HARRISONVILLE, Mo. — As a tipped Harrisonville pass fell into senior defensive back Tate Oglesby’s hands 2:22 after Maryville High School football’s first touchdown, Oglesby saw nothing but open field.
The moment propelled the Spoofhounds to a 56-20 win over the Wildcats (0-2) Sept. 6 for their first win of the season and for the 14th time, Maryville (1-1) was able to avoid a 0-2 start to its season.
With the ball in Oglesby’s possession and the endzone 35 yards away, the Hounds had their first lead of the season and were about to strike again.
“I caught it and I look around like, ‘I’m good to go, right? I can return this, right?’” Oglesby said. “(There was) nothing but green grass in front of me. Credits to Caleb (Kreizinger) on that, it kind of wound up in my lap but he made the play. He was in the right coverage and he did his job on that one.”
The score gave Maryville a 14-0 lead after Oglesby punched in a two-point conversion run. From there, the Hounds never looked back as they took a 20-point lead into the halftime break.
“Obviously when you have No. 3 (Oglesby) playing for us — he’s special,” coach Matt Webb said. “He made a lot of plays tonight and I’m very proud of him.”
Maryville’s offensive unit was tasked with a defense that had allowed six first-half points to Kearney a week ago and 34 points overall. The Spoofhound offense was coming off a game where they scored 14 points.
Junior running back Trey Houchin said the offensive blueprint Webb and offensive coordinator Matt Houchin laid out for the team in practice worked to perfection, accounting for 49 of the Hounds 56 points.
“He gave us a great gameplan and we executed really well,” Houchin said. “Coach Houchin also gave us a great gameplan we came out here and showed out.”
Maryville’s running back tandem of Houchin and senior Aiden Cullen were able to command the game on the ground. The pair accounted for three scores and a large chunk of the Spoofhound offensive attack.
“Credit to the O-Lineman though,” Houchin said. “Things like that don’t happen if the O-Line doesn’t execute. The O-Line executed really well today and I’m proud of them.”
Senior defensive back and wide receiver Deon Metezier made his presence known in the second half, ending Harrisonville's opening drive of the third quarter with an interception.
With 9:03 left in the game junior quarterback Ben Walker found Metezier on a deep crossing route for a 62-yard touchdown reception.
“He’s a playmaker, that’s pretty much it,” Oglesby said. “He comes in and he works every day. He pushes me to be my best obviously on offense and defense and I’m happy for him. He comes out here and gets an interception and then, later on, gets a touchdown. I mean, that’s good for all of us.”
Even though the result of the game wasn’t in doubt, Oglesby wasn’t done making plays. Late in the fourth quarter, the Wildcats lined up to punt on fourth down. The Harrisonville punter booted a line drive kick in the direction of Maryville’s senior playmaker.
“I’ll probably get some crap for just picking it up and returning it,” Oglesby said. “I looked at the sideline and I saw Deon waving me over to the sideline so I followed him over there and I heard people yelling ‘get down, get down.’”
Surrounded by Harrisonville defenders Oglesby came to a complete stop, surveyed his options and made his decision.
“I look up and there are seven or so Harrisonville players and I’m like ‘Alright, I’ll try and reverse field here,’ because I know I’m probably not going back in after that’s over,” Oglesby said. “I reversed field and the person that hit me the hardest was Caleb Kreizinger. He hit me and I came to a stop and I looked up and saw a wall of our players and I was like ‘Alright, I’m going to do what I can do right here.’”
What Oglesby did was take the return 67 yards to the endzone to seal the Spoofhounds win.
The inaugural victory takes Maryville into MEC play where it will travel to Chillicothe to take on the rival Hornets, Sept 13. For Houchin and company, the ascendancy provided the Hounds with tenacity heading into the first week of conference play.
“It felt amazing,” Houchin said. “It gave us confidence again and we got our swagger back.”