MARYVILLE (WATE) – As high school football teams transition to full pads this summer, some schools are sweating the new TSSAA rule changes for player safety. But not the Maryville Rebels.
Maryville head coach George Quarles is known for what some might call light practices. The rebels design their week to get them ready for game night while remaining healthy. Regulations on less contact and water breaks aren’t changing much of Maryville’s approach.
“There’s a fine line,” says Quarles. “We don’t do two-a-days. Really we can’t because of our school system as early as we start. But, at the same time, I do think we work really hard, but we try to work really smart and save our guys for Friday nights.”
Adds offensive lineman Wes Ferguson, “The last thing we want to do is come out here and have a season or career ending injury. So we come out and just try to get better and avoid injuries.”
It’s hard to argue the results. The rebels are going for their third straight title and fifth in the last six seasons.