014. In 2015, Oakland and Maryville met once again in the semifinals where Maryville once again defeated the Patriots by a final score of 27-13. The tables turned in 2016 when the two met for a third time in the state semis, but the result was different as Oakland rolled 23-7 over Maryville to advance to the 6A championship. The fourth matchup in 2017 was a little bit different as the Rebels traveled to Murfreesboro to take on the Patriots in Week Two of the regular season. Maryville’s 17-14 loss came as a surprise to many of those in East Tennessee, as Oakland managed to find a way to pull out a win late in the game. Come November of 2017, the new rivals managed to meet up once again in the semifinals of the 6A playoffs, where Maryville was able to redeem themselves of regular season loss with a 31-28 playoff victory over the Patriots. Maryville currently leads the young series 3-2 over Oakland, but 2018 is a new opportunity for the Patriots to tie up the series and potentially meet up with the Rebels once again in the state semifinals. There is no way to predict what will happen this Friday, but if history prevails then it is set to be a close matchup. Derek Hunt in his second season with the Rebels looks to extend his record to 2-1 over the Patriots, while Kevin Creasy in his third season looks to extend his record over the Rebels to 3-2. Oakland and Maryville are nearly three hours apart but come football season they are bound to run into each other along the way. Each year one question remains, who will prevail the Patriots or the Rebels?