The Maryville High School’s football team cleared another hurdle in the Class 6A state playoffs Friday night, but may be losing one of its unsung heroes in the process.
It was a slip and fall injury which sometimes happen in ball games. Senior middle linebacker Haden Townsend had to leave the game because he sustained a knee injury in the first half of the 41-20 victory over Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett in a state quarterfinal.
Maryville coach George Quarles reported that Townsend was initially diagnosed by doctors who said that the player has an ACL injury. Results will be more conclusive after results are out on Monday
Quarles said Saturday that Townsend has made the most of his first year as a starter. Although he did not get as much accolades as other senior players, but he has been a key player in the team. The guy has shown himself solid all the time he played with the team. He made lots of calls and making and adjustment for the defense. He doesn’t get a lot of attention, but he’s one of those guys you’ve got to have. It’s just a bummer for him and for our team.”
The Rebels (13-0) travel to play Siegel (13-0) on Friday night.
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