MARYVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - Blount County's annual high school football battle between Maryville and Alcoa is getting a national stage.
This year's game will be televised nationally by ESPN2.
"I think (athletics director) Josh (Starks) said there will be 100 million (viewers) maybe," Alcoa head coach Gary Rankin said at a Monday press conference to announce the game.
"Maybe that will satisfy my wife because every time we get beat she says there's 100 million people that don't care. Maybe some more will care this time if that many is watching it."
While viewership might not be that high, the game is bound to spark plenty of interest locally and nationally.
"It's a big enough game as it is," said Maryville head coach George Quarles.
"Last year we took it to a new level obviously when we had Jerry Rice, and it was on Saturday night and it was on TV. This will take it to a different level. Obviously, they're going to be pretty pumped up.
The game will be played on Sunday, Aug. 26 at noon at Maryville High School.