ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — The Maryville High School football team remained in its conference schedule beating Benton 47-7 Friday.
The Spoofhounds (5-1, 4-0 MEC) were able to score early and often as the offense was firing on all cylinders from the start.
On the first position of the game, Maryville put together a meticulous drive running the ball and taking 1:30 off of the game clock before junior running back Connor Weiss found the endzone from two yards out.
The second drive would yield the same results as the Spoofhounds served Benton a healthy serving of the run game from all three of its backs. Junior Trey Houchin finished off the drive with a 15-yard touchdown run to put the Spoofhounds up 13-0.
“It's nice knowing you are able to get a break every once in a while,” senior running back Aiden Cullin said. “You don’t have to do everything yourself because we can all do it, we can all carry the load.”
As Maryville got the ball for the third time, its third running back scored. Senior Aiden Cullin added a 5-yard touchdown run of his own to make the score 20-0. Another Houchin score pushed the lead to 33-0 at the halftime intermission.
“Coach Houchin does an excellent job seeing what a defense is lined up in,” coach Matt Webb said. “It’s not that you go into the game saying ‘Hey, we’re going to get so-and-so a certain amount of carries.’ It’s kind of how the defense lines up.”
Junior quarterback Ben Walker kept his scoring streak alive 3:04 into the second half as the Spoofhounds intercepted Benton’s Caden Stone’s pass, then, the next play, Walker found senior wide receiver Tate Oglesby for a 52-yard touchdown pass to extend the lead to 39-0.
With the touchdown, Walker has scored a touchdown in every game this season.
Wet and sloppy field conditions affected senior placekicker Nic Garner’s extra points as the usually automatic kicker made three of seven point-after attempts.
After the score, Benton’s Chol Ater took the ensuing kickoff 91 yards for the Cardinals’ first and only score of the game. Atler was held relatively quiet on the night as he accounted for a couple of big plays but not enough to affect the game.
As Benton was seeming to get momentum, Cullin took it away 1:27 later as he took a Walker handoff 52 yards for his third touchdown of the night.
The scoring concluded as the Spoofhound junior varsity forced an intentional grounding call in the endzone which resulted in a safety for the Hounds.
“Benton has some very big defensive linemen,” Webb said. “They’re hard to move with their size. So when you can move them and kind of get past the initial point of attack, that’s a start to it. … Whether its Blake Casteel or Jeff Stooksberry or Jackson Bram or Tallon Nolan, those all-state guys getting downfield and making those blocks is what really springs those long runs.”
Houchin echoed Webb’s sentiment about the offensive line and said the only thing that matters at the end of the game is the result.
“We all love each other,” Houchin said. “O-line did great today. I mean, we don’t really care about the carries, we just care about the scoreboard.”
Maryville is now tasked with something it hasn’t had to deal with in the middle season for a long time — a bye week. The Spoofhounds get a week off before they host Savannah Oct. 18.
“It was a good win,” Webb said. “I think we came out with a good attitude. … I was proud of the way our kids came out.”