MARYVILLE, Mo. — After not allowing a score in its first-round district game, the Maryville High School football team continued its trend with a 47-0 victory over the Lawson Cardinals Friday.
Following a dominating first-round victory, the Spoofhounds (9-1) and Cardinals (7-4) renewed a rivalry but Maryville’s stifling defense was able to keep the Lawson offense in check as the Hounds were able to pull away late for a second-round win.
“Both teams played extremely hard,” coach Matt Webb said. “I’m very proud of our kids and the effort they made. … Just being able to be explosive tonight was the difference. We moved the ball well but at the same time, those big plays kind of made the difference.”
The Spoofhounds didn’t get out to the start they anticipated as their first drive stalled out on the Cardinals’ 21-yard line.
Maryville turned the ball over on downs after a 5:44 minute drive and allowed Lawson to drive 36 yards before the Cardinals fumbled the ball on the Spoofhounds’ 43-yard line, setting up Maryville’s first score.
Ten seconds after the Hounds regained possession, junior quarterback Ben Walker found senior wide receiver Tate Oglesby for a 57-yard touchdown pass and the first points of the day with 3:48 remaining in the first quarter.
Lawson was able to get good field position off of the next kickoff but was unable to do anything with it as Webb and company stopped the Cardinals on fourth down.
Maryville’s following drive screeched to a halt as a fumble gave Lawson another opportunity to tie the game. The Spoofhounds didn't budge though as a bad snap on a punt set up the Hounds’ next score.
On the first play of the drive, junior Connor Weiss rumbled his way to an 18-yard touchdown run to put Maryville up 14-0 with 7:43 before halftime.
With four minutes remaining in the first half, the Spoofhounds looked primed to score again as senior wide receiver Deon Metezier pulled down a jump ball over a Lawson defender, but as he was running down the home sideline, a couple of Cardinals were able to knock the ball out of Metezier’s hands and keep it in bounds to capture possession.
While it could have been easy for Maryville to sulk in the moment, Oglesby said the message was to stay focused.
“We just had to stay invested all the way from top to bottom,” Oglesby said. “ … Obviously, we wish it could’ve come out better but to work back into it and get the flow going our way is good for us.”
The Spoofhound defense was able to hold firm once again and the Hounds took over with less than a minute before halftime. That didn’t matter for Oglesby as he took a pop pass from Walker 57-yards, winding through the Lawson defense, for a touchdown. The score gave Maryville a 21-0 lead going into halftime.
Despite a couple of fumbles and miscues on offense, Walker said being able to respond from those mistakes gives the team more assurance knowing they can overcome them and get the job done.
“I think it gives our whole offense and team an extra confidence boost just knowing that we can do whatever we really want to a certain level,” Walker said.
The opening drive of the second half followed the same pattern as the previous drives. Prime field position off the kickoff was all for naught. Once again, Maryville forced a turnover on downs and sparked its fourth scoring drive of the night.
Junior running back Trey Houchin capped off an 80-yard drive with a 15-yard touchdown run to put the Hounds firmly ahead 28-0.
That wouldn’t be all for Maryville as a 1-yard touchdown run from Walker and a senior kicker Nic Garner extra point would qualify the Spoofhounds for a running clock with 11:30 still to play in the final quarter.
Freshman running back Caden Stoecklien found the endzone for the third time in two games on a 20-yard run. Minutes later, Metezier capped off Maryville’s victory with a 48-yard punt return.
The No. 1-seeded Spoofhounds will take on the No. 2 seeded Lathrop Mules in a heavyweight matchup at 7 p.m. next Friday at the Hound Pound for the Class 2 District 8 championship.
“We know what’s coming next week,” Oglesby said. We’ve had a goal since the beginning of the season to win districts. I mean, it’s coming to reality now.”