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Churches, community prep for Maryville/Alcoa ESPN game

One of East Tennessee's top high school football rivalries will be in the national spotlight Sunday.

Maryville will play Alcoa on ESPN 2 Sunday at 12 p.m.

The game is so big this year, area churches are even adjusting their schedules so people can watch the game. Both schools told 10News that when they learned ESPN would televise their competition, they quickly sought the support of community congregations.

"To our surprise, most of the churches have been extremely supportive," said George Quarles, head football coach at Maryville High School.

Alcoa's First United Methodist Church will combine its two morning services into just one, which will start at 8:30 a.m.

"I thought it would be good for us as members of the community to support our community," said Rev. Dwight Kilbourne, pastor of First United Methodist Church.

Gary Rankin, the head football coach at Alcoa High School, said he is also excited for the game because it will allow both schools to show the nation East Tennessee's football talent.

"To have the opportunity to play on ESPN, was something we just couldn't pass up," Rankin said.

More than 10,000 people are expected to attend the game. It will be played at Maryville's newly renovated stadium.

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